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Minnesota's Miss Amazing winners head to national pageant

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The winners of Minnesota's Miss Amazing pageant are heading to the national event this week.

Organizers say the pageant gives girls and women with disabilities a chance to build self-confidence.

Minnesota crowned winners in six age categories at an event in St. Paul this spring. Now they'll fly to Los Angeles, where the national Miss Amazing pageant will coincide with the Special Olympics.

Megan Wibben of Rochester is Minnesota's Miss Senior Amazing.

Stacy Shones, who has worked with Megan through the PossAbilities program,

" target="_blank">tells ABC 6 the participants in Los Angeles "...don’t even have to say a word. As long as they shine on stage and share that happiness with people, that’s the person that’s going to get the crown.”

Megan tells the station she was shocked when she was first named Miss Amazing, but now she feels lucky.

In an interview with KTTC, Megan explained her approach this way: "I just be myself, like who I am, and say 'you can do this, you can win it.'"

Minnesota's entrant in the Junior Miss division is Mikaylah Holmgren, 20, of Marine on St. Croix. She has a passion for dancing – having started lessons when she was 7 – and the Pioneer Press reports she plans to enroll in Bethel University's post-secondary program for students with intellectual disabilities.

There are also entrants in the Preteen, Junior Teen, Teen, and Miss divisions.

The Minnesota pageant was held at the University of St. Thomas and Tommie Media produced a video on it:

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