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Queen Alalah LXXXIII


Jordan McDowell


Watching her sister, Jordan McDowell, be crowned Queen Alalah LXXX, Madison McDowell has wonderful memories of previous Queen Alalah coronations. The sophomore secondary education major will have an opportunity to make a memory of her own when she takes to 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.

McDowell is the daughter of George and Heidi McDowell of Arkansas City. Along with her sister Jordan, she has four brothers, Zach 22, Mason 17, Hunter, 15, and Trevor 14.

“I would have been proud of her whether she was crowned Queen or not, but it was a thrill to see her so excited,” McDowell said. “My sister is my role model and best friend, so I am glad I get to share this experience with her.”

McDowell graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2013. While at ACHS, she was involved in numerous activities. She spent time as a member of the golf, basketball and track teams, was in FCA, Kays, Kids Impacting Cowley, Usherettes, National Honor Society, and was the senior class president. She was also a finalist for Outstanding Student of Arkansas City.

Her brother Zach attended Cowley, while her sister, Jordan, and both of her parents graduated from Cowley.

“They loved the school and I knew it was the right decision for me too,” McDowell said. “Everyone here is so friendly and polite, and it was nice to be able to stay in a town I love with people I love.”

McDowell has spent each of the past four summers as a counselor at IYQ Camp. She also leads the youth group at the First Presbyterian Church in Ark City. On Tuesday nights she volunteers at 5-Loves Meal Ministry in Ark City.

“I love it, it is a great way to get to know people in the community,” McDowell said. “It really brought attention as to how many people need a meal.”

As for Arkalalah, McDowell has done a little bit of everything affiliated with the event. She has helped create a float for the parade, been a participant on a float, performed in the parade, worked the Jeffy Pup stand and Kiwanis Pancake Feed, raced a turtle, rode the carnival rides, and taken part in the fun runs.

At Cowley, she is a student ambassador, a Cowley Tutor, and is in, Phi Theta Kappa, FCA, Cowley Activities Awareness Team, and participates in intramurals.

In her free time, she enjoys playing golf, spending time with family, watching her brothers play football, and going to movies.

After Cowley she plans to attend Wichita State University. After graduation she hopes to come back to Ark City to teach math at either the middle school or high school level.

Since she was a child McDowell and her family have gathered in front of the Country Mart to watch the Queen’s float go by in the parade. This year, she will have a different view as she will be one of the finalists on the float.

“That is such a great moment,” McDowell said. “I am so grateful to be one of the finalists. This will be the last thing on my bucket list with Arkalalah.