Community ActivityQueen Alalah candidate glad she chose Cowley



Queen Alalah LXXX


Jordan McDowell


With scholarship offers to play golf, debate or write at a four-year school, Jordan McDowell chose to remain close to home and attend Cowley College. The decision has been a good one for the sophomore pre-law major as she is one of five candidates for Queen Alalah LXXX.

“I love being here in Ark City with my family and church family,” McDowell said. “Coming to Cowley was the best decision for me.”

McDowell is the daughter of George and Heidi McDowell of Arkansas City. She has five younger siblings, Zack 19, who is a freshman at Cowley, Madison 16, Mason 14, Hunter 12, and Trevor 11.

McDowell graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2010. While at ACHS, she was involved in numerous activities. She spent time as a member of the golf, basketball, softball, and track and field teams, was the editor of the Ark Light school newspaper, president of FFA, captain of FCA Huddle, vice president of the student council executive board, treasurer of the National Honor Society, captain of the Debate and Forensics team, was in Usherettes, SADD, and AC Players. She competed at state in FFA, debate, and golf.

At Cowley, McDowell is involved in CAAT (Cowley Activity Awareness Team), Phi Beta Lambda, Chi Alpha, is a student ambassador, captain of FCA Huddle, and participates in intramurals and student life activities.
“CAAT has been a blessing,” McDowell said. “I have had a wonderful experience at Cowley, the faculty and staff have been great. I believe Cowley is a great place for students to come further their education.”

Away from Cowley, McDowell works at the Arkansas City Traveler where she writes stories and takes pictures for the newspaper’s Action section. She also works as an IYQ Camp Counselor and is an American Softball Association Umpire through the Arkansas City Recreation Center in the summer.

McDowell has attended Arkalalah since she was a little girl and has participated in the parades, street games, and fun run. She also makes it a point to take part in the annual pancake feed.

“Being born and raised in Ark City it has always been a dream of mine to be on the float wearing a pretty dress and crown as one of the Queen candidates,” McDowell said. “This means a lot to me knowing what the Queen coronation means to Ark City.”

In her free time, McDowell enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also likes watching movies, singing, babysitting for various families in town, and volunteering in the community.

After graduating from Cowley, McDowell plans to transfer to Washburn University to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and then a Juris Doctorate in Family Court Law.

“I want to be a family court attorney in Ark City and work with social services and the Foster Care system to help provide stable lives for children in our community,” McDowell said. 

For now, McDowell plans on enjoying the opportunity of being a finalist for Queen Alalah LXXX.

“I hope to take everything in and build a bond with the other Queen candidates,” McDowell said. “Everything from the speech to the dance will be a really fun time. I am really excited. This is a wonderful opportunity I have been given.”