Having watched three of her cousins grace the Robert Brown Theatre stage as Queen Alalah candidates, Cowley College sophomore Livian Eaton will now take her turn on the stage as one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXVII. Coronation is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 26 in the Robert Brown Theatre.

Eaton, who was crowned Miss Parkerfield 2017, is the daughter of Curtis and Miyuki Eaton, and the granddaughter of Terry Eaton-Naden. She has a younger sister, Juju 17.

The pre-nursing major graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2018 as she began taking classes at Cowley College while a junior in high school.

While at Ark City High School, Eaton was involved in the National Honor Society, tennis, Student Council, Usherettes, and was a Soroptimist Girl. At Cowley, she serves as manager and photographer for the nationally ranked Cowley tennis teams.

She watched as her cousins, Brylee (Sturd) Soule, Jancye Sturd, and Karlye Sturd enjoyed their experiences as Queen candidates.

“All three have always been role models in my life and to see them on the stage was like a fairy tale book coming to life,” Eaton said.

Arkalalah is a big time of year for the Eaton family as Livian’s mother, Miyuki, judges floats at the Arkalalah night parade, while Livian’s father, Curtis, holds an annual Arkalalah celebration at his business, Mid-West Electric Supply.

Each fall, Livian looks forward to the Arkalalah day parade and hitting up the chicken noodle food stand.

“I just love seeing the streets full, and love the atmosphere of Arkalalah,” Eaton said. “It is great to see everyone come back.”

Eaton was shocked to learn she was one of five finalists for Queen Alalah.

“It is definitely an honor and I am very grateful,” Eaton said. “When you live in Ark City your whole life, you know how special it is to be a Queen candidate. I want to become even closer friends with the other girls and hope to make great memories together.”

Following graduation from Cowley and eventually a four-year school, Eaton would like to have a career as a registered nurse.

“I love helping people and caring for others,” Eaton said.

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