Miss Virginia title won by a biochemist who did a science experiment on talent showcase


  • Camille Schrier was declared Miss Virginia on June 22 after wowing the crowd by doing a chemistry experiment onstage during the talent portion of the pageant.
  • The 24-year-old biochemist demonstrated the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, resulting in an explosion of colorful foam.
  • Schrier, who is pursuing a doctor of pharmacy degree at Virginia Commonwealth University will vie for the Miss America crown in September.

Camille Schrier was crowned Miss Virginia on June 22 after ‘breaking stereotypes’. Instead of belting out a song or choosing to dance, the 24-year-old biochemist did the “elephant toothpaste” reaction onstage.

Donning a lab coat and safety goggles, she demonstrated the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide where streams of colorful foam shoot out of the graduated cylinders as a result of the catalyzed reaction.

Photo Credit: RICK MYERS /Miss Virginia
Photo Credit: RICK MYERS /Miss Virginia

As expected, most contestants displayed their talents by singing, dancing, or playing an instrument. Schrier knew her unconventional talent was a risk but was thrilled that it paid off, she told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“We are typically an organization that sees people that are fabulous dancers and really talented singers use that as their talent, and so for me to come out there and take a risk and do a science demonstration was very different,” Schrier told the newspaper.

“As someone who is breaking the boundaries and breaking stereotypes for what talent looks like at Miss America, I wanted to be a little out of the box, and it really worked out,” she added.

The newly-crowned beauty queen earned her dual degrees in biochemistry and systems biology from Virginia Tech. She is pursuing her doctor of pharmacy degree at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Schrier said that she can use her term as Miss Virginia as a platform to advocate for women in STEM and promote the work of Mind Your Meds — a drug-safety and abuse-prevention program.

Miss Virginia will go on to compete at the 2019 Miss America pageant to be aired live on Sept. 9 from Atlantic City’s famed Boardwalk Hall, the Miss America Organization announced on its website.

Source: Business Insider

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