Arkalalah

Queen Alalah LXXXVI Finalists

Brylee Burroughs stepping off the court and onto the stage

Brylee BurroughsGrowing up around Cowley College, Brylee Burroughs will be fulfilling a dream when she dons the stage as one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXVI. Coronation is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 27 in the Robert Brown Theatre.


Burroughs is the daughter of Darren and Carolyn Burroughs of Arkansas City. Her grandparents Darrel (deceased) and Mary Burroughs reside in Crescent, OK. Her brother, Brent, played baseball at Cowley and is now an assistant baseball coach at Independence Community College.


Burroughs graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2016. At ACHS, she participated in volleyball, track, soroptimists, basketball, orchestra, Usherettes, KAYS, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the National Honor Society.


With her father, Darren, serving as the assistant baseball coach at Cowley, and her uncle, Dave, serving as the head coach at the school for the past 30 years, Brylee has bled Orange and Black since she was a child.


“I grew up around Cowley. Everyone has a school they want to go to and Cowley was that school for me,” Burroughs said. “I could not wait to come to school at Cowley.”


Burroughs is a middle hitter on the nationally ranked Cowley College volleyball team. The elementary education major is also involved in Cowley’s Phi Theta Kappa organization.


Growing up in Ark City, Burroughs always looks forward to Arkalalah. She has taken part in the Fun Run, Egg Toss, Street Games, and enjoys the food and carnival. She also attends the Queen Alalah coronations and has watched her sister-in-law, Karlye (Sturd), and cousins, Erin and Rachel Burroughs, grace the stage as Queen finalists.


“They loved the experience,” Burroughs said. “It is an honor to have your classmates and employees at the college pick you.”


Away from Cowley, Burroughs volunteers in the preschool classroom at Adams Elementary School in Ark City.


“I love it,” Burroughs said. “It has made me want to become a teacher. The kids are so fun and energetic. I like being able to create a base for their education.”


After Cowley, Burroughs plans to continue playing volleyball at a four-year school.


“It will be hard to leave Cowley. Nothing compares to here,” Burroughs said.


As for now, Burroughs plans to enjoy taking her spot on stage as a Queen Alalah finalist.


“It is going to be a lot of fun with a great group of girls,” Burroughs said. “Whether I win or not I will always have those memories.”