Community ActivityRosemary Simmons



Queen Alalah LXXX


Rosemary Simmons


Having taken part in Arkalalah festivities since she was a small child, Rosemary Simmons continues to cherish the hometown event.

Simmons, who grew up as a participant in the Arkalalah parade, was crowned Miss Arkansas City her senior year at Arkansas City High School. The experience allowed her to take part in the Queen Alalah coronation.

Still, she was caught off guard by her recent nomination for Queen Alalah LXXX.

“I never thought I would be one of the girls waving on the float,” Simmons said. “This is a really big honor and I am super excited.”

Crowning will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Robert Brown Theatre on Cowley’s Arkansas City campus.

Simmons is the daughter of Pat and Denise Simmons of Arkansas City. She has a brother, Davis 17. Grandparents are, Rosemary and Eugene (deceased) Von Hoene of Clovis, N.M., and Bob and Arline Simmons (both deceased) of Winfield.

At Ark City High School, Simmons was involved in student council, FCA, cross country, Usherettes, and helped back stage during the school plays. While at ACHS, she received recognition as a KU Endowed Scholar and was a member of the school’s honor roll.

She was the recipient of a CAAT (Cowley Activity Awareness Team) Scholarship at Cowley College.

“I wasn’t really sure where I wanted to go after high school but then I heard about the CAAT Scholarship and it seemed to fit me,” Simmons said. “I liked what CAAT represented and wanted to be involved in their group.”

Along with CAAT, Simmons is involved in FCA, Chi Alpha, and is a student ambassador at Cowley.
“Cowley seems to have its own little community,” Simmons said. “It has been a great experience at the school.”

Arkalalah remains one of Simmons’ favorite times of year and she is eager to share this year’s experience with the other Queen Alalah candidates.

“I love how the community comes together for Arkalalah, it just has a home like feel seeing friends and family come back for the event,” Simmons said. “We will all have a lot of fun together and I hope to make a lot of wonderful memories.”

Away from her activities at Cowley, Simmons likes to read and paint using acrylics. She is undecided on a major or where she will attend after Cowley, but is considering transferring to the University of Kansas following graduation from Cowley.

“I want to help people and I am lucky there are a lot of opportunities out there to help people,” Simmons said.