Camille Schrier has been crowned Miss America 2020.
Schrier, who edged out 50 of her fellow competitors for the title, is a graduate of Virginia Tech, a current doctor of pharmacy student at Virginia Commonwealth University and 2019’s Miss Virginia.
“Science is a talent. And it’s my mission to show kids that science is fun,” said Schrier, 24, on Thursday evening from Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.
Along with the title of Miss America, the biochemist will win a $50,000 scholarship, a six-figure salary and work with “professionals passionate about creating more opportunities for women,” according to a representative for the organization.
During her talent portion, Schrier demonstrated the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide by adding potassium iodide to hydrogen peroxide, food coloring and dish soap. “Don’t try this at home,” she joked. For the demonstration’s big finish, spouts of colorful foam rocketed out of the beakers.
Yeah, Science is cool and so is @MissAmericaVA Camille Schrier, of Newtown, Bucks County, whose talent on @MissAmerica was a #Science experiment #stem @CourierTimes #smartisbeautiful pic.twitter.com/BFKOGS2B4x
— Danielle Camilli (@BCTdanielle) December 20, 2019
The unexpected experiment impressed those watching along.
— Jeanne Yacoubou (@jeanneyacoubou) December 20, 2019
WTG! Love this story! She had only won Miss VA less than a year ago! Her talent was a science experiment! https://t.co/H72yqSJV3t
— AmyLyn2020 (@amylyn144) December 20, 2019
— Shellie Creson (@screson) December 20, 2019
Biochemist Camille Schrier crowned Miss America just minutes after wowing the crowd with science.
Dressed in a lab coat, she gave a colorful chemistry demonstration of the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide. pic.twitter.com/0wjyag6H2k
— Mariel Ruiz (@marielruizwx) December 20, 2019
This is awesome. Virginia Tech grad won Miss America with science. https://t.co/O0GnOYhpGb
— Sean Kennedy (@SeanDKennedy) December 20, 2019
yo our 2020 miss america’s talent was a chemistry demonstration and that’s rly freaking cool bc everyone else dances and sings and she is our lil science queen i love u miss america
— addison 🌻 (@addisonlayne123) December 20, 2019
— Katie Collett (@KatieCollettTV) December 20, 2019
Schrier’s unique talent—science—matched her impact initiative about drug safety and abuse prevention emphasizing bringing the opioid crisis in the U.S. to an end.
The Miss America runner-up, Miss Georgia Victoria Hill showcased her talent of singing opera and social impact presentation encouraging more Americans to participate in foster care. “Please help me flip the script on foster care,” Hill, 20, said onstage.
It’s been a landmark year for pageants. Nia Franklin’s historic 2019 win made her the first of five major pageant winners of major pageants that each had a black woman wearing the crown. Most recently, Miss Jamaica, Toni-Ann Singh, became Miss World earlier this month, joining Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, Miss USA Cheslie Kryst and Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris. It was the first time in history that all five titles were held by black women simultaneously.
This is America (well a part of it.) I can’t believe I’m on the digital cover of #essence Thank you @essence for making us the digital cover for October and showing that diversity matters for more reasons than one! Link 🔗 to the cover story in my stories 🙌🏾👑 my hair: @sevenknows my MUA: @jaleesajaikaran stylist: @meccajw wardrobe: @gucci @dapperdanharlem photographer: @timothy_smith_ #Godisgood writer: @michaelaangelad
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While Thursday’s live broadcast crowned Schrier as Miss America 2020, contestants participated in preliminary rounds earlier in the week. The competition segments of Thursday’s telecast included interview questions, a talent segment and a social impact initiative presentation.