A Biochemist Just Won The Miss Virginia Pageant With A Science Experiment

Camille Schrier took a unique approach.

A 24-year-old biochemist was just crowned Miss Virginia after she captivated an audience with a science experiment on stage.

Camille Schrier, a Virginia Commonwealth University student pursuing her doctor of pharmacy degree, showed the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide. It's more commonly called the "elephant toothpaste reaction" for the huge explosion of foam that occurs at the experiment's climax.

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"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 Richmond Times-Dispatch. "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."

Schrier earned two degrees as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech (biochemistry and systems biology), and the school congratulated her on Twitter.

Schrier had left the pageant world when she was 18 but decided to enter again after the Miss America Organization re-branded and said it was going to recognize more than just contestants' outward appearances. She told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that she is hoping to use her newfound platform to advocate for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Match (STEM).

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