Determination; Mikayla Holmgren


What would you do if you were the first ever to do something? Would you feel like a pioneer? Maybe Mikayla Holmgren feels that way because she’s the first young lady to have Down’s syndrome and compete for Miss America. Isn’t that remarkable? Mikayla needed to show her determination to follow her dream and not be deterred because no one else had done it.

Mikayla won two awards during the pageant. One was The Spirit of the USA award, while the other is the Director’s Award. She received a standing ovation when her name was announced. What does Mikayla think?

“”I’m just really excited, it’s out in the world and people are going to know about this,” Holmgren said in April. “I want to do this, on my own and I’m really, really proud of myself.”

Mikayla began dancing when she was six years old. She worked hard to convince her mom to let her try. Look what she’s done since that day. Along with the pageant awards, Mikayla won The Minnesota Junior Miss Amazing Award.

Here is what Mikayla says about her future;

“I hope to continue dancing. I want to teach art to young children. And would love to model. I want to live independently and continue to be an advocate for inclusion. I want to be a light shining for acceptance.”

No matter what your hopes and dreams are, pursue them, even if the journey isn’t easy. Determination to win will carry you a long way. When you work especially hard to achieve your goal, the victory is even sweeter.  Don’t let anyone dissuade you from what you want. Only you have the power to realize your dreams.

For more about Mikayla’s story, follow this link:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mikayla-holmgren-first-woman-down-syndrome-competes-miss-minnesota-usa/

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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  1. Sherry Ellis says:

    wow! That’s an inspiring story. I’m glad she decided to compete, and that she was recognized for her courageous spirit.


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