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Miss Minnesota USA features first Down Syndrome entrant

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 00:54

A young woman is celebrating in Minnesota after becoming the first woman with Down Syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. Nathan Frandino reports.

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For Mikayla Holmgren, competing in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant was not only exciting - it was history-making. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIKAYLA HOLMGREN, MISS MINNESOTA USA, SAYING: "I'm really excited. I'm really excited." Mikayla's the first woman with Down Syndrome to compete in the pageant. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DENISE WALLACE, EXECUTIVE CO-DIRECTOR OF THE MISS MINNESOTA USA PAGEANT, SAYING: "Anybody who spends just five minutes with her knows that she's the right person to be the first to represent a community of people who need to see themselves doing something like this." The 22-year-old from Marine on St. Croix in eastern Minnesota walked away with the Spirit Award and the Director's Award....although she says she's happy, just to have earned a spot on stage. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIKAYLA HOLMGREN, MISS MINNESOTA USA, SAYING: "It's really, really fun. I love stage. It's why I do this. I'm so proud of myself." And she says she wants to keep competing...and hopefully break new ground for others with Down Syndrome.

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Miss Minnesota USA features first Down Syndrome entrant

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