Community ActivityValerie White


Queen Alalah LXXVIII


Valerie White


Preparing to graduate from Cowley College in just a year and a half, will get to enjoy her final semester at the school as a finalist for Queen Alalah.

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

White is a dedicated student that plans to graduate from Cowley in December. She had already earned six credit hours from Cowley by taking English Composition I and English Composition II classes while attending Arkansas City High School. As a freshman at Cowley, White took 25 credit hours her first semester at the school.

Needing only 14 credit hours this semester in order to graduate, White is currently taking 19 hours to get some pre-requisites out of the way before heading to the University of Kansas in the spring.

White was born in Scottsdale, AZ, and was raised in Bakersfield, CA. before moving to Arkansas City with her family while in middle school.

She is the daughter of Roger and Loretta White of Arkansas City. She has three brothers, Rufus Porter 30, Roger White 24, and Ian White 20. Grandparents are Harold and Louise Morris of Arkansas City, and Lois and Fate Hannible of Bakersfield, CA. Also, the late Orville White and the late Robert Garden.

She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2008. While at the school, she participated in cross country, track, and basketball all four years. She was also involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Students Against Drunk Drivers, Band, Work Ethics, and the Multi Cultural Student Union.

She served as an intern with the Cowley College athletic training program and received an athletic training scholarship. She is currently a student athletic trainer and manager for the women’s basketball team.

Along with her athletic training duties at Cowley, she also serves as a Student Government Association representative for SHADE (Students Honoring All Different Ethnicities), and is a work study for Kristi Shaw in the Student Life Office.

A business administration major at Cowley, White plans to major in management in leadership at KU with the hopes of becoming a professional manager for a WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) team.

White grew up playing sports and knew she wanted to stay involved with athletics in some capacity.

“Once I could not play sports any longer I knew I still wanted to be a part of working with sports. I also love management and business,” White said.

White has taken part in the Arkalalah parade while serving as a member of the Arkansas City High School band. Although extremely deserving, White is having a hard time envisioning herself as one of the finalists for Queen Alalah.

“I am really surprised, Queen would probably never be a word to describe myself, but it is still really exciting,” White said.

In her free time, White enjoys reading and spending time tutoring Morgan Cameron, a seventh grade student in Ark City.

“I enjoy tutoring her and get more from it than I thought I would,” White said.

White considers her grandfather, Harold Morris, to be one of people that has inspired her to have a solid work ethic.

With her time at the school winding down, White says she will miss the people at Cowley, especially director of student life Kristi Shaw, women’s basketball coach Todd Clark, and head athletic trainer Jeff Fluty.

White is eager to make the most of this opportunity to take the stage as a finalist for Queen Alalah.
“It’s a chance to learn and grow, which is something I am always looking for an opportunity to do,” White said. “It’s also a good opportunity to look pretty.”