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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The newMiss America will start the rst day of her reign the same way most of herpredecessors did — with a frolic in theAtlanc City surf.Nina Davuluri will also speak at a newsconference Monday at Boardwalk Hall,where she became the rst contestantof Indian heritage to win the crownSunday night.The 24-year-old nave of Syracuse,N.Y., wants to be a doctor and isapplying to medical school, with thehelp of a $50,000 scholarship she wonas part of the pageant tle.She is the second consecuve MissNew York to win the Miss Americacrown, succeeding Mallory Hagan,who was selected in January whenthe pageant was sll held in Las Vegas.The Miss America Organizaon willcompensate Hagan for her shortenedreign.Moments aer winning, Davuluridescribed how delighted she is thatthe nearly century-old pageant seesbeauty and talent of all kinds.“I’m so happy this organizaon hasembraced diversity,” she said in herrst news conference aer winningthe crown. “I’m thankful there arechildren watching at home who cannally relate to a new Miss America.”Davuluri’s pageant plaorm was“celebrang diversity through culturalcompetency.” Her talent roune was aBollywood fusion dance.Davuluri’s victory led to some negavecomments on Twier from users upsetthat someone of Indian heritage hadwon the pageant. She brushed thoseaside.“I have to rise above that,” she said.“I always viewed myself as rst andforemost American.”Her grandmother told The AssociatedPress that she cried when she saw thenews on television.“I am very, very, happy for the girl. Itwas her dream and it was fullled,”89-year-old Vege Koteshwarammasaid by phone from her home in thecity of Vijaywada, in the southernIndian state of Andhra Pradesh.She said there are numerous doctorsin the family, both in the U.S. and India,and that if her granddaughter wants tobecome one, “I am sure she will do it.”Asked about her granddaughterappearing in a bikini, given theconservave atudes about suchthings in India, Koteshwaramma said:“I haven’t seen any such thing. Thismust be all part of the compeon.”Davuluri had planned to go to the sceneof a devastang boardwalk re in theNew Jersey communies of SeasidePark and Seaside Heights on Mondayaernoon. But pageant ocialscanceled that visit aer learning thatGov. Chris Chrise was making cabinetocials available at that same me tobusiness owners vicmized by the re.Davuluri will visit at an unscheduledfuture date, pageant ocials said.
Syracuse, NY nativecrowned Miss America