After her sister and aunt took the stage at previous Arkalalah coronations, Cowley College sophomore Kyrstyn Kinzie now will have her turn in the spotlight after she was named 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.
Kinzie is the daughter of Marty and Jacinda Kinzie, of Derby. Her grandparents are Charlie and Darlene Kinzie, of Arkansas City, and Tom and the late Marilyn Shaw, also of Arkansas City.
She has three sisters — Casey Lonis, 34; Chelsea Lonteen, 28; and Timber Kinzie, 22. She also had a brother, Jace, who passed away in 2008.
Kinzie was born in Arkansas City and was the first runner-up for Little Miss Arkalalah in 2001. She moved to Manhattan at the age of 4 and went on to graduate from Manhattan High School in 2016. At Manhattan, she was involved in cheerleading, the Spirit Club and FFA.
She grew up watching her sister, Casey, cheer at Cowley and set a goal of one day also cheering at the school.
Kyrstyn Kinzie spent her first semester at Cowley as a member of the cheer team, currently is a Student Ambassador and president of the Student Senate, and was a previous resident assistant at The Lodge dormitory.
“Coming to Cowley to cheer was a dream come true and now being a Queen Alalah finalist is another dream come true,” Kinzie said.
Her sister, Casey, sang at a previous Coronation, while her aunt, Cindy Blevins, was a Queen Alalah candidate in 1976.
Although she spent most of her life in Manhattan, Kinzie never has missed an Arkalalah. In fact, she took part in the Coronation festivities two years ago while serving as Miss Manhattan.
“It was then that I found out how much work goes on behind the scenes to make the Coronation such a great show,” Kinzie said. “I met a lot of visiting queens that ended up coming to school here.”
Away from Cowley, she is involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and also works with Four County Mental Health and in area after-school programs. She is majoring in early childhood education and special education.
“My mother is a special education instructor, so I have grown up around the program and have never thought about pursuing any other career,” Kinzie said. “I like to benefit their lives and have them be treated the same as everyone else.”
After graduating from Cowley, she plans to transfer to Wichita State University.
Kinzie was part of the winning DodgeBallalah team a year ago. However, her schedule during Arkalalah will be a little different this year.
“I hope the four girls and I have fun together and make memories we can share in the future,” Kinzie said.
This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.