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Aurora teenager fends off Super Bowl ad criticism

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 8:00 a.m. CDT

AURORA (AP) — A suburban Chicago teenager who sang in part of a Super Bowl commercial is fending off criticism about the Coca-Cola advertisement.

The spot features young women singing "America the Beautiful" in various languages.

The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports (http://bit.ly/1o0eRGL ) Metea Valley High School sophomore Sushmitha Suresh sang a portion of the song in Hindi.

She says she supports the ad's message.

But the commercial upset some people, who say the song should only have been featured in English.

Suresh tells the newspaper she has "respect" for their opinions, but added: "I am proud of what I've done to promote diversity. I am still an American."

She plans to use the money she earned from the commercial to help pay for college, where she hopes to study audio engineering.

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Information from: The Beacon-News, http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews

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