Miss America Nina Davuluri hopes no punishment will befall a York, Pennsylvania high school senior in hot water for asking the beauty queen to his prom.
Davuluri visited Central York High School to speak with students about diversity and the importance of science, technology, engineering and math when Patrick Farves, 18, walked up to the podium and proposed a night of dinner, dancing and corsages to the former Miss New York. A scheduling conflict will prevent Nina from attending next month’s festivities.
And just when it looked like things couldn’t get any worse, a disheartened Patrick learned that he’ll have to serve three days of in-school suspension because of the little stunt.
School officials heard about Farves’ prom plan before the afternoon assembly and warned the teen not to make a scene. But well-behaved teenagers rarely make headlines, so Patrick wasn’t about to take that advice! Central York administrators say students are disciplined for breaking rules, rather Miss American likes it or not.
“It is not our practice to discipline a student for asking someone — even Miss America — to a school dance. However, it is our practice to set expectations for student behavior…and to ensure those rules are followed.”
Davuluri took to the Miss America Facebook page Saturday to say that she was flattered by Farves’ request and had already contacted the school about reversing the suspension decision.
“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.”
Davuluri, 25, added that part of her platform includes encouraging young people to “follow their dreams.”