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Miss Oklahoma was fan favorite at 2012 Miss America pageant

Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson, named first runner-up in the Miss America 2012 pageant, captured fans' attention even before the contestants lined up on stage Saturday night at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas.
BY LINDA MILLER Published: January 16, 2012

Several Oklahoma local title holders who will be competing in the Miss Oklahoma pageant in June were in the audience to support Thompson.

Sarah White, Miss Greater Oklahoma and a sophomore at Oklahoma City University, was sitting with some of the Oklahoma delegation.

She said they were on the edge of their seats, especially when Thompson was named in the top five.

“We were literally grabbing the seats in front us. ... We could not be prouder and Betty just radiated on stage. Even though she's only like 5 feet 2 or so, her personality is so big.”

As first runner-up, Thompson earned a $25,000 scholarship.

Platform promotes milk

Thompson's personal platform is “Milk, It Really Does a Body Good.”

When asked if the government should step into help prevent childhood obesity, Thompson said she thinks it is the parents' responsibility to teach their children how to eat.

Thompson grew up on a small dairy farm near Davenport and her platform is inspired by that experience and a desire to keep children healthy and eating right.

Miss Oklahoma's fans seemed to grow as the night continued and other contestants were eliminated.

White said she was carrying a Go Betty sign after the pageant and many people told her how much they loved Thompson and were cheering for her.