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October 31, 2015


Oak crowned Queen Alalah LXXXIV


Queen Oak

After being named Little Miss Arkalalah as a child, Maranda Oak fulfilled her dream of being crowned Queen Alalah LXXXIV Friday night inside the Robert Brown Theatre.


“Being able to represent Arkansas City as Queen Alalah is the best feeling in the world,” Oak said.

By being crowned Queen Alalah LXXXIV, Oak will receive a $500 scholarship from the Ark City Clinic and an endowed scholarship from the family of Dorothy Moore Harbaugh, Queen Alalah I.

The first runner-up was Giana Fiorentino, another Ark City native. Fiorentino will be presented with a $250 scholarship thanks to General Electric.


The other three candidates were Rachel Burroughs, Jaclyn Neal, and Madeline Pegorsch.
Oak is the daughter of Jon and Tammy Oak of Arkansas City.


Queen Alalah LXXXIII, Madison McDowell, was on hand to pass her crown onto Oak.

The coronation also had performances by participants in Cowley College’s upcoming Theatre Department production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, Ryan Smykil, Ark City Dance, and the Ark High Singers.


Dr. Nick Rogers served as the Master of Ceremonies and introduced the former queens and the visiting queens from surrounding towns in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma. They were also present for the crowning of Little Mister and Miss Arkalalah.

Lance Niles, is serving as the 2015 Arkalalah Chairman and introduced Mark and Lynn Boxman as this year’s Grand Marshall.


Oak graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2014. At ACHS, she participated in volleyball, basketball, softball, Work Ethics, Kansas Association of Youth (KAY), and was the president of student council.


At Cowley, she has continued her involvement by serving as an athletic ambassador, student ambassador, and being involved in Phi Theta Kappa and the Cowley Activity Awareness Team (CAAT).


Oak has danced in the Arkalalah parades and ridden on many parade floats. She has also participated in the Fun Run, three-legged race, and numerous street games.

Her father, Jon, was previously a member of the Arkalalah committee, so Arkalalah has a special place in the Oak family.

This year’s Arkalalah will certainly add to the families many memories.