Community ActivityBaleigh Barnthouse



Queen Alalah LXXXI


Baleigh Barnthouse


In an ironic twist of fate, Cowley College sophomore Baleigh Barnthouse dressed as Queen Alalah 2012 during the Queen Alalah Dreams of the Future theme during the Queen Alalah Coronation in 2000.

“I have wanted to be a Queen finalist since then,” Barnthouse said.

She will have her chance to make the Dreams of the Future theme a reality during crowning, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Robert Brown Theatre on Cowley’s Arkansas City campus.

The elementary education major is the daughter of Jim and Malia Barnthouse of Arkansas City. Grandparents are, Jody and Richard (deceased) Barnthouse of Arkansas City, Dr. Sig and Freda Daehnke of Winfield, and Norman Holt of Dexter. Her great-grandmother, Pearl Holt, turned 100 in August. She also has a brother, Reed 16.

At Ark City High School, she played volleyball all four years and spent two years as a member of the softball team. She was also named a Soroptimist Girl and was a member of the Honor Roll, while being involved in KAYS, SADD, FCA, and the National Honor Society.

At Cowley, she has worked at the college’s bookstore each year at the school.

“It’s a lot of fun working with those girls and getting to know a lot of different people,” Barnthouse said. “I wish Cowley were a four-year school.”

Barnthouse said her friends and family come back each year to attend the Arkalalah festivities. She enjoys walking up town during Arkalalah and of course attending the parades.

Barnthouse coaches gymnastics for the Arkansas City Recreation Center and enjoys watching her brother, Reed’s sporting events. She also enjoys crafting and watching her beloved St. Louis Cardinals.

She hopes to attend either Oklahoma State University or Emporia State University and earn a degree in elementary education and endorsement in math, so she can teach through eighth grade math.

She considers it an honor to be among the finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXI.

“I am super excited and a lot nervous,” Barnthouse said.