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Queen Alalah LXXXI


Cheyenne Hinkel


Hinkel to trade three-legged race title for shot at Queen Alalah LXXXI

Teaming with Nicole Fiorentino to win the three-legged race four consecutive years, Cheyenne Hinkel is no stranger to the Arkalalah festivities. However, this year, Hinkel will trade her three-legged race title for a shot at being named Queen Alalah LXXXI. Crowning will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Robert Brown Theatre on Cowley’s Arkansas City campus.

“I always wanted to be a Queen finalist but didn’t think it would happen,” Hinkel said.

Parents are Kevin and Donna Hinkel. Grandparents are, Darlene Bullard and Everett Hinkel (deceased) of Arkansas City, and Joyce and Don Voegele (deceased) of Arkansas City. She has a brother, Dakota 21, and two step-sisters, Karenna Hinkel and Lindsay Smith.

Hinkel graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2011 and was active in volleyball, basketball, Student Council and was the president of Students Against Destructive Decisions. She was also a member of the school’s Honor Roll.

She came to Cowley to take part in the school’s cosmetology program. Along with her work in the cosmetology department, she has taken part in the school’s Puttin’ on the Hits lip-sync contest and is a member of the President’s Honor Roll.

“Cowley has been great,” Hinkel said. “I have been able to meet a lot of new people while cutting hair at the school.”

Away from Cowley, she enjoys doing hair, and playing sports on land and water.

Hinkel has attended Arkalalah each year of her life and is happy to be one of the five finalists for Queen Alalah.

 “It has been a great experience so far, I never thought this day would come,” Hinkel said. “It has been a little overwhelming, but exciting.”

Hinkel has cut hair at Ionic Salon in Arkansas City since graduating from Cowley College’s cosmetology program in May and hopes to remain doing hair in the Arkansas City community after obtaining a degree in applied science from Cowley.

But for now, she is eager to enjoy this experience with four girls she considers friends.

“I hope we have fun and remain close throughout this experience,” Hinkel said.