Woman with Down syndrome is the first in a Miss USA State Pageant

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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.

Go Mikayla!