Former Little Miss Arkalalah one of five Queen finalists
Although she remembers very little about her time of being crowned Little Miss Arkalalah, Avery Foust knew she wanted to wear another crown one day. She will have that opportunity after being named one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXVIII. Coronation is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 in the Robert Brown Theatre.
Foust is the daughter of Dirk and Shawna Foust of Arkansas City, and Patti and Jason Rolf of Winfield. She is the granddaughter of Joe and Kathy Foust of Arkansas City, Jim Ramirez of Arkansas City, Kathi Martin of Wichita, KS, and Teri and Mike Rush of Oologah, Oklahoma. She has four sisters, Mackinley 8, Aniston 7, Baylor 3, and Ella 1. She also has three brothers, Jevin 15, Jerin 6, and Branson 4.
She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2019. At ACHS, she was involved in softball, cross country, dance, SADD, the National Honor Society, student council, and served as the senior class vice president.
She came to the Cowley College campus with 36 credit hours already obtained while she was in high school. However, she has immersed herself on campus in her first year at the school. At Cowley, she is involved in Phi Theta Kappa, Reverb, intramurals, and is a member of the Tigerette Danceline.
“I love Cowley and have made a lot of friends at the school,” Foust said. “Living in the dorms has given me more of the college experience.”
Along with her time as Little Miss Arkalalah, the pre-medicine major has always enjoyed the street games and Arkalalah parades. She also enjoys watching the Dodgebalalah event.
“It will be a fun-packed week,” Foust said. “Being a candidate for Queen Alalah is a huge honor for me and has been a dream of mine ever since I was Little Miss Arkalalah.”
Foust grew up being a member of First Baptist Church and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Arkansas City. Away from Cowley, she enjoys dancing, spending time outdoors and watching sports. She plans to attend either Wichita State University or Kansas State University after graduating from Cowley and then attend the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her future goals are to pursue a career as an anesthesiologist.
Foust’s aunt, Shannon (Ramirez) O’Toole, is a former Queen Alalah.
“I hope to get closer with the other girls during this experience and leave a lasting impression,” Foust said. “It would be an honor to serve as Queen Alalah and take after my aunt Shannon.”