Mikayla Holmgren is believed to be the first person with Down syndrome to compete in a Miss U.S.A state pageant
A 22-year-old woman from Minnesota is quickly earning the title of trailblazer after a pageant took place on Sunday.[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LPUgl55zG4[/embedyt]
Holmgren is a student at Bethel University in Saint Paul where she’s a triple-threat athlete.
She also serves as a mentor for other young women and has a passion for dancing.
While she didn’t move on to the final round, Holmgren’s talent and charisma didn’t go unnoticed. She won two awards Sunday night – Spirit of Miss U.S.A and the Director’s Award. “I’m really proud of my parents and I’m really proud of myself,” Holmgren said.
The audience gave Holmgren a standing ovation.