Community ActivityKarlye Sturd



Queen Alalah LXXX


Karlye Sturd


Having watched her sister, Brylee, be crowned Queen Alalah LXXV and her sister, Jancye, be a Queen candidate in 2007, Karlye Sturd will take her turn at the crown as she is one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXX. Crowning will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Robert Brown Theatre on Cowley’s Arkansas City campus.

Sturd is the daughter of John and LeeAnn Sturd. Along with sisters, Brylee 25 and Jancye 24, she has a sister, Missy 22, and a brother, Michael 22. Grandparents are Bill and Terry Nadan and Lyn and Susie Woodworth of Ark City.

Sturd graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2010. While at ACHS, she was involved in FCA, Usherettes, and was a member of the cross country and girls basketball teams. She was an accomplished runner and competed at the state cross country meet her final two years of high school.

Sturd originally planned to attend Kansas State University after high school but changed her mind just a couple of weeks before her high school graduation.

“I decided to come to Cowley to get my general education classes out of the way,” Sturd said. “It has been great here and is the perfect transition from high school to a four-year school.”

Sturd came to Cowley on a Student Services Scholarship and was involved in the Cowley Activity Awareness Team as a freshman. She can be seen at numerous Tiger sporting events.

She enjoyed watching her sisters take part in the Queen Alalah coronations but did not think she would get the same opportunity.

“I am glad I get to experience what they did, not many girls get to,” Sturd said. “It is an honor and I know it will be a great experience.”

Along with her sisters, Sturd’s grandmother, Terry Nadan, mother, LeeAnn, and aunt, Stacy Eaton Tener are all former Queen Alalah candidates. Sturd’s paternal grandmother’s mother was one of the visiting queens in 1935, so the Arkalalah tradition is on both sides of the family.

Growing up, Sturd used to perform with her dance classes at the Queen coronations. She loves the time of year when Arkalalah rolls around.

“A lot of my family comes back for Arkalalah, so it is great to spend time with family and have fun,” Sturd said.

In her free time, Sturd enjoys spending time with her family, watching sporting events and riding bikes.

The sophomore science major is thinking of transferring to Wichita State University after graduating from Cowley. At WSU, she plans to major in speech pathology.

No matter if she is crowned Queen or not, Sturd plans to enjoy the experience.

“I look forward to making lots of memories and having a good time with these girls,” Sturd said. “Sharing Arkalalah with them will make it that much more special.”