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Arkalalah

 

Queen Alalah LXXVII
Finalist

 

Darci Mann

Working, going to school, and volunteering her time to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cowley County, Cowley College sophomore Darci Mann will take some time for her self to enjoy being named one of the 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.

At Cowley, Mann is active in theatre, PAWS, is the president of Act One, and is a Cowley Captain. She also serves as a work study in the theatre department and won the Woody Award for Best Techie.

She has served as a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor for the Arkansas City Recreation Center for the past five years, and is currently working at Camp Horizon as a camp counselor, life guard, first responder, archery instructor, and kitchen staff.

She is also an active youth group member at her church and has served as a Big Sister to Autumn O’Conner since August 2006. The experience with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cowley County has been positive.

“I love spending time with Autumn, I get as much out of it as she does,” Mann said.

Mann graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2007. She is the daughter of Darin and Darla Mann of Arkansas City. She has a brother, Daric 16. Grandparents are Jo Call of Arkansas City, Jimmy and Sharon Mann of Blackwell, Okla., and Wanda Skelton of Blackwell, Okla.

The sophomore religion major came to Cowley on a theatre scholarship.

“Cowley has an amazing theatre program,” Mann said. “This has been a great way for me to find out what I wanted to do. I am very happy I came to Cowley.”

Mann plans to pursue a degree in youth ministry. She is looking at attending a bible college in the area and hopes to one day have her own youth group and work in a church.

“I love to talk to kids about God and share my passion with them,” Mann said. “I would like to tie in my God side with my theatrical side. I would also like to do something with a camp because that is a very big part of my life.”

She served as an Usherette during a Queen Alalah coronation while in high school, and has always enjoyed the parade, whether being a participant or a spectator. Her grandmother, Jo Call, has an annual chili dinner the Saturday of Arkalalah, where the entire family gets together.

Mann’s mother, Darla (Call), was one of the five Queen Alalah candidates when she attended Cowley.

“It mean’s a lot being one of the five candidates,” Mann said. “I am really excited to have a picture like my mom as a queen candidate because she has been a huge role model for me.”

Mann plans on enjoying her final year at Cowley.

“I will miss everyone in the theatre department,” Mann said. “The whole college feels like a family.”