Who You Are Is Exactly Right- The Message from Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson to the Girls at OYETue, 13 Mar 2012 21:55:34 CDT
Not pretty enough, not tall enough, too much of a farm girl- Betty Thompson heard all of those reasons and more why she would never be Miss Oklahoma- but she overcame all of those negative comments and on her third try in the early summer of 2011- became Miss Oklahoma. She challenged the girls and ladies who participated in the annual "This One's For the Girls" event sponsored by the Diamond Hats at the Oklahoma Youth Expo to never allow people to tear them down with their words and opinions.
She spoke of her recent appearance at the Miss America contest, where she placed as the National Runnerup in the competition. She told the girls that "I arrived at the contest as Betty Thompson and left the contest at the end of the week as Betty Thompson and never changed who I was to suit a judge or try to place higher." She said it was not a defeat to be the Runnerup, but the greatest day or her life as she knew that she had done her very best- in her interview as well as in her talent- and in all of the other points of competition.
She spoke with pride about her farm upbringing, saying the work ethic established has helped make her who she is- and added that 4-H and FFA provided invaluable public speaking training and more which also shaped her and prepared her for where she is today- a beautful and dynamic Miss Oklahoma 2011.
We talked with Betty after her presentation- and you can hear our conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
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