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Queen Alalah LXXVIII


Dange’ Sanders

With her parents having served as former members of the visiting queen’s committee, and two of her sisters having been Queen Alalah candidates, Dange’ Sanders knows all about the Queen Alalah coronation. However, this time she will get to experience the coronation herself as she is one of this year’s five finalists.

“I really wanted to be a candidate for Queen Alalah because my sisters stories of being a part of it were so great,” Sanders said. “I can’t wait, instead of being on the outside looking in, I will actually be a part of it.”

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

Dange’ is the daughter of Donald and Margaret Sanders of Arkansas City. She has three sisters, Leatitia Jaipaul 30, Chantal Drumgol 27, and Alicia Moore 24. Grandparents are Clyde and Elaine Sanders of Colorado Springs, CO, and the late Curlee Walker of Arkansas City.

Her sisters, Leatitia and Chantal, are former queen candidates. Leatitia graduated from Cowley in 1999 and Chantal graduated from the school in 2002.

Sanders is a 2008 graduate of Arkansas City High School, where she was involved in choir, theatre, French Club, Usherettes, and the National Honor Society. She was also a member of the AC All Starz and a photographer for the school newspaper.

Her family is very important to Sanders, so she was happy to stay close to home and attend Cowley.
“Cowley has been great, everybody is really nice and they make you feel at home and like you really are part of something special,” Sanders said.

At Cowley, Sanders is involved in IMPACT, theatre, choir, and is a Student Ambassador. As a member of the Theatre Department, Sanders has had acting roles in Jack and the Beanstalk and in the college’s production of High School Musical. She is currently helping construct the set and props for the fall play “House on the Cliff”, and will direct the Children’s Theatre production of Rapunzel.

“I have always been interested in the theatre, especially since my seventh grade choir teacher, Miss (Nancy) Eis, taught me how to do hair and make up,” Sanders said. “The theatre department at Cowley is so great, they try to make everybody feel like one big happy family.”

Sanders has been a participant in the Arkalalah parade almost every year since she was a little girl, whether it be dancing, cheering, or as a representing member of the Ark City High School’s French Club.

Like many people, she enjoys the food at Arkalalah and also being one of the first people each year to ride the “Kamikaze”.

Sanders has worked at Graves Drug in Arkansas City for the past two years, and in her spare time enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her three-year old nephew, Chantz, and 21 month old niece, Janae.

She is looking forward to the experience of being a finalist for Queen Alalah.

“It will be really exciting,” Sanders said. “I am really honored that the people at school thought enough of me to vote for me.

The theatre major plans to transfer to the University of Kansas following graduation from Cowley. Sanders hopes to one day have a touring acting company that performs Children’s Theatre productions at Children’s Hospitals.

“I love kids and theatre and this way I could combine the two without losing pieces of one,” Sanders said.
Sanders plans on enjoying her final year at Cowley prior to heading to KU.

“I have made a ton of friends and will miss the school,” Sanders said. “The feeling you get at Cowley will probably be different than the feeling I will get at KU, it won’t feel like a big family.”