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Mikayla Holmgren    

First Miss USA State Pageant Contestant with Down Syndrome & Ambassador for Best Buddies Int'l.

Mikayla Holmgren is an Ambassador for Best Buddies International and the first women with Down Syndrome to compete in a Miss USA State Pageant.

Holmgren competed in 2017 Miss Minnesota USA competition, Holmgren, and became the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in a Miss USA state beauty pageant. At the event, she won the Spirit of Miss USA award as well as the Director’s Award.

Previously, Holmgren participated in pageants created for women and girls with disabilities, winning the Miss Minnesota Amazing competition.

Holmgren is also a Best Buddies ambassador. As an ambassador, she has assisted Best Buddies with their expansion efforts to establish the organization’s first office in the state of Minnesota.

Through her work and with this initiative in the state, thousands of individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities will benefit from Best Buddies’ friendship programs in middle schools, high schools and colleges, their leadership development and advocacy programs as well as their renowned Best Buddies Jobs program.


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Mikayla Holmgren becomes first woman to compete in a Miss USA ...

When Mikayla Holmgren glided across the stage during the Miss Minnesota USA pageant last week, she accomplished what no one before her ever had: She became the first person with Down syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA state pageant. “I just loved this day,” Mikayla told TODAY. “I was on that stage ...

Woman with Down syndrome talks about competing in Miss ...

Mikayla Holmgren, a 22-year-old dancer and Bethel University student, took home two awards that evening.

Mikayla Holmgren Blazes Trail As First State Miss USA Contestant ...

Mikayla Holmgren made history Sunday night at the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, where she became the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in a state Miss USA pageant. The 22-year-old Bethel University student from Stillwater, Minnesota, also won two awards: the Spirit of Miss USA Award and the Director's ...

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