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First woman with Down syndrome competes in Miss USA state pageant

First woman with Down syndrome competes in Miss USA state pageant

KGO-TV reports, Mikayla Holmgren is believed to be the first person with Down syndrome to compete in a Miss U.S.A. state pageant.

Aside from beauty pageants, Holmgren is now a junior at Bethel University's Inclusive Learning and Development program and is involved with the university's child care center.

While Holmgren didn't take home the crown, she did earn two major awards and a standing ovation from the crowd.

"I'm just really excited, it's out in the world and people are going to know about this", Holmgren said in April.

"You make people smile every time you talk, cheer, smile and dance", said Heitkamp as she read from Mikayla's nomination letter for the Spirit Award. "You have selflessness, humility and the ability to overcome obstacles with a smile on your face and excitement in your heart".

"I'm really good at them because it's my passion".

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She said she wasn't nervous to apply, on the contrary, she was "super proud".

History was made Saturday during the Miss Minnesota USA pageant when the beauty competition included its first contestant with Down syndrome.

But this wasn't Holmgren's first pageant.

Mikalya Holmgren, 22, is a college student who says she applied to compete so that others could see her bright personality. I want to teach art to young children.

"It's really fun. As I do more pageants and I'm really proud of myself; this is my dream", she said. "She was inspired and said that if Mikayla could do this, then she could, too".

"I hope to continue dancing".


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