Cowley College sophomore Kyndal Dutton can be found all around the Arkansas City campus, immersing herself in activities at the college.
The soft-spoken Dutton will have her time to shine when she graces the Robert Brown Theatre stage as one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXV. Coronation is set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
She is the daughter of Brian and Kim Dutton, of Winfield, and the granddaughter of Judy and Derryl Rising, of Burden, and Lois Henderson, of Winfield. She has a sister, Brianna, 15, and a brother, Marshall, 12.
Dutton graduated in 2015 from Winfield High School, where she participated in Link Crew, National Honor Society, golf, soccer and dance, and graduated in the top 10 percent in her class.
Dutton, who lives off campus, did not want to just go to class and then head home. So the sophomore pre-medicine major decided to get involved.
At Cowley, she is a member of the women’s soccer and dance teams, a Cowley tutor, a student ambassador, and the vice president of scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa.
“Cowley feels like a second home,” Dutton said. “I love the teachers here, especially Pam Smith. She is always in good spirits and there to help you out.”
Her mother, Kim, is a cancer nurse in Winfield, which has helped Dutton to grow up with a caring personality. She hopes one day to become a family physician and be able to help people.
She has fond memories of attending the Arkalalah parade as a child and is excited to be one of five Queen Alalah finalists.
“It is an honor I was not expecting,” Dutton said. “I just want to have fun and enjoy it.”
Away from Cowley, Dutton is employed at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield.
After graduating from Cowley, Dutton is considering transferring to Kansas State University to pursue a degree in biology. However, first she plans on enjoying her last year at Cowley and being a Queen finalist.
“I absolutely love Cowley,” Dutton said. “Coming here was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.