- Associated Press - Thursday, January 12, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) - An Irish step-dancing Miss Oklahoma tops contestants in the second round of the Miss America talent competition in Las Vegas, while a swimsuit-clad Miss Texas scores honors in the lifestyle and fitness category.

Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson took home a $2,000 scholarship for dancing to “Warriors” at Wednesday night’s preliminary. The talent portion is 35 percent of a contestant’s score.

Miss Texas Kendall Morris earned a $1,000 scholarship after appearing in a Monte Carlo Komplique swimsuit. The fitness category is 15 percent of a contestant’s score.

One more winner will be selected in each category during a final day of preliminaries.


In Tuesday’s round, Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler won for talent and Miss Utah Danica Olsen won swimsuit.

The finals are Saturday at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.