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Oprah pays visit to students in Saratoga Springs

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP/NEWS10 ABC) - Oprah Winfrey paid a visit to two of the graduates from the celebrity's school in South Africa who are enrolled at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.
    
A spokeswoman for OWN, Winfrey's cable channel, says that the former daytime talk-show queen was at Skidmore College on Monday night to meet with two graduates from Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls. The academy, a boarding school for underprivileged South African girls, opened in 2007.
    
The two young women are both now studying at Skidmore.
    
Christel MacLean, co-owner of The Crown Grill on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, tells local media outlets that Winfrey and the two students had dinner at the restaurant Monday night in a private back room.

"We got a phone call early in the afternoon saying Oprah wanted to dine here and we should expect calls from her people at Harpo and we got calls through the afternoon and at 7:30 she arrived for dinner," said MacLean.

"She mentored those young women for many years and now to have them in college she was like a proud mom visiting for parent's weekend basically," said MacLean. "It was a warm relationship. You could tell they were kind of basking in the glow and sharing a nice intimate conversation."

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.

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