>> For Mikayla Holmgren, competing in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant was not only exciting, it was history making. Mikayla is the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in the pageant.>> Anybody that even spends five minutes with her knows that she is the right person to be the first to represent a community of people that need to see themselves doing something like that.
>> The 22-year-old, from Marine on St. Croix in eastern Minnesota, walked away with the Spirit Award and the Director's Award. Although she says she's happy just to have earned a spot on stage.>> It's really, really fun. I love stage. And if I do this, I am so proud of myself.
>> And she says she wants to keep competing, and hopefully break new ground for others with Down Syndrome.>>