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Miss Montana Wows Country

Miss Montana charmed the entire nation Saturday night. Alexis Wineman, the first Miss America Pageant contestant with autism, was given the pageant’s America’s Choice award after garnering the most viewer votes during an online competition. The distinction gave Wineman the chance compete in Saturday night’s live finale against the top 15 contestants for the Miss America title in Las Vegas, a Miss America press release said. Wineman, 18, of Cut Bank beat out the other pageant contestants in an online competition where viewers voted for their favorite Miss America contestant. She was also this year’s youngest contestant. Miss New York, Mallory Hytes Hagan, was crowned Miss America 2013/Jenna Cederberg, Missoulian. More here. (AP photo of Alexis Wineman)

Question: Do you have a family member who has overcome a handicap to excel?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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