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The winner of the 2014 Miss America crown has maize and blue roots.

Nina Davuluri, the 24-year-old Miss New York, attended the University of Michigan where she graduated with a degree in cognitive science and brain behavior.

Davuluri is the first contestant of Indian heritage to become Miss America; her talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance.

Davuluri says her family moved to Michigan when she was 10 years old. "That's where I was really able to share my talents with my peers and my community."

After graduating from Michigan, she moved back to her native Syracuse, N.Y.

Davuluri says she wants to be a doctor, and is applying to medical school, with the help of a $50,000 scholarship she won as part of the pageant title.

She is the second consecutive Miss New York to win the Miss America crown, succeeding Mallory Hagan, who was selected in January when the pageant was still held in Las Vegas. The Miss America Organization will compensate Hagan for her shortened reign.

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