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Sturd named Queen Alalah LXXV

October 27, 2006


Brylee SturdLiving out a childhood dream, Cowley College sophomore Brylee Sturd was crowned Queen Alalah LXXV during the coronation ceremony held Friday at Cowley’s Robert Brown Theatre.

Sturd, an Arkansas City native, is the daughter of John and LeeAnn Sturd. Her grandmother, Terry Eaton, mother, LeeAnn Eaton, and aunt, Stacy Eaton Tener, are all former Queen Alalah candidates.

“It is like a dream come true,” Sturd said. “I am going to do my best to be the best Queen Alalah I can be.”

The first runner-up was Jayme Shriver, another Ark City native. The other three candidates were Sarah Aldrich, Patricia Dailey and Tamara McMillan.

The coronation also had performances by the Cowley College Tigerettes, Kristen Boxman and Halston Shaw, the Ark High Singers, Arkansas City High School Jazz Band, Ark City Dance Performance Troupe, and the singing of “Unforgettable” by Jim Pringle.

There was also a video put together by Legleiter Video Productions, which showed portions of previous coronations from 1985 through 2005.

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. Rogers also announced that Bill Docking is the 2006 grand marshal.

Dorothy Moore Harbaugh, the first Queen Alalah back in 1928, attended the ceremony and was honored by Rogers. She enjoyed the evening and had some words of advice for Sturd.

“She will love this all of her life,” Harbaugh, who is 95, said. “It is something to be proud of, she will just have to live up to it.”

 

Finalists named for Queen Alalah

finalistsAfter four days of online voting, the following five women were selected by Cowley College students, faculty, staff, and administration as finalists for Queen Alalah LXXV, to be crowned during the annual Coronation at 8 p.m. Oct. 27.

In alphabetical order:

Sarah Aldrich, Lamont, Okla.; Patricia Dailey, Seminole, Okla.; Tamara McMillan, Pensacola, Fla.; Jayme Shriver, Arkansas City; and Brylee Sturd, Arkansas City.

The Coronation will take place in the Robert Brown Theatre inside the Brown Center for Arts, Sciences and Technology on Cowley’s Arkansas City campus. Persons attending the Queen’s Coronation will vote to determine the next Queen Alalah.

The Coronation is part of the annual fall celebration called Arkalalah, an Indian word meaning “good times.” A complete list of Arkalalah activities will be available within the coming weeks.

There were 390 ballots cast to determine the five finalists.

Pictured are, front row from left, Patricia Dailey, Sarah Aldrich, and Jayme Shriver. And back row, from left, Tamara McMillan and Brylee Sturd.