Ray continuing school year to remember
One month after being named the Cowley College September Student of the Month, Kendall Ray continues to have a memorable semester as she was 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.
The sophomore occupational therapy major is the daughter of Todd and Deb Ray of Braman, OK.
Her father, Todd, is the director of maintenance and grounds at the college, while her mother, Deb, was a cheerleader and Student Senate president while attending Cowley. Her grandmother, Carol Hobaugh-Maudlin (deceased), was a long-time instructor at the college, while Kendall’s brothers, Hunter and Parker Ray, each competed for the nationally ranked Tiger track and field team, as she now does.
Kendall’s mother, Deb, was a Queen Alalah candidate during her time as a student at Cowley. Kendall’s extended family also owned a storefront up town where they would gather each year to watch the Arkalalah parade.
After attending South Haven High School where she was involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, cheerleading, volleyball, basketball, and track and field, Kendall decided to start her collegiate career at Cowley.
“With my dad and grandma having worked here, and my brothers having had positive experiences at Cowley, it was an easy decision for me to choose to attend Cowley,” Kendall said. “It has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
At Cowley she is a member of the nationally ranked Cowley College track and field team, is a student ambassador, a Cowley tutor, a resident assistant in the dorms, and is involved in Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa. She has a grade point average of 3.93.
After her first year at Cowley Kendall was named to the President’s Honor Roll and was selected as a Junior Ambassador. She was recognized for her stellar work by being named the Outstanding Ambassador of the Year for the 2018-19 academic year.
“It has been a busy year, but an overall great experience,” Ray said. “Being recognized as one of the five Queen Alalah finalists is definitely humbling.”
Kendall has also found success outside of the classroom as she placed fourth in the conference in the javelin during the 2019 outdoor track and field season as she helped the Lady Tigers capture their second straight conference title.
Away from Cowley she volunteers with the South Haven Cardinal Run and has also volunteered her time to help students in the admissions area and Welcome Center. She is also an active member and Vacation Bible School leader of the Community Church of South Haven.
Kendall said it was an indescribable feeling when she learned she was a Queen finalist.
“It is an honor and something new I look forward to experience,” Ray said. “My time at Cowley has been a life changing experience.”
After Cowley she plans to attend Northeastern State University for both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree.
“I look forward to getting closer to the other finalists and experiencing Arkalalah in a different way,” Ray said.