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US First woman with Down syndrome competes in Miss USA state pageant

19:36  28 november  2017
19:36  28 november  2017 Source:   cbsnews.com

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota woman with Down syndrome won awards and received national attention after competing in the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant Mikayla Holmgren, a 22-year-old Bethel University student, became the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in the pageant .

Mikayla Holmgren, the first Miss USA state pageant competitor with Down syndrome , pictured in the middle, won Spirit of Miss USA Award, Nov. 26th 2017 seen here with, Peyton Schroeder, left, and Kalie Wright, right. This is the second consecutive year that the Miss Minnesota USA pageant is

a group of people posing for the camera © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota woman with Down syndrome won awards and received national attention after competing in the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant over the weekend, CBS Minnesota reports.

Mikayla Holmgren, a 22-year-old Bethel University student, became the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in the pageant.

She competed at the Ames Center in Burnsville on Sunday and won the Spirit of Miss USA Award and Director's Award. The audience gave Holmgren a standing ovation as she accepted the awards.

a woman wearing a purple shirt: Mikayla Holmgren, 22, became the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Mikayla Holmgren, 22, became the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant.

Earlier this year, CBS Minnesota spoke with Holmgren about her accomplishments.

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I had a down - syndrome kid on my track team in high school. He didn't even particularly like track and he was a massive distraction at practice. How dare they lower the bar for people with Down Syndrome to the level of Miss USA Beauty Pageant contestants!

Her previous pageant experience includes competing in the 2015 Miss Amazing pageant , a pageant designed for women with disabilities. This is the second consecutive year for the Miss Minnesota USA pageant to make history. Last year, Halima Aden, became the first Somali-American woman to

"I'm just really excited, it's out in the world and people are going to know about this," Holmgren said in April. "I want to do this, on my own and I'm really, really proud of myself."

Holmgren began dancing at age 6, and in 2015 was crowned Minnesota Junior Miss Amazing. She said when she got an application in the mail for Miss Minnesota USA, she begged her mother to let her do it.

"I hope to continue dancing. I want to teach art to young children. And would love to model. I want to live independently and continue to be an advocate for inclusion. I want to be a light shining for acceptance," Holmgren said on Facebook in October.

Mikayla Holmgren, 22, became the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant.: screen-shot-2017-11-27-at-3-01-33-pm.png © Handout/CBS Minnesota screen-shot-2017-11-27-at-3-01-33-pm.png

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