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Queen Alalah LXXX
Finalist

Samantha Nolting

Nolting immerses herself in Arkalalah festivitiesComing to Cowley College from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, Samantha Nolting was not familiar with Arkalalah. However, that did not stop her from immersing herself in the event once she came to Cowley.

“I was there for every day of last year’s event and even went to coronation,” Nolting said. “It was so much fun to see how the whole community comes together for Arkalalah.”

This year, Nolting will not be watching coronation, but rather be on stage as one of the five Queen Alalah LXXX candidates. Crowning will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Robert Brown Theatre on Cowley’s Arkansas City campus.

“I am ecstatic, I did not think I would be one of the five candidates,” Nolting said. “I have been looking forward to this since last year.”

Nolting is the daughter of Larry and Deanna Nolting. She has one brother, Nick, who is a freshman at Bishop Carroll. Grandparents are, Bud and Dorothy Nolting of Derby, and Mike and Vicki Macon of Wichita.

At Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Nolting was a member of the school’s bowling team, the Green Group, God Squad, and was involved in community service projects. She was inducted into the teaching academy as a senior and got to gain valuable field experience.

Having friends and fellow high school classmates, Zachary Reynolds and Clinton Meyer, choose to attend Cowley helped peak Nolting’s interest in the school.

“I met Kristi Shaw (director of student life) on my initial visit and she made the school feel like home,” Nolting said.

She came to Cowley on a CAAT (Cowley Activity Awareness Team) Scholarship and is involved in CAAT, Phi Beta Lambda, Chi Alpha, Film Club treasurer, Student Senate, and is a student ambassador. She also serves as the secretary for the new catholic group on campus.

“I love living on campus and the family feel here at the school,” Nolting said. “You see people you know all around campus.”

In her free time, Nolting enjoys reading Harry Potter books and doing creative things with friends.

After Cowley, Nolting plans to transfer to either Wichita State University or Emporia State University to major in Business Administration with a minor in Leadership.

“I would like to come back and be a faculty or staff at the college,” Nolting said. “I hope to be like Kristi Shaw when I grow up and be involved in Student Life activities.”

Nolting plans on getting the most out of her experience as a Queen candidate.

“I am excited to be a part of the history of Queen Alalah,” Nolting said. “These are all amazing girls and I am looking forward to us all having fun with this.”