- Miss America Organization
- Camille Schrier from Virginia performed a science experiment as her talent at the Miss America 2020 pageant on Thursday.
- Not only did she stun the judges and audience with her skills, but people on Twitter were also impressed.
- Schrier is currently a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she’s working towards earning a doctor of pharmacy degree.
- The 2020 Miss America pageant was held this year at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
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Miss America is no longer about swimsuit competitions and evening gowns.
On Thursday, five finalists of the 2020 pageant took the stage at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, to showcase their unique talents. Two contestants sang and two others danced, but Camille Schrier from Virginia took a completely different approach: She performed a science experiment onstage.
At a table with three flasks containing a combination of hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and food coloring, Schrier poured potassium iodine – her catalyst – into each one to show what she called “the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide.”
Pouring the catalyst into each flask sparked a chemical reaction, producing colorful streams of foam that cascaded onto the floor around her.
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The audience cheered for Schrier after her experiment, while judge Lauren Ash called her “showmanship of science” fun to watch and an interesting idea while applauding her enthusiasm.
People on Twitter seemed just as excited about Schrier’s experiment, and thanked her for introducing STEM to the pageant world.
Science as a talent on Miss America!!!!! I’m so here for it ???????????? #STEM
— Anna (@annasolsvig) December 20, 2019
— B. Happy (@mrBHappy) December 20, 2019
I'm gonna be honest. When they said Miss Virginia was doing a science experiment for her talent, I was like wth?!?! But this girl knocked it out of the park! This is a video of her talent from prelims. #awesome #smartgirlsrock https://t.co/VzET31EZKI
— Mandy Fulford (@MandyFulford) December 20, 2019
— Steve Kerr (@TheRealestSKerr) December 20, 2019
Virginia Tech, where Schrier previously earned two science degrees, even shared a video of her experiment.
Recorded from @MissAmerica: @MissAmericaVA Camille Schrier takes her elephants toothpaste chemistry demo to the national stage! #MissAmerica2020 @VT_alumni #WomenInSTEM pic.twitter.com/NZ4FRLXT5I
— Virginia Tech Science (@VT_Science) December 20, 2019
When she later won the competition, viewers became even more enthusiastic.
miss virginia!! is now!! miss america!! go women!! go science!! go virginia!!
— an (@annalew13) December 20, 2019
Miss Virginia is Miss America!!!!!!!!!!
So excited!!!! Yay SCIENCE! She did it.
???????????? #Hokies ????????????
— Ann Cassell (@asc7c) December 20, 2019
In June, I sat in an auditorium, watching as Camille Schrier did a science experiment for her talent – as she competed for the title of Miss Virginia.
Congratulations on becoming Miss America tonight! @MissAmericaVA ????????????????????????????????
— Tamara Wilkerson Dias, EdD (@DrTamaraWDias) December 20, 2019
This isn’t the first time Schrier has performed a science experiment during a pageant. In July, the Miss America winner also took home the crown at her state pageant after displaying the same talent.
Virginia Commonwealth University, where Schrier is earning her doctor of pharmacy degree, congratulated her win at the time, and also shared a video of the experiment.
Watch #VCUPharmacy student Camille Schrier wow the judges for Miss Virginia with her talent performance — the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide!
— VCU School of Pharmacy (@VCUPharmacy) June 26, 2019