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Miss America Appeals To School Over Prom Row
The reigning Miss America has asked a school to reconsider its decision to suspend a Pennsylvania student who asked her to a prom.
Nina Davuluri was taking part in a question and answer session at Central York High School when Patrick Farves suggested she be his date for its upcoming formal dance.
Mr Farves, 18, stood up and asked the question, then walked to the stage with a plastic flower.
The audacious move sparked cheers from fellow students. But school officials, who heard about his plan in advance, had warned him not to go through with it.
And he received a three-day, in-school suspension as punishment for misbehaving.
Mr Farves told local television station WPMT-TV he could not resist asking her.
He said: "She just kind of laughed and I gave her the little flower I got.
"And I went up and I gave her the flower and asked her if I could get a selfie with her. And she was like, 'Maybe later', and I never got the selfie."
Mr Farves later apologised for disrupting the event.
The beauty queen said she has now contacted the school to ask to officials to rethink the suspension and added her travel schedule will prevent her from attending the dance with him.
She said on social media: "On Thursday, a student invited me to prom and gave me a flower while I was giving a presentation in York, Pennsylvania.
"I was flattered by the gesture although I am unfortunately unable to attend due to my travel schedule.
"I later learned of the disciplinary action taken and reached out to the school in hopes that they will reconsider their decision."
The school earlier said students are disciplined for breaking rules and this incident was no different.
Ms Davuluri was at the event to talk about the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths.