Only five years ago, Sydney Kubal was one of the hundreds of spectators in Sokol Park to watch as the new queen was crowned during the 2014 Czech Days festivities.
Watching Liz Kubal have the crown placed on her head was a special moment for Sydney Kubal, Liz’s younger sister.
Five years later, it was Sydney’s chance to be crowned.
Sydney was announced as the 2019 Czech Days Queen during Saturday night’s coronation ceremony at Sokol Park.
The daughter of Dan and Jodi, Sydney is a recent graduate of Bon Homme High School and plans to pursue a double major in Agribusiness and Animal Science at Mitchell Technical Institute. She has been involved in numerous activities, including: Student Council, basketball, cross country, softball, volleyball, track band, FFA, youth group and trapshooting.
Kubal spoke to the Press & Dakotan moments after Saturday’s ceremony.
Was this a nerve-wracking couple of weeks for you, to not know?
Yes, it was definitely hard not knowing, especially putting in so much work and time into it. But overall, it paid off, so I’m really happy about that.
What was it like standing on stage awaiting the announcement?
My stomach was in knots. I couldn’t believe how slow time was going. I’m really glad it’s over with now.
What does it mean to you to win?
It means so much to me. It finally gives me an opportunity to honor my ancestors, honor my family and represent my amazing community.
Have you had a family connection to Czech Days Queen?
Yes, my sister Liz won in 2014 and my cousin Jennifer Pechous won in 2009.
Is it exciting to carry on that tradition?
Yes, it’s really special. I’m really sad my grandpa can’t be here to see this, but I know he’s smiling down on all of this.
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