Halle Bucher knows all about Arkalalah and the tradition of Queen Alalah, having previously served as Miss Arkansas City and having her mother serve on the Arkalalah executive committee. She will get to experience the festivities in a new way as she was recently named one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXVII. Coronation is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 26 in the Robert Brown Theatre.

The pre-dentistry major is the daughter of Aaron and Tasha Bucher. Grandparents are Brenda and Tom Bucher of Bartlesville, OK, and Debbie Vaughn of Arkansas City. She has two brothers, Owen 16, and Blake 13.

Bucher enjoyed her experience as Miss Arkansas City and being able to take part in the Queen Alalah coronation ceremony.

“It was nice to see a lot of what goes on behind the scenes,” Bucher said.

She attended high school at Ark City and was involved in dance, track, Student Council, Kansas Honors, and the National Honor Society.

“Being from Ark City it was an easy decision for me to come to Cowley,” Bucher said. “It helped already knowing a lot of people on campus.”

At Cowley, she is a member of the Tigerette Danceline, is a student ambassador, a work study in the Cowley Bookstore, and is involved in Phi Theta Kappa.

Her interest in dentistry took off after serving a job shadow at Rogers Family Dentistry in Ark City.

“They kind of took me under their wing,” Bucher said.

After Cowley she plans to transfer to Kansas State University.

Bucher has participated in many Arkalalah parades and has performed at coronation through her involvement with Ark City Dance.

“I love the food, the street games, and the day parade,” Bucher said. “I am excited to share this experience with the other girls. It will be so much fun to be involved in all the Arkalalah activities.”

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