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Queen Alalah LXXXII


Lakynn Butler


Having grown up in Arkansas City with a father that worked at Cowley College, Lakynn Butler knows all about Arkalalah and the Queen coronation. However, she never thought she would be one of the five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXII.


Coronation will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 in the Robert Brown Theatre.


Butler is the daughter of Steven and Zee Butler. Her father, Steven, spent several years at Cowley College as the school’s director of piano and theory.


“I loved going up to the college as a kid and love being here at the school,” Butler said.


Grandparents are Jim and Lorraine Butler of Arkansas City, Richard and Sheryl Clower of Winfield, Jim and Debbie Phillips of Winfield, and Devere and Jolynne Brothers of Burden.

She has two brothers, Jordan 19 and Zane 12, as well as a sister, Lindzey 15.


She began taking classes at Cowley College as a senior at Arkansas City High School. In high school, she participated in volleyball, basketball, FCA, School Counts, and Leadership classes. She was also a Soroptimist Girl and was the school’s Homecoming Queen as a senior.


She has many fond memories of Arkalalah, having attended several past Queen Alalah coronations and participated in the Arkalalah Fun Runs and parades as a youngster. 


“I love the atmospheres and seeing all the people,” Butler said. “It is really a happy time. I never thought I would be up for Queen Alalah. I was nervous when I first found out, but after it sunk in it has been pretty exciting.”


At Cowley, the pre-medicine major is a tutor in the library, is involved in FCA, and is a work study in the bookstore.


In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with family.


Being one of the finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXII has Butler excited to take part in another year of Arkalalah.


“I hope to make new friendships and fun memories,” Butler said. “This will be something I can look back on and tell my kids about.”


Following graduation from Cowley, Butler plans to attend Wichita State University as part of the school’s physician assistant program.


“I find joy in helping others,” Butler said.