Michaela Dumesny was crowned the queen of the 43rd Annual Knoxville Nationals Tuesday night, Aug. 8.

Dumesny was born in Sydney, Australia, making her the first international queen in the history of the Nationals. She currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana.

Dumesny said it feels good to becoming the queen of Nationals.

“I have been coming here since I had my first birthday in Knoxville. I am pretty stoked, I have always wanted to be the queen,” Dumesny said.

Her dreams go beyond becoming the queen of Knoxville Nationals. Dumesny said she would like to become an ambassador.

“I would like to help out schools and to help the contest next year to get more contestants. As we all know we use to have up to 20 contestants,” Dumesny said. “I would really like to help promote the contest and bring them all back.”

There were only six contestants this year.

Rachelle Reed of Carlisle, Iowa, would have been the seventh Iowa candidate, but was in an accident a few days prior to the contest with non-life threatening injuries. She was not able to attend.

Miss Congeniality for the Knoxville Nationals went to Kila Timm of Lincoln, Nebraska. An Ottumwa candidate, Callie Shearer, was the first runner-up. Second runner-up went to Jayme Goodman of Rowlett, Texas.

Ethan Goetz is a general assignment reporter for the Knoxville Journal-Express. He can be reached in the newsroom at 641-842-2155, ext. 19, or via email at reporter@pellachronicle.com. Follow him on Twitter @Ethan_Goetz.

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