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October 28, 2016


Morgan Bruce crowned Queen Alalah LXXXV


Morgan Bruce crowned Queen Alalah LXXXVJoining her cousins Jordan and Madison McDowell as being crowned Queen Alalah, Morgan Bruce of Arkansas City was named Queen Alalah LXXXV Friday night inside the Robert Brown Theatre.

The first runner-up was Stephanie Cabrera, another Ark City native.

The other three candidates were Peyton Adams, Peyton Cravens, and Kyndal Dutton.

Bruce is the daughter of Phillip and Michelle Bruce of Arkansas City. Bruce said the other four Queen Alalah candidates were all there for her during the recent loss of her grandmother, Sherry McDowell.

“They provided me with an amazing support system and I love them all,” Bruce said. “This honor means the world to me.”

Queen Alalah LXXXIV, Maranda Oak, was on hand to pass her crown onto Bruce.

The coronation also had performances by participants in Cowley College’s upcoming Theatre Department production of “Once Upon a Mattress”, Bill VandeGiessen, Emily Lawson, and Austin Sherman, as well as Ark City Dance, and the Ark High Singers.

Dr. David Ross 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.
Otis Morrow was also introduced as Grand Marshall of Arkalalah 85.

At Cowley, Bruce is involved in the Cowley Activity Awareness Team (CAAT) and is a student ambassador.

Away from Cowley, the pre-dentistry major is busy working three jobs. She is employed at Rogers Family Dentistry, and serves as a nanny for Scott and Nicole Rogers, while also working at an area law office. She also has been involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters for the past four years and volunteers at First Baptist Church in Ark City with the Awana program.

Her cousins Jordan and Madison McDowell were previously crowned Queen Alalah in 2011 and 2014.

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