Miss America Crowns a Scientist: Find Out Who Won!

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There she is, folks.

Miss America.

On Thursday night, this annual pageant crowned its latest winner, choosing Camille Schrier of Virginia at this year's recipient after she performed the show’s first-ever science demonstration in the talent portion.

Camille Schrier

It actually was very, very cool.

The 24-year showed the audience the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, terms that -- let's be honest -- are not typically associated with beauty pageants in any way, shape or form.

For the experiment, she poured potassium iodide into three flasks containing hydrogen peroxide, food coloring and dish soap, prompting an eruption of colorful foams.

As a result, Schrier earned high praise from the judges — Kelly Rowland, Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown and Superstore actress Lauren Ash — when she told them:

“Miss America is someone who needs to educate."

Miss America 2020

Prior to her victory, Schrier — a PharmD student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy — thanked the pageant for “taking the focus off our bodies” and giving her a chance to be recognized for her intelligence, personality and mission.

She explained that her goal as Miss America was to promote drug safety and abuse prevention while also championing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

Sure sounds like the right winner was chosen, wouldn't you say?

Camille Schrier Photo

The title comes with more than $300,000 scholarships and a year of representing the organization and it was presented to Schrier by her predecessor, Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin.

This event was dubbed Miss America 2.0 this year, as it was meant to shift everyone's attentions away from the contestants; bodies and more toward their brains.

It was held live at Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut; and Access Hollywood’s Mario Lopez and Kit Hoover served as the hosts.

Camille Schrier Wins!

For the second year in a row, women were not judged in a swimsuit or how they look in an evening gown.

Instead, a series of interviews and talent demonstrations determined who was best qualified to wear this year’s crown.

“To make it relevant for these young women, it was important for us as a scholarship and service organization to make sure that we were reflective of this generation, meaning that you no longer had to be defined by some sort of ideal,” said Regina Hopper, president and CEO of the Miss America Organization.

camille wins

Schrier, a native of Pennsylvania, fits this mold perfectly.

She said she hopes to “break stereotypes about what it means to be a Miss America in 2020” by being a “woman of science” who is authentic to herself.

“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.”

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