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Queen Alalah LXXXIII


Emily Hollister


Serving as Miss Parkerfield her senior year of high school was an enjoyable experience for Emily Hollister.

The sophomore elementary education major hopes to one up that experience when she takes the Robert Brown Theatre stage as one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXIII. Coronation is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 in the Robert Brown Theatre.

Hollister is the daughter of Richard and Melissa Hollister of Arkansas City. She  has a brother, Cody 21. Grandparents are, Phyllis and the late Rick Hollister and Sue and the late Ray Lunsford of Ponca City, OK. Her grandparents Del and Janet Heidebrecht live in Branson, MO. Del is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Tiger men’s basketball program and was inducted into the school’s inaugural Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2000. While, Emily’s mother, Melissa, has been employed at the Cowley College Sid Regnier Bookstore since 2000.

The choice to come to Cowley was an easy one for Hollister.

“Everyone I talked to about Cowley loved it at the school, plus I didn’t want to leave home,” Hollister said.

At Arkansas City High School she was involved in volleyball, softball, Kay Club, yearbook, the National Honor Society, and was an ambassador. She was also named a Kansas Honor Scholar.

At Cowley, she is a student ambassador and is involved in the Phi Theta Kappa organization as well as intramurals.

Away from Cowley, she has been employed at Union State Bank in Arkansas City for more than a year.

Having spent the past four years working at the IYQ summer camp in Arkansas City and serving two years as an intern at Adams Elementary School, Hollister has decided teaching grade school is what she aspires to do. 

After Cowley, Hollister plans to attend Emporia State University and pursue a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

“I would like to teach elementary education in the surrounding community and come back every year for Arkalalah,” Hollister said.

The annual Arkalalah festivities are something Hollister looks forward to each year. This year’s event will have added significance.

“It’s amazing, I never thought I would be up for Queen Alalah,” Hollister said. “I made a lot of friends with the visiting queens as Miss Parkerfield and went to school with the other Ark City Queen candidates and have been friends with them since we were little.”

With only a little more than a semester left at Cowley before she transfers to Emporia State, Hollister is trying to savor her time in Arkansas City.

“Family is really important to me,” Hollister said. “I try to spend a lot of time with them since I know I will be leaving soon.”

As for being one of five Queen Alalah finalists, Hollister hopes to enjoy every minute of it.

“It doesn’t matter the outcome, I get to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity with close friends,” Hollister said.