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pageantry interview ● nina davuluri
As Miss America, Nina Davuluri
has been a shining example of
so much that the organization
has to offer, including being set
to return to school with her
incredible scholarship earnings
T he year of Miss America can almost always be
described in one very simple word: Busy. We’ve
called it a whirlwind and a non-stop thrill of
travel, appearances, meetings, volunteering, and
good, old-fashioned hard work, but you’ll never
ever hear an outgoing Forever queen say that it wasn’t all
incredibly worth it. That’s as evident as ever in Nina Davu-
luri, who will soon pass her crown on to the next amazing
young woman, as well as the incredible and vastly impor-
tant duties that come along with the title. But the best part
about giving up the crown is that a Miss America’s duties
are never over, and Nina will never stop beneﬁting from it.
The importance of the scholarship aspect of the Miss
America Organization can never be overstated, especially
when people who aren’t familiar with every title, from the
local level to Nina herself, don’t know how much is award-
ed to these spectacular delegates each year. Nina is walking,
talking proof that hard work and dedication to the Miss
America Organization pay off tenfold, as she’s poised to
pursue the next level of her education, and her crowning
achievements have made sure that she’ll never owe a dime.
But that’s only one bragging right that this wonderful Miss
America lays claim to, even if she’s hesitant to talk about
herself and more likely to sing the praises of the other in-
credible people she has met during her year at the top.
Nina’s year as Miss America may be coming to end, but
her legacy is only going to get stronger.
Pageantry magazine: You’ve had a whirlwind year.
How fast has it gone by?
Nina Davuluri: It has ﬂown by. It has all been such a blur.
It has been an exciting year of incredible opportunities. I
still feel lucky to have been given this opportunity.
PM: What do you remember most about the night that
you were crowned Miss America?
ND: I don’t remember much from when I won. It goes by
so quickly and it’s such a blur. Basically, what I do remem-
ber is that you have a suite, and you’re allowed to have 20
minutes with your family members and friends. But after
that, my mom and sister were allowed to stay with me the
night that I won, and we were up into the wee hours of the
morning just talking—decompressing, I suppose—and
that’s the moment that I really remember.
PM: The boardwalk in Atlantic City is such an iconic
piece of Americana. What was the Shoe Parade like?
ND: I think that was the day that all of us contestants had
the most fun. It was just such a fun event, in the sense that
all of the preliminaries were over, so we got to let our hair
down and see our families and friends. There was a lot of
joy to be welcomed back to the boardwalk.
PM: When we last spoke, you were really looking for-
ward to the work with the Children’s Miracle Network.
How has that relationship affected you this past year?
ND: It has been absolutely incredible, and this year I have
been able to visit hospitals across the entire country. One of
the most memorable events of my year was the event called
Celebration, and they bring one child from every state—we