Miss Oklahoma Wins Preliminary Talent Award at Miss America

Las Vegas, Nevada – January 11, 2012 – Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson was named Wednesday night’s preliminary Talent winner for her Irish Step Dance performance to “Warriors,” during the second night of competition of the 2012 Miss America Pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Betty will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also in the spotlight was Miss Texas Kendall Morris, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a Monte Carlo Kompliqué swimsuit. Kendall will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

To see videos from the awards ceremony and behind-the-scenes interviews from tonight’s preliminary winners, visit www.facebook.com/missamericaorganization.

As the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation’s leading achievement programs, the Miss America Organization last year made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. The Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs.

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To download photos of tonight’s preliminary winners, go to www.missamerica.org. Photos will be available for download, starting at 9:00am ET the morning following the preliminary competition.