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  • Commending Miss Montana Alexis Wineman

    by Senator Steve Daines

    Posted on 2013-01-15

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    DAINES asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. DAINES. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Alexis Wineman. This 18-year-old from Cut Bank, Montana, represents my State as Miss Montana, and she recently made history, not only as the youngest participant in this year's Miss America competition and the recipient of the People's Choice Award, but as the first young woman in the competition's history to have been diagnosed with autism.

    Alexis stands as an example for all Montanans of what it means to overcome obstacles and to help those in need. She's worked to spread awareness of autism so that we can all gain a better understanding of those affected by it.

    Alexis recently said, and I quote: We cannot cure what is not a sickness, but we can begin to understand autism and help those with the condition to unlock the potential that lies within all of us.

    I'm grateful for the work that she's done to increase the understanding of autism, and I'm very proud that she calls Montana home.


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