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Queen Alalah LXXIX

Erin Griffiths



Involved is one way to describe Queen Alalah LXXIX finalist Erin Griffiths as the sophomore business and marketing major can be seen all around Cowley College’s Arkansas City campus.

She is the daughter of Slade and Terri Griffiths. She has two younger sisters, Ashley, who is a junior at WHS, and Courtney, who is in eighth grade. Griffiths was born in Leavenworth and moved to Winfield at the age of six.

At Winfield High School, Griffiths was a member of the volleyball and track and field teams. She also was involved in the W-Club, was the secretary of HOSA, and was a member of the Honor Roll.

At Cowley, she is president of the Student Senate, a student ambassador, resident assistant in the Kimmell Dormitory, a member of CAAT (Cowley Activity Awareness Team), and is actively involved in intramurals. She also attends all school plays, concerts and sporting events.

“I feel by staying involved you gain more out of the college experience,” Griffiths said. “The more involved you are, the happier you are.”

Being named a finalist for Queen Alalah came as a surprise to Griffiths.

“I am so excited, it is a huge honor,” Griffiths said. “I would like to thank everyone for their votes. No matter who wins I will be happy because they are all a really good group of girls.”

The business and marketing major hopes to one day become a public relations agent for a company or celebrity. As part of her busy lifestyle, she would also like to be involved in party planning or serve as a wedding planner on the side.

She gained valuable work experience this summer, while employed at radio station KSOK in Arkansas City. She began as an intern and eventually worked her way into a full-time position. Now that school is back in session, Griffiths is working part-time at the station.

“I have gained a lot of friendships and respect for the work people do there,” Griffiths said. “I love everyone there, it is a really fun place to work.”

In her free time she enjoys taking part in the college’s intramural program, playing video games on the X-Box, or spending time with friends.

With both of her grandparents and her parents being graduates of the University of Kansas, Griffiths plans to attend the school after she earns her associates degree from Cowley. If possible, Griffiths would have loved to stay at Cowley for another couple of years.

“I love Cowley, if I could make it a four-year school I would,” Griffiths said. “Pretty much everything you would want they have at Cowley. Plus, it has been great to see my dad everyday.”

For now, Griffiths plans to enjoy her final semesters at Cowley and is ready for another fun year of Arkalalah.

“I love everything about Arkalalah, the food, the people, the parades,” Griffiths said. “I look forward to having an awesome time with the girls and making memories that will last a lifetime.”