Contestant with Autism Set to Make History at Miss America Pageant

wineman692LAS VEGAS, NV (KTLA) -  A contestant is all set to make history Saturday night (Jan. 12) through her appearance in the 2013 Miss America Pageant.

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.