Ashley Thompson

Oklahoma 2018

Ashley Thompson

State: Oklahoma

School: The University of Oklahoma

College Major: Women’s and Gender Studies

Scholarship Winnings: $31,450.00

Social Impact Initiative: Human Trafficking: The Exploitation Epidemic

Miss America empowered me to: use my voice and abilities to become an advocate for victims of human trafficking and to continue volunteer service to my community.

Bio: Almost every Saturday in the fall Ashley performed in front of more than 80,000 Sooner fans and on national television as Captain of The University of Oklahoma Pom Squad. The daughter of a member of one of OU’s seven national championship football teams, she will continue her education at OU’s College of Law. Ashley survived an F5 tornado that destroyed her family’s home when she was five years old. This inspired her to volunteer and help others in need. She now works with victims of human trafficking and forced sexual exploitation. She hopes to be Oklahoma’s seventh Miss America.

Photo credit: Yachin Parham