Miss America contestants pose with a statue after arriving in Atlantic City, N.J. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans/File)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss America is staying in Atlantic City.
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri announced Friday that the next pageant will take place in the New Jersey shore resort on Sept. 14.
Preliminary competitions are scheduled over three nights at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall from Sept. 9 to 11.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri reacts after being named Miss America 2014, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans/File)
Davuluri, a Syracuse, N.Y., native, was crowned Miss America in September. The pageant originated in Atlantic City in 1921 and spent six years in Las Vegas before returning to New Jersey last year.
Moments after winning the 2014 Miss America crown, Davuluri described how delighted she was that the nearly century-old pageant sees beauty and talent of all kinds.
She is the first contestant of Indian heritage to become Miss America; her talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance.
“I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she said in her first press conference after winning the crown in Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”
Davuluri plans to use her Miss America scholarship to attend medical school.
The program will be televised by ABC.
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri walks on the beach during the traditional dipping of the toes in the Atlantic Ocean the morning after being crowned Miss America, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. Davuluri represented New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)