Mary Anderson did not grow up in Arkansas City, but that has not stopped her from sharing in the excitement of the annual fall Arkalalah celebration.

Queen Alalah candidate Mary Anderson

Photo by Rama Peroo/Cowley College

FROM LEFT: Queen Alalah candidates and Cowley College sophomores Kyrstyn Kinzie, Jordan Day, Brylee Burroughs, Mary Anderson and Braydee Holmes.

She will learn all there is to know about Arkalalah after being named one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXVI.

Coronation is set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Cowley College’s Robert Brown Theatre.

Anderson is the daughter of Junior and the late Carla Anderson, of Lawton, Oklahoma. Her grandmother, Jean McCrory, lives in Sherman, Texas.

She graduated from Elgin (Oklahoma) High School in 2016. At Elgin, she was involved in basketball, volleyball, track, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FFA and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

Anderson came to Cowley on a track scholarship. She ran track as a freshman and now is a Student Ambassador, resident assistant at The Lodge dormitory, and member of the Student Senate.

“Cowley has been great,” Anderson said. “The teachers and people at the school are really friendly.”

As a member of the Lady Tigers track and field team, Anderson competed in sprint events and the heptathlon. She helped Cowley to finish as the conference champion during the 2017 indoor season and place 13th at indoor nationals.

Away from Cowley, the business administration major tutors at Frances Willard Elementary School in Arkansas City.

After Cowley, Anderson plans to attend a four-year school and hopes one day to be the chief executive officer of a major corporation.

Anderson is honored to be one of the five candidates for Queen Alalah LXXXVI.

“I am excited to take part in Arkalalah,” Anderson said. “I love this group of girls. They are fun, energetic people.”

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.