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Before becoming Miss Montana, Alexis Wineman overcame many obstacles while growing up, on her way to the crown.

Before becoming Miss Montana, Alexis Wineman overcame many obstacles while growing up, on her way to the crown.
 
Miss Montana's desire for getting involved with the autistic community comes from her personal experience.  After being diagnosed with autism at a young age, Alexis Wineman has been dedicated to helping children with autism.

Wineman says, "I grew up hating pageants actually.  I'd always watch it and think 'Oh I can't be that girl.  I can't do that.'  But by graduation I was like you know what, I've done a lot of things I didn't think I could."

Alexis Wineman from Cut Bank, Montana, had to overcome challenges on her way to becoming Miss Montana.  Wineman was diagnosed with autism in the seventh grade.  As she was growing up, she says she was antisocial, and others would tease her about the way she spoke.

Wineman says, "When that diagnosis came, you know, I was a kid. I didn't care what it was. My life was ruined at that point. But it really helped. I finally got the help I needed. I found ways to cope."

Since becoming Miss Montana, Wineman has used her platform to reach out to the autistic community, something she says she would have done even without the Miss Montana title.

She says she's thankful for her opportunities to speak at conferences and other events, promoting awareness of the struggles of autism.  Wineman says getting involved with the autistic community is a dream come true.  And she says being Miss Montana, as hectic as it may be, has been amazing.

Wineman also says she's getting ready, and she's very excited for the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas this January.

 

Story by Charlie Misra, Beartooth NBC.
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