Miss Minnesota USA Contestant Breaking Barriers
22-year-old dancer, Mikayla Holmgren made history as the first woman to compete in Miss Minnesota USA with Down syndrome.
Mikayla was awarded the Spirit of Miss USA Award and Director's Award while simultaneously receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.
“You make people smile every time you talk, cheer, smile, and dance,” Denise Wallace Heitkamp, executive state director, said as she presented the Spirit Award. “You exude the spirit of Miss USA by always being true to yourself and putting others first. You have selflessness, humility, and the ability to overcome obstacles with a smile on your face and excitement in your heart."