Dream big without limits ~ I want the world to know that Down Syndrome does not define me. With your help, I can help break through walls~ Mikayla Holmgren
Mikayla Holmgren made history by becoming the first woman with Down Syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant- which is also a first for the Miss USA pageant in any state. We celebrate her life to inspire others to dream big without limits.
What's Mikayla Been Up to in 2019: Since last October/November, Mikayla has continued to stay busy. As an Ambassador and Champion for Best Buddies, she was able to raise $13,000 to help open an office in Minnesota. At the Best Buddies Gala, she co-emceed alongside Christina Palladino from FOX9. A week after the gala, she participated in her second state Miss USA pageant. Her pageant sisters voted her Miss Congeniality. Mikayla's pageant life was not done, as she ran for Miss Amazing in April. She won Miss Amazing Minnesota and was able to head to Nationals in Chicago.
Mikayla has also had a couple of speaking opportunities. The first was at the Pennsylvania State Capitol for World Down Syndrome Day. The second was at the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention to the siblings group, where she was able to share what her life is like. Mikayla recently accepted a position at the YMCA to work in the Kids Stuff department. She is loving her job and is so appreciative of this great opportunity to be part of the working community. She continues to dance and won three different competitions this year, along with dancing at the Miss Amazing pageants and at the Down Syndrome Conference.
Mikayla continues to work hard in everything she does and knows that she still Dreams Big Without Limits.