Hess Educational Complex in Mays Landing and Atlantic City’s Pennsylvania Avenue School where she brought the idea behind her platform to a level that made sense for students, telling them to focus on adding the colors of the rainbow such as green, red and orange to their plates.

Shields also made the rounds at the Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association Gala in Atlantic City.

Hess School in Mays Landing where she reads the book "Who Loves Fall? Hess School in Mays Landing where she spends time with pre-kindergarten classes. (Viviana Pernot/ Staff Photographer)Mackenzie Wimbish, front center, pre-kindergarten student at George L.

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11 at Boardwalk Hall.“I remember the first time I was able to go home, I went to the nail salon and people were coming up to me asking for pictures,” Shields said.

“I still feel like myself, so it’s surprising to have people recognize me.”The 21-year-old is settling into her role as Miss America, about a third of the way into her reign, and has already appeared as a presenter alongside the country music stars of Florida Georgia Line for the American Music Awards and participated in the festivities on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show. But what has been the most surprising to Shields, who was boosted to celebrity status overnight at Boardwalk Hall, is the widespread love of her title and personal connections fans across the country have to the competition.

Hess School in Mays Landing where she reads the book "Who Loves Fall? Hess School in Mays Landing where she spends time with pre-kindergarten classes. (Viviana Pernot/ Staff Photographer)Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, left, visits the George L.

Hess School in Mays Landing, Jackson Carr, left, and Rylan Brossman, right, ask Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, middle, a few questions. (Viviana Pernot/ Staff Photographer)Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, visits the George L. (Viviana Pernot/ Staff Photographer)“After the ball drop and the cameras were off, they played “What a Wonderful World” in Times Square.

“I recently bought some noise- canceling headphones so I can really tune out and use that time to mentally recharge.”A carry-on bag always carefully holds the crown, while two other large suitcases hold a rainbow of gowns, heels and accessories, along with workout clothing. Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, left, visits the George L.

Hess School in Mays Landing where she spends time with pre-kindergarten classes. (Viviana Pernot/ Staff Photographer)Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, left, visits the George L.

From South Dakota to New York, one of the biggest demands of the crown is travel.

Appearances range from addressing schools to visiting children in a hospital to addressing American troops.

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