18-year-old Alexis Wineman is believed to be the first contestant with autism ever to participate in the annual competition.
Wineman hopes to be able to effectively use the event as a platform to promote awareness about autism research and treatment.
Wineman also has a unique talent: she’s a stand-up comedy performer. She hopes her light-hearted approach will win over the judges and the worldwide audience.
The Miss America Pageant airs Saturday night on ABC.