Gracie Musson looks to follow in her mother and aunt's footsteps
With her mother and great aunt having been crowned Queen Alalah, Gracie Musson will look to follow in their footsteps 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.
Musson is the daughter of Justin Musson and Brynn Graham. She is the granddaughter of Sheila and Tom Haynes, and Steve Musson and the late Virginia Musson of Arkansas City. She has a brother Bo 17, and two sisters, Maggie Musson 17, and Oaklee Graham 7.
She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2018. At ACHS, she participated in volleyball, softball, 4-H, Kay Club, and the National Honor Society. She was a Kansas Honor Scholar and graduated in the top-10 percent of her senior class.
While in high school Musson took classes through Cowley College and came to Cowley on three scholarships.
At Cowley, she is a student ambassador and is involved in Phi Theta Kappa.
“I love Cowley,” Musson said. “The smaller class sizes make you feel like you are not just a number.”
Away from Cowley, the pre-dental hygiene major served a two-year internship with Rogers Family Dentistry in Arkansas City prior to being employed with the company as a sterilization specialist for the past year. She also works at Penguin ParadICE.
Gracie has worked the ACCA food booth at Arkalalah in previous years and has enjoyed hearing stories of her mother, Brynn (Haynes Graham), and great aunt Peggy (Henry) Musson, being crowned Queen Alalah.
“I thought it would be neat to one day be Queen Alalah but I never thought I would be up for it,” Musson said. “This means a lot to be a candidate and to be known for doing something good at Cowley. I have worked hard to be where I am at right now.”
In the little free time she has she enjoys hunting and fishing and has applied for dental school at Wichita State University and Flint Hills Tech in Emporia.