Mikayla Holmgren has always known that she was meant for bigger things. She refused to let her Down Syndrome hold her back from anything, and she did her best to prove that she was so much more than that. She decided to do it the best way she knew how - by competing!
In 2015, she competed in Minnesota’s Junior Miss Amazing and won the crown! That inspired her to compete again in the national Junior Miss Amazing hosted in Los Angeles. Of course, she isn’t just an accomplished pageant star, she’s also a very accomplished dancer.
That wasn’t enough for the 22-year-old and she decided that the next step for her was to compete in the Miss Minnesota U.S. A. pageant! She became the first woman with Down Syndrome to participate in the competition and became an instant inspiration to thousands, with her determination. She was determined to be better and prove that she could accomplish anything!
While she didn’t win the Miss Minnesota pageant, she did earn two amazing awards. Mikayla was the winner of both the Miss Minnesota U.S.A. Spirit Award and the Director’s Award! Her win earned her a standing ovation from not only the crowd but the judges as well!
We’re sure that with her strength and perseverance, she’s going to achieve so much in her life. Her "never say die" attitude is definitely going to get Mikayla far in life, and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next. If only more people today would remember that people may have Down Syndrome, but it doesn’t mean they can’t accomplish just as much, if not more than, people without it.