STILLWATER, Okla. —
Oklahoma State’s Miss OSU 2011 became Miss Oklahoma during the ceremony that took place Saturday night in Tulsa.
Betty Thompson, 22, is a senior elementary education major from Davenport. Thompson’s platform for the competition was “Milk - It Really Does a Body Good”. Growing up on a dairy farm, she said dairy has been a big part of her life.
“Always at the dairy shows, I showed dairy cattle growing up,” said Thompson. “It’s something I’ve always been around.”
She said her platform focuses on teaching students the importance of making healthy choices in their early years.
“Habits are formed at a young age, so we want to focus on them drinking milk instead of Cokes or sweet tea,” said Thompson.
This is the third time she has participated in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant.
In 2009, she competed as Miss Oklahoma State, then as Miss Northwest Passage in 2010 when she finished as a runner-up to the winner Emoly West. This year, as Miss Oklahoma State, she clinched the title. She said she was ready for this year’s contest.
“I know God’s will is at work in my life,” Thompson said. “I did everything I possibly could and prepared as much as possible. I was at peace this week because I knew no matter what, I have a plan for my life.”
She plans to complete her student teaching degree at OSU and take the next year off from school to perform her duties as Miss Oklahoma. She said the $15,000 in scholarship money she received will go toward finishing her degree at OSU and working on another degree in secondary education at Oklahoma City University.
Thompson will compete in the Miss America competition in January in Las Vegas.