After growing up around Cowley College, Brylee Burroughs will fulfill a dream when she takes the stage as one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXVI.

Queen Alalah candidate Brylee Burroughs

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.

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

Burroughs is the daughter of Darren and Carolyn Burroughs, of Arkansas City. Her grandparents are the late Darrel Burroughs and Mary Burroughs, who resides in Crescent, Oklahoma.

Her brother, Brent, played baseball at Cowley and now is an assistant baseball coach at Independence Community College.

Burroughs graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2016. At ACHS, she participated in volleyball, track, Soroptimists, basketball, orchestra, Usherettes, the KAY Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society.

Since her father, Darren, serves as the assistant baseball coach at Cowley and her uncle, Dave, has served as the head coach at the school for the past 30 years, Brylee has bled orange and black since she was a child.

“I grew up around Cowley. Everyone has a school they want to go to and Cowley was that school for me,” Burroughs said. “I could not wait to come to school at Cowley.”

Burroughs is a middle hitter on the nationally ranked Cowley College volleyball team. The elementary education major also is involved in Cowley’s Phi Theta Kappa organization.

Having grown up in Ark City, Burroughs always looks forward to Arkalalah. She has taken part in the fun run, egg toss and street games, and also enjoys the food and carnival.

She also attends the Queen Alalah Coronations and has watched her sister-in-law, Karlye Sturd, and cousins, Erin and Rachel Burroughs, also grace the stage as Queen Alalah finalists.

“They loved the experience,” Burroughs said. “It is an honor to have your classmates and employees at the college pick you.”

Away from Cowley, Burroughs volunteers in the preschool classroom at Adams Elementary School in Ark City.

“I love it,” she said. “It has made me want to become a teacher. The kids are so fun and energetic. I like being able to create a base for their education.”

After graduating from Cowley, Burroughs plans to continue playing volleyball at a four-year school.

“It will be hard to leave Cowley. Nothing compares to here,” she said.

For now, though, Burroughs plans to enjoy taking her spot on stage as a Queen Alalah finalist.

“It is going to be a lot of fun with a great group of girls,” Burroughs said. “Whether I win or not, I will always have those memories.”

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