Smith eager to experience Arkalalah as a Queen finalist
With her father, Ron, serving on a past Arkalalah committee, Allison Smith got to have a behind the scenes look at how things run during Arkalalah. However, she will have an even better vantage point when she takes the Robert Brown Theatre stage as one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXVIII. Coronation is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 in the Robert Brown Theatre.
Smith is the daughter of Ron and Jill Smith of Arkansas City. She is the granddaughter of A.J. and Joan Ford of Newkirk, OK, and has a brother, Cameron 22.
She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2018. At ACHS, she was involved in basketball, volleyball, National Honor Society, and the Leadership Group. She was also an Ark City Outstanding Student nominee while receiving academic letters.
She came to Cowley as part of the Tiger Stripes Work Ethic Program.
“I wanted to stay around close to home my first two years of college and am glad I made the decision to come to Cowley,” Smith said.
At Cowley, she is a student ambassador, is involved in Phi Theta Kappa, and is a work study in the Cowley Bookstore.
After having twice torn her ACL, Smith decided she would like to pursue a career in the medical field and is majoring in pre-nursing. She would like to one day be employed as a pediatric nurse.
As for Arkalalah, Smith has taken part in the Arkalalah parades as a member of Ark City Dance and always looks forward to experiencing the food booths and having the community come together for the week.
“Having looked up to the girls that were previously on the stage at coronation, this honor means a lot to me,” Smith said. “Watching the former Queens go on to succeed and do big things is also neat to see. I hope to grow closer to the girls and look forward to experiencing Arkalalah in a different way.
After Cowley, she plans to attend either Wichita State University or Newman University to continue majoring in nursing.