Lincoln girl overcomes autism and builds confidence one pageant at a time

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Addison Cooper, a vibrant 13-year-old, is overcoming the challenges of autism, while also competing in pageants.

“I like pageants because they’re getting more opportunities, and I just want to do more in the future,” she said.

Addison’s mother, Heather Cooper, says she was diagnosed at a very early age, but her personality has always outweighed the disability.

“She was probably 10 and she got a letter in the mail,” Cooper said. “She said, ‘mom, somebody at school recommended me for pageants.'”

Addison represented Lincoln in the National America Miss pageant and says it was the experience of a lifetime.

“All the girls looked amazing,” Addison said. “Honestly, they’re just so nice and helped me out. It was just really fun.”

Addison says her goal is to advocate for other girls with autism as well, so everyone feels like they can succeed.

“It’s really an opportunity for young kids their age to get out there and just show them how they feel,” she said.

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