Jan 11, 2013 7:45 PM by Q2 News

Miss Montana to make history Saturday night in Miss America Pageant

BILLINGS - Miss Montana will make history Saturday night when she walks across the stage at the 2013 Miss America Pageant.

Not because she's the youngest of all the contestants, but because Alexis Wineman, 18, of Cut Bank, is the first autistic contestant to ever participate in the competition.

This week Wineman appeared on several national news programs including the Today Show and Good Morning America to share her story.

There's no doubt this young lady has earned the spotlight this week, but she hopes to redirect some of that light to the issue of autism awareness.

Her Miss America platform issue: "Normal Is Just a Dryer Setting: Living with Autism" focuses on her life since she was diagnosed with the disorder at age 11.

"I think by spreading the message that everyone's different, whether they're autistic or not, it not only spreads autism acceptance, but a universal acceptance."

Wineman also has a unique talent, she hopes stand-up comedy will win over the judges and audience Saturday night.

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