August 5 – After being crowned the Miss Macon County Junior Miss in 2015, Kylie Nichols got to experience the thrill of winning a pageant for a second time.
Nichols, a senior-to-be at Mt. Zion High School, was chosen as the Miss Illinois Festival Queen at Sunday’s pageant at the Decatur Civic Center during the Decatur Celebration. Nichols said she’s eager to continue working with director Melissa Muirheid.
“I was so excited,” Nichols said of hearing her name announced. “I was like ‘yes, I get to do this again and finish it off with Melissa.’ It’s so much fun and I’m so excited for the year.”
Nichols, a competitive cheerleader interested in becoming an orthodontist, joined Breanna Johnson and Hannah Bowers as candidates in the Queen age group (17-22).
Julia Hildebrandt won the Junior Miss (14-16) crown, with Madison Miller as runner-up. Brooklyn Syrcle claimed the Pre-Teen (10-13) honor as Annabelle Click was first runner-up and Ella Chupp was second.
Seven girls participated in the Princess division (5-9), with all of them receiving tiaras.