A visit from Miss America


missamerica-webMiss America 2014 Nina Davuluri talks to a student at St. Joseph Regional School, Somers Point, on Oct.1.

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A few weeks after being crowned Miss America, Nina Davuluri was back in the area, charming local Catholic school children.
Davuluri paid a visit to St. Joseph Regional School in Somers Point on Oct. 1, where she talked about her platform – celebrating diversity through cultural competency – and answered questions from the students. (Some of the children wore paper crowns for the occasion.)
Davuluri, 24, has gained widespread attention as the first Indian American to hold the Miss America title. She has said she considers herself an American, and that she is proud of her heritage. Her talent at the competition, held Sept. 15 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, was classical Bollywood fusion.
The daughter of Indian-born parents, Davuluri was born in Syracuse, N.Y. She lived for a time in St. Joseph, Mich., and graduated from the local public high school, St. Joseph.