The usual beauty pageant talents include singing a song, or pulling a rabbit out of a hat. However, Schier stepped out in a lab coat, put the goggles on, and demonstrated a catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide.
Her experiment concluded with an eruption of blue and orange foam, otherwise known as the “Elephant Toothpaste” reaction.
She said that she was encouraged to enter the pageant circuit again with the recent overhaul to the competition which places greater value on true talents and social impact over appearance.
She told IFLScience that the evolution of the Miss America competition and the fact that it now reflects greater inclusiveness inspired her to step forward this year and compete, as well as the opportunity to make a difference and win scholarships.
She says that she’s more than Miss Virginia. She’s Miss Biochemist, Miss Systems Biologist, Miss Future PharmD looking toward a pharmaceutical career.
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
Ms. Schier, who has dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Virginia Teach in Biochemistry and Systems Biology will now represent Virginia in the nationwide competition, and she will be a strong candidate for the first “Miss America 2.0”.
This is what she posted after she won the crown: