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Update: For Today's coverage of Patrick Farves, go here.

Patrick Farves had no idea what would happen when he asked Miss America to prom.

And although the Central York High School senior didn't get a "yes," he did get a heavy dose of national publicity.

"I'm still in shock to this moment," Farves said Sunday afternoon. "I'm on my way to be flown out to New York to go to the 'Today' show."

The 18-year-old also received 3.5 days of in-school suspension — a lighter penalty than he expected — as well as the sympathy of Miss America herself, Nina Davuluri.

Breaking the rules: At least one administrator advised Farves not to approach the stage during the Thursday assembly, when Davuluri spoke with students about diversity, said Michael Wagner, president of Central York School District's board of school directors.

But he went along with his plan anyway, asking her to prom and handing her a plastic purple flower.

"The student was instructed not to do something," Wagner said. "He chose to do it anyway, and there are consequences."

Farves said he accepts his punishment, although he'll have to push back one day of ISS to be on TV Monday morning. He said he's happy the consequences weren't more serious, like being banned from prom or graduation.


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On Saturday, the Miss American Organization issued a statement from Davuluri, who was "flattered by the gesture." In it, she asks the school to reconsider its decision to suspend her suitor.

But as of Sunday, the school district maintained its disciplinary position.

"The young man was given an instruction, and he chose to disobey that instruction," Wagner said. "I don't think it has anything to do with Miss America being offended or not."

Farves said he's thankful for how good of a sport Davuluri was, but he "still respects the discipline."

15 minutes: As for his sudden notoriety, Farves said he's "just going along with it."

In addition to the "Today" show spot, he said he's also heard from "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "Inside Edition."

"Every time I open my phone, it's just something new," Farves said.

He said he and his friends are class clowns, but his intent wasn't to get so much attention from the stunt.

"We would've never imagined it coming to this extent," he said. "This is ridiculous."

As for ISS this week, Farves said he'll still go to school, where he'll be required to do his work in one classroom the entire length of the school day, with no talking or sleeping.

And all signs indicate he's not bitter in the slightest.

"(Central's) a fantastic school," Farves said. "The administrators are awesome — they're great people, too."

— Staff writer Nikelle Snader contributed to this report. Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.