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Queen Alalah LXXVII
Finalist

 

Brianna Byers


Growing up in South Haven, Brianna Byers was named Miss Ashton during her senior year of high school. The title earned her an opportunity to be a visiting queen during the Queen Alalah coronation. This time, Byers will have a chance to be Queen Alalah as she was named one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXVII. Crowning will take place at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Robert Brown Theatre on Cowley’s Arkansas City campus.

“My mom is looking forward to going to the Queen’s Tea again,” Byers said. “They treat you like royalty.”

Byers, a 2007 graduate of South Haven High School, is the daughter of Brian and Melinda Byers of South Haven. The sophomore elementary education major has a brother, Bryce 14. Grandparents are Richard and Kay Byers of South Haven, and Bob Clausen of Arizona, and Judy Clausen of South Haven.

Despite being a successful runner in high school, Byers was not going to run track in college. However, once at Cowley, she visited with Cowley College head track coach Mark Phillips about joining the team.
The decision has turned out to be a good one for everyone involved as she was a member of the outdoor conference champion 4x400 and 4x800-meter relay teams.

“The coaches at Cowley helped me step up to the next level,” Byers said.

At Cowley, she is involved in track and field, is the Student Government Association vice president, co-president of PAWS, a member of ACES and CCF, and is a student ambassador and resident assistant in the Honor’s Dorm.

“It can be challenging at times, but I am glad I am involved in everything that I am,” Byers said.

Her mother, Melinda, is a teacher at the South Haven Middle School/High School, while her uncle, Brent Byers, is a teacher in Wellington.

“Ever since I was little I have always wanted to be a teacher,” Byers said. “I would like to teach math and science somewhere in the area.”

Along with being a former visiting queen, Byers also participated in the Arkalalah parade as a member of her high school’s band. This year’s Arkalalah experience will be one to remember.

“It’s a great honor, I will enjoy this whole month,” Byers said.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is undecided as to what school she will attend after Cowley.

She has enjoyed her time at the school and is looking forward to a memorable final year.

“It’s been the best choice I have ever made, I would recommend it to anyone,” Byers said. “I don’t even like to think about graduating. I have made so many life long friends it will be tough to leave. I hope to make this year the best so I can go out with a bang.”