October 16, 2023

Recent Student of the Month, a finalist for Queen Alalah

Kinzie Pappan

The school year keeps getting better for Cowley College sophomore Kinzie Pappan. Just days after being named the September Student of the Month, Pappan was notified that she was one of five finalists for Queen Alalah XCI. Coronation is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in the Robert Brown Theatre.

Kinzie is the daughter of Clayton and Jamie Pappan of Arkansas City. Grandparents are Jim and Donna Sybrant and Russell and Doneita Pappan of Arkansas City. She has twin sisters, Reese and Taylor Pappan, who are in their first year at Cowley. 

Pappan graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2022. At ACHS, she was a member of the danceline and the National Honor Society. She chose to come to Cowley after being offered a Tiger Stripes scholarship.

At Cowley, she is the captain of the Tigerette Danceline, is involved in the Media Club, Phi Theta Kappa, and has been a student ambassador for both years at the school.

“Cowley has allowed me to find out what interests me and experience what I want to do in life,” Pappan said.

She is also a member of the President’s Honor Roll and has done volunteer work at the Ark City Public Library. Pappan has also mentored some freshman international students.

Pappan has attended numerous coronations and Arkalalah parades as a member of Ark City Dance.

“It’s kind of strange to now be the girl up on the stage because Arkalalah is a really big deal to me and my family,” Pappan said. “Cowley has helped me come out of my shell and has allowed me to open up to new experiences. I am glad that I am now in a place where I was able to be up for Queen Alalah and be excited to be a part of the festivities.”

Although Pappan is well-liked around the Cowley College campus, she did not envision being selected as a finalist for Queen Alalah.

“It’s an honor because there are so many amazing girls that could have been selected for it, and I am so thankful to be chosen and be able to represent not only Cowley but the town of Ark City.” 

After Cowley, Pappan plans to follow in her parents’ footsteps and transfer to Oklahoma State University. Her sisters, who are only 14 months younger, also plan to attend Oklahoma State once done at Cowley.

For now, she plans to enjoy her final year at Cowley and being a finalist for Queen Alalah.

“I am happy I get to experience Arkalalah with this group of girls; they are all so deserving, and I think this will be an amazing opportunity,” Pappan said.

Kinzie Pappan with Rikki Baird Play Video
CCMG interviews Queen Alalah candidate Kinzie Pappan. She talks about traditions, Arkalalah and answers some interesting rapid fire questions about grass skirts and coconut bras.

Rama Peroo | Director of Institutional Communication
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Arkansas City, KS 67005