Community ActivityLisa Friesen

Arkalalah

 

Queen Alalah LXXXII
Finalist

 

Lisa Friesen

 

You would not guess it by looking at her, but Queen Alalah candidate Lisa Friesen is a skilled welder. She will put aside the welding gear and don a dress for the Queen Alalah coronation set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 in the Robert Brown Theatre.

 

Friesen is the daughter of Henry and Helen Friesen. She is the youngest of five siblings. She has two sisters, Sara and Tina, and two brothers, Jonny and Neil (deceased).

 

She graduated from Kingman High School in 2012 and has been taking classes at Cowley College’s Mulvane Center since Aug. 2012.

 

At Kingman, she was involved in track, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, and was named Student of the Month four times.

 

The welding technology major heard Cowley had a welding program, so she came to visit the school during its Junior and Senior Day events.

 

Her experience gained during her first-year at Cowley helped her land a job in welding at Valmont-Newmark in El Dorado.

 

“I have learned so much at Cowley. Our welding instructor, Shawn White, is wonderful. He does a good job preparing us for the real world.”

 

She learned to enjoy welding at a young age as her father, Henry, and brother, Johnny, were both involved in the trade.

 

“I grew up on a farm repairing things and took a welding class in high school,” Friesen said.

 

Working and living in El Dorado, Friesen is often asked if she attends the local college (Butler Community College).

 

“I tell them heck no, I go to Cowley,” Friesen said. “I love it at Cowley, the people are awesome here.”

 

Friesen said she considers herself to be one of the most unlikeliest individuals to be nominated for Queen Alalah, but she is looking forward to the experience.

 

“This is really special and hard to believe,” Friesen said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet new people.”

 

Friesen plans to begin taking Non-Destructive Testing classes at Cowley College next August with the plans of becoming a certified weld inspector, so she can inspect on the pipeline.