With fond memories of Arkalalah, Cowley College sophomore Morgan Hettenbach is looking forward to experiencing this year’s Arkalalah festivities 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.

She is the daughter of Mike Hettenbach and Misty Romesburg, and the granddaughter of Michael and Patti Hettenbach. She has one brother, Dylan 17.

She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2017. At ACHS, she was a member of the Kansas Association for Youth (KAY Club), dance team, was a Soroptimist Girl, and was involved in yearbook, Student Council, Usherettes, National Honor Society, KU Honors, and the Kansas Scholars Program.

The early elementary education major hopes to eventually teach first or second grade.

“All my teachers in high school made me want to become a teacher,” Hettenbach said.

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

“I always knew I wanted to come to Cowley, and am so glad I picked to come to school here,” Hettenbach said.

Growing up in Ark City, Hettenbach always looks forward to Arkalalah and has taken part in several Arkalalah activities.

“Some of my first memories are of being in the parades,” Hettenbach said. “I love the street games and of course my favorite thing is the food.”

Being a finalist for Queen Alalah is a dream come true for Hettenbach.

“It’s a huge honor to represent my town,” Hettenbach said. “It’s hard to believe that I used to see the Queen’s around town and now I am one of them. I can’t wait to make some amazing memories.”

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