Breaking Down Barriers with Beauty

Mikayla Holmgren, a 22 year old ballet dancer and Bethel University student, participated recently in the Miss USA pageant.  Mikayla is the first contestant with Down Syndrome to compete in the pageant.  

As reported by CBS Minnesota, Mikayla brought home some hardware from the competition.  Mikayla won the Spirit of Miss USA Award and the Directors Award.  This may not be the last pageant for Mikayla as she has been contacted by other pageants to compete.  

 Mikayla Holmgren (credit:  CBS )

Mikayla Holmgren (credit: CBS)