Community ActivityAubrey Denney



Queen Alalah LXXVIII


Aubrey Denney


Having grown up in Newton, Aubrey Denney was not familiar with Arkalalah prior to coming to school at Cowley College. However, it did not take Denney long to fall in love with the Arkalalah festivities. She is sure to enjoy the event even more this year as she was recently named one of the five finalists for Queen Alalah.

“Arkalalah was a lot of fun last year, it was like our hometown fair called “Taste of Newton”, except times 10,” Denney said. “With all the stuff going on it was intense.”

Crowning will take place at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Robert Brown Theatre on Cowley’s Arkansas City campus.

Denney was the last of the five finalists to learn she was a Queen candidate. She learned the news shortly after mourning the death of a family friend. Hearing she was a Queen Alalah finalist provided a much-needed pick me up.

“It really brightened my day,” Denney said. “I am very excited to be the only candidate not from Arkansas City. It should be a lot of fun and I am really looking forward to it.”

Aubrey is the daughter of Pat and Jodi Denney of Newton. Grandparents are Joyce and Cole Ellis of Millsap, Texas, and James and the late Sue Tate of Oakland, TN. Other grandparents are Dan Denney of Tulsa, OK, and the late Joy Taylor of Enboden, AR.

She has a sister, Ashley 20, which attends Kansas State University.

Denney was born in Tulsa, OK and moved with her family to Newton at the age of six. She graduated from Newton High School in 2008.

At Newton, she was involved in debate for two years and forensics and theatre all four years. She found out about Cowley through a visit by one of the school’s admissions representatives.

“They seemed to be a lot more hands on, more one-on-one teaching where I would receive better instruction,” Denney said.

Denney came to Cowley on a Theatre Scholarship. At Cowley, she is involved in theatre, Act One Drama Club, Film Club, and is a Cowley Captain. She works the lighting for events in the Robert Brown Theatre, and is a work-study for technical director of theatre, Jamison Rhoads.

She has had acting roles in the college’s theatre productions of “High School Musical” and “You Can’t Take it With You”. She will play the role of Ellen in the upcoming fall play titled “House on the Cliff”, and has enjoyed being a part of Cowley’s Theatre Department.

“Scott (MacLaughlin) and Jamison (Rhoads) are awesome, I enjoy working with both of them a lot,” Denney said.

Away from her school activities, Denney enjoys taking pictures, listening to music and hanging out with friends.

“I consider myself to be a real social person,” Denney said.

She is a theatre and education major and is considering a possible minor in lighting design. She is undecided where she will attend after Cowley but is looking at Kansas University, Emporia State University, or Stephens College in Columbia, MO.

She hopes to one day become a theatre instructor, lighting designer, or master electrician for a traveling theatre group.

However, for now, she is planning on enjoying the experience of being a candidate for Queen Alalah.
“This will be an experience I will never forget,” Denney said.