Sydney Nivens was crowned the 2019 NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals Queen in a ceremony held at the Marion County Fairgrounds Tuesday, August 6. Nivens is from Jefferson City, Mo.

A total of 12 contestants were in the competition in hopes of becoming the queen. Nivens was in the contest for the second time.

“My dad is probably more excited about me winning than myself,” Nivens said. “To be named the queen is a blessing.”

Nivens is the daughter of Chad and Mellissa Nivens.

“The first time I entered the contest I wasn’t as prepared for the queen’s contest as I needed to be. I had a better understanding this time around and I wasn’t as nervous,” she said.

Nivens said her favorite sprint car driver is Rico Abreu.

“He’s very personable and friendly,” Nivens commented.

She later found out that Rico was one of the six judges for the night.

The other judges were Eric Arnold, Connie Smith, Josh Schneiderman, Kassie Lynch and Brittany Woodke.

“I’ve been coming to the Knoxville Nationals since I was seven, making it 13 years now,” she stated.

Nivens currently is a student in college in Jefferson City, studying to become a nurse.

Mayson Seeman, of Jetmore, Kansas was named the first runner-up. The second runner-up in the pageant was Abbie Liechty, of Mount Pleasant. Taking home the crown as the Kathy Visser Miss Congeniality was Ellen Koch, of Doniphan, Neb.

Serving as the Junior Queen for the 45th Annual Queen’s Contest was 4-year-old Kady Pittman, daughter of Mandy and Daryn Pittman.

The coordinator of the pageant is Christi Woodruff.

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