Woman believed to be first with Down Syndrome to compete in Miss Minnesota pageant
BURNSVILLE, Minnesota (KARE) —
A woman with Down Syndrome is celebrating after being the first to compete in the Miss Minnesota pageant. The competition took place in Burnsville Saturday night.
Twenty-two-year-old Makayla Holmegren is a student at Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is a triple threat athlete and also mentors to other young women like her.
Makayla says she is not new to the competition world and has done it in the past.
Officials with the pageant say they believe the 22-year-old is the first in the country compete with Down Syndrome, calling her a "trailblazer".