Braydee Holmes has immersed herself in many activities at Cowley College.

Queen Alalah candidate Braydee Holmes

Photo by Rama Peroo/Cowley College

FROM LEFT: Queen Alalah candidates and Cowley College sophomores Kyrstyn Kinzie, Jordan Day, Brylee Burroughs, Mary Anderson and Braydee Holmes.

Now the sophomore mass communications major will add to her busy schedule by being one of five finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXVI.

Coronation is set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the college’s Robert Brown Theatre.

Holmes is the daughter of Chris Holmes and Tisha Kistler, of Udall. She is the granddaughter of Ray Holmes, of Udall, and Sherrie Holmes, of Winfield.

She has two sisters — Daylen Holmes, 21, and Kamren Holmes, 18 — and a brother, Tavor Kistler, 12. She also has a stepsister, Kaela Massey, 19, and stepbrother, Josh Massey, 15.

Holmes graduated from Udall High School in 2016. At Udall, she was involved in the yearbook, volleyball, basketball, softball, cheerleading, band, Future Business Leaders of America, the National Honor Society, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

She also was the class secretary and Student Council secretary.

Holmes’ father, Chris, attended Cowley College and was involved in the school’s band program. Her sister, Daylen, also attended Cowley.

“I went on a tour of the campus and really enjoyed it,” she said. “I liked how friendly everyone was.”

At Cowley, Holmes is the editor-in-chief of the Cowley Press student newspaper, secretary for the Media Club and a Student Ambassador, and also is involved in the student broadcast and Act One Drama Club.

“I am glad I made the decision to come to Cowley and further my education in journalism,” she said. “I have met life-long friends and Cowley gave me the opportunity to experience New York as part of the Media Club.”

While at Udall High School, Holmes participated in the Arkalalah parade while serving as a member of the cheer team and band. She said she was surprised to learn she was one of five finalists for this year’s Queen Alalah.

“Arkalalah is a big event for Ark City and I am honored to be a part of it,” Holmes said. “I like to make an impact on people and look forward to introducing myself to the public.”

Away from Cowley, Holmes is employed at Subway in Arkansas City and is volunteering with the Labyrinth of Terror haunted house in Winfield.

After graduating from Cowley, she plans to transfer to a four-year school and pursue a double major in theater and journalism.

“I am really excited to be a part of Arkalalah and create new memories,” Holmes said. “I also look forward to telling everyone what Cowley has done for me.”

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