There is a place in the spotlight for learners like Aislynn Cates, a sixth-grader at Falcon Middle School. “It made me feel unique, and like I can do anything,” shared Cates. She and other D49 students took the stage at the Colorado Miss Amazing pageant March 30. The event transcends pageantry, creating a platform for girls with disabilities to have their voices heard and their faces recognized.
Kyra Brockberg, seventh-grader at FMS, and Makiyla Dunson, ninth-grader at Falcon High School, also participated in the event at the PACE Center in Parker to share their abilities, ambitions and dreams. Each of the girls completed the competition with lessons learned. “I like it because it gives us confidence, especially those who are shy,” shared Brockberg, who was crowned queen of the preteen group, while Cates earned the title of first-runner up of the preteens.
Dunson highlighted her abilities by participating in the talent portion.
Best of all, lifelong friendships developed because of Colorado Miss Amazing. The event is for the entire community to witness the impact of this program. “It is a truly empowering experience for girls and women who have disabilities,” commented Jennifer Hills, D49 teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. “The pageant focuses on the fantastic abilities of each and every participant.”
Colorado is one of 30 states across the country to host Miss Amazing events, and approximately 100 girls in the state have participated in the program since 2017.