Woman wins Miss America after doing science experiment for talent

Woman wins Miss America after doing science experiment for talent

Prior to winning the Miss America competition on Thursday, Miss Virginia Camille Schrier became the first contestant to conduct a science experiment in the talent segment of the show, NPR reported.

The 24-year-old is currently undertaking her doctor of pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University. During the pageant, she announced that she would be demonstrating "catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide."

As per The Washington Post, Schrier said earlier in the competition at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut: "I've had people that don't think that what I do is necessarily a talent."

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"But you know what?" she continued. "Miss America is someone that needs to educate, be able to communicate with everyone, and that's what I do as a woman of science. And we need to show that Miss America can be a scientist and that a scientist can be Miss America."

To see the science experiment for yourself, check out the video below: 

CBS News reported that the 24-year-old she hopes to "break stereotypes about what it means to be a Miss America in 2020" by not only being true to herself but a "woman of science".

"I'm not the beauty queen," she said. "I'm the brand ambassador for this organization and I'm more than just someone with a crown on my head."

Miss Virginia Camille Schrier performing a science experiment. Credit: PA Images

As part of her role as Miss America, Schrier will advocate for Mind Your Meds: Drug Safety and Abuse Prevention from Pediatrics to Geriatrics, CNN reports. She also plans to champion STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

The 24-year-old was presented the crown by her predecessor Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, 26. It also came with $300,000 scholarships and a year of representing the organization.

Judges of this competition included singer Kelly Rowland, Queer Eye star Karamo Brown and Superstore actress Lauren Ash.

Congratulations, Camille!