She didn't win the crown, but she was awarded "Miss Congeniality" by her fellow contestants.

20-year-old Alyssa Patrias was given the green light by the Miss America pageant to compete for Miss Downriver, which is a preliminary to Miss Michigan. She was the first contestant ever with down syndrome to take part.

Previous to this pageant, she had only competed in inclusive and non-competitive pageants, and her only stipulation was that she wouldn't be treated any differently.

Her mom, Sue Cameron, says that all of her fellow contestants were encouraging her on stage. And even though she didn't win, she says that her daughter will compete again next year.