Arkalalah

Queen Alalah LXXXVI Finalists

Involved Cowley student to add Queen candidate to list of activities

Braydee HolmesBraydee Holmes has immersed herself in the activities at Cowley College. The sophomore mass communications major will add to her busy schedule by being one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXVI. Coronation is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 in the Robert Brown Theatre.


Holmes is the daughter of Chris Holmes and Tisha Kistler of Udall. She is the granddaughter of Ray Holmes of Udall and Sherrie Holmes of Winfield. She has two sisters, Daylen Holmes 21, and Kamren Holmes 18, and a brother, Tavor Kistler 12. She also has a step-sister, Kaela Massey 19, and step-brother, Josh Massey 15.


She graduated from Udall High School in 2016. At Udall, she was involved in yearbook, volleyball, basketball, softball, cheerleading, band, Future Business Leaders of America, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, the National Honor Society, and was the class secretary and secretary for Student Council.


Her father, Chris, attended Cowley College and was involved in the school’s band program. Her sister, Daylen, also attended Cowley.


“I went on a tour of the campus and really enjoyed it,” Braydee said. “I liked how friendly everyone was.”
At Cowley, Holmes is the Editor in Chief for the Cowley Press student newspaper, secretary for the Media Club, student ambassador, and is involved in the student broadcast and Act One Drama Club.


“I am glad I made the decision to come to Cowley and further my education in journalism,” Holmes said. “I have met life-long friends and Cowley gave me the opportunity to experience New York as part of the Media Club.”


While at Udall High School, Holmes participated in the Arkalalah parade while serving as a member of the cheer team and band. She was surprised to learn she was one of five finalists for this year’s Queen Alalah.


“Arkalalah is a big event for Ark City and I am honored to be a part of it,” Holmes said. “I like to make an impact on people and look forward to introducing myself to the public.”


Away from Cowley, Holmes is employed at Subway in Arkansas City and is volunteering with the Labyrinth of Terror Haunted House in Winfield.


After Cowley she plans to transfer to a four-year school and pursue a double major in theatre and journalism.


“I am really excited to be a part of Arkalalah and create new memories,” Holmes said. “I also look forward to telling everyone what Cowley has done for me.”