Camille Schrier Bio, Wiki
Camille Schrier is a 24-year-old Beauty Pageant who was crowned Miss America 2020 on Thursday, December 19th, 2019 representing Virginia.
Camille Schrier Education
Schrier honed her passion for science at Virginia Tech. She earned degrees in Biochemistry and Systems Biology, minored in Chemistry, and graduated Cum Laude.
Schrier is currently doing her doctorate at Virginia Commonwealth University. She hopes to obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree.
She tells CNN, “I am more than Miss Virginia. I am Miss Biochemist, Miss Systems Biologist, Miss Future PharmD looking toward a pharmaceutical industry career… Now was the time for me to create a mind shift about the concept of talent by bringing my passion for STEM to the stage. To me, talent is not a passion alone, but also a skill which is perfected over years of learning.”
Camille Schrier Miss America 2020
Camille Schrier was crowned Miss America 2020 on Thursday, December 19th, 2019, at the 93rd annual competition. The competition followed 51 contestants as they competed for scholarships to be used to continue their efforts toward community service and education.
During the show, Schrier shared her passion for science by conducting a chemistry experiment on stage and advocating for the importance of drug safety. She is currently a pharmacy student at Virginia Tech University.
Schrier certainly has an unconventional talent. For the talent portion of Miss America, she demonstrated the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, which occurs when hydrogen peroxide comes in contact with a catalyst like potassium iodide. She tells BBC, “It took a little creativity for me to find a way that I could represent the talents I have in a way that was entertaining because sometimes people have this perception that science is boring.”
Discussing the details of her talent performance with BBC, Schrier said, “I actually used dish soap (washing-up liquid to us Brits) in my beakers so the gas gets trapped, and that’s what forms that foam that shoots out… that’s really the show-stopping moment of my reaction… Even my competitors were eager to watch what I was going to do. It was a fun moment to hear the cheers from people in the audience.”
Camille Schrier Beauty Pageant
Schrier has been involved in pageants since she was 14. She said to VCU News that she was always an athletic kid, and never a “girly-girl.” She says her love for science started in an eighth-grade science class.
It wasn’t until Schrier learned that the Miss America organization had eliminated the swimsuit competition and started focusing on the social impact that she decided to give Miss Virginia a go. When she took home the crown, she also took home $22,000 in scholarship money.
Speaking about her career in pageantry, Schrier says, “It taught me a lot about being professional … in terms of just being able to prepare a resume, go into an interview confidently, and how to prepare for something like that.”
For her work as Miss Virginia, Shrier has visited school assemblies, classrooms, children’s hospitals, veterans hospitals, and served as a special guest.
Camille Schrier Campaign Platform
Schrier’s platform issue for the Miss America competition was STEM awareness and drug safety. She tells the VCU News, “I’m trying to be like Bill Nye [the science guy],” she said. “That’s what I’m going for. I want to get kids excited, but I don’t want it to be boring.”
She adds on to BBC, “I’m hoping to use this throughout the United States to get young people, especially young girls, interested in STEM and STEM careers, and hopefully be a role model for them. Also to encourage both young girls and young men to be themselves and not change who they are for any situation that they feel like they need to fit in a box.”