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Queen Alalah LXXVII

 

Dori Stevens

Growing up in Arkansas City, Cowley College sophomore Dori Stevens has always enjoyed taking part in Arkalalah. She often wondered what it would be like to be one of the Queen Alalah candidates riding on the float during the Arkalalah parade. Well, she is about to find out, as she is 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.

“I used to watch the queen’s go by and didn’t think I would ever have a chance to be Queen Alalah,” Stevens said. “Now that I do, I am so excited.”

Stevens, a 2007 graduate of Arkansas City High School, is the daughter of Kevin and Rebecca Stevens of Arkansas City. The sophomore early childhood development major has two sisters, Abi 22, and Anna 17. Her sister, Anna, also attends Cowley.

Stevens received a theatre scholarship to attend Cowley.

“I didn’t really want to go far from home and the price was right,” Stevens said. “It has been such a good experience, I am so glad I came to Cowley. All of the teachers have been so helpful.”
At Cowley, she is involved in Phi Theta Kappa, Young Republicans, Act One, CCF, Cowley County Singers, and is a student ambassador. She also has a role in the fall musical.

“I wasn’t planning on joining all of those clubs but I love it,” Stevens said. ‘I get to meet so many different people, there is never a dull moment.”

She will play a cheerleader in Cowley’s production of Disney’s High School Musical. She will also sing in the chorus during the musical.

“The theatre department is so great to work with, Scott (MacLaughlin), Jamison (Rhoads), and Connie (Donatelli) have lots of fun,” Stevens said.

She has also worked at the pools in Arkansas City for the past five years, teaching swim lessons and helping with summer camps.

“I love helping little kids and my bosses are great,” Stevens said.

Stevens has been attending Arkalalah since she was a little girl and looks forward to the food, the street games and Pancake Feed. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

She has not decided what school she will attend after Cowley, but is considering Washburn University or Wichita State.

After college, she hopes to become a teacher.

“I want to come back to Ark City to teach kindergarten or preschool,” Stevens said. “I will do whatever God’s plan for my life is.”