BURNSVILLE, Minn. – 22-year-old Mikayla Holmgren is a trailblazer.
Officials with the Miss USA pageant say that she is the first person with Down syndrome to participate in a Miss USA state pageant.
Mikayla began competing in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.
Mikayla is a student at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She’s a Special Olympics gymnast and a dancer. She also mentors other young women.
This isn’t Mikayla’s first pageant. She won Minnesota Junior Miss Amazing in 2015.