Miss Oklahoma Sharing Importance of Dairy With Oklahoma StudentsMon, 21 Nov 2011 16:58:19 CST
Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson has been helping to spread the word about the dairy industry, agriculture, and the importance of exercise and a balanced diet in schools across the state. Recently at a Fuel Up to Play 60 event in Guthrie, Okla., Thompson talked with students about all of these issues and capatilized on her platform of "Milk It Really Does a Body Good."
Growing up on a farm just north of Davenport, Okla., Thompson raised Jersey cows on a small dairy operation. Thompson grew up milking cows every morning and every night as well as bottle feeding cows. Thompson says her experiences at the family dairy helped inspire her platform as Miss Oklahoma.
Thompson has been traveling to multiple schools during the school year to to talk to students about setting goals, having a healthy lifestyle, making good decisions and having self respect. Thompson says taking these programs and implementing them in schools has been her main job as Miss Oklahoma.
But Thompson says this is also preparing her for the Miss America pageant coming up in early 2012 in Las Vegas. Going out into the schools and having some type of speaking opportunity with children and interacting with people on a daily basis are the the biggest part of the preparation process says Thompson.
Thompson is also a student at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., which she says her elementary education classes have helped her during her time as Miss Oklahoma. With just one semester left of student teaching, Thompson will soon have her degree in Elementary Education.
Click on the LISTEN bar below to hear more from Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson as she talks with Ron Hays. Also, watch the video below to see a little bit of Miss Oklahoma's presentation to the students in Guthrie.
Click here to see the set of Flickr pictures with Miss Oklahoma at Fuel Up to Play 60 in Guthrie.
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