After hearing of the enjoyment her family had in attending Cowley College, Peyton Adams decided to follow in their footsteps and also attend the school.



The decision has paid off — Adams has been involved in numerous activities and is one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXV. Coronation is set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Robert Brown Theatre.

Adams is the daughter of Eric and Coni Adams, and the granddaughter of Linda and Gary Fair, and Cindy Adams and the late Kenny Adams, all of Wellington. She has an older sister, Erianne. Her mother, father and sister all also attended Cowley.

Adams graduated from Wellington High School in 2015. At Wellington, she was the senior class president and president of SADD, and was involved in FCA, National Honor Society, tennis, softball and basketball.

Adams was a three-time Class 4A state qualifier in doubles and also placed in singles at the state tournament as a senior.

She was offered a tennis scholarship to attend Cowley and has remained active on the Arkansas City campus.

At Cowley, Adams is a member of the nationally ranked women’s tennis team, while also serving as a student ambassador and a resident assistant in the William R. Docking Dormitory.

“I love the atmosphere and how tight knit the campus is,” she said. “I have had a great experience at Cowley and have had an opportunity to be involved in lots of things.”

Adams is majoring in pre-nursing, with the hope of becoming a pediatric oncologist. After Cowley, she plans to apply to nursing school at either Kansas University or Pittsburg State University.

While in high school, Adams had an opportunity to job-shadow the nursing staff at Sumner Regional Medical Center. That experience, along with seeing how the nurses cared for her late grandfather, led Adams to become a pre-nursing major. “Nursing captured my heart,” she said.

Adams said she enjoyed coming to Arkansas City to take in the Arkalalah festivities while her sister was a member of the Cowley women’s tennis team in 2013 and 2014, and now she is looking forward to being one of the five Queen Alalah finalists.

“I hope to take away great memories with this group of girls,” Adams said. “I am really good friends with the other four girls, and am excited and honored to be nominated.”

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