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Beauty Pageant Contestant Performs Science Experiment, is Crowned Miss Virginia

Camille Schrier says she hopes to inspire girls to pursue STEM fields in their education.


The newly crowned Miss Virginia wowed the judges and audience with her unique performance in the talent portion of the competition. Camielle Schrier of Dominion ditched the evening gown for a lab coat, and gave an on-stage chemistry demonstration.

Schrier, 24, is currently a pharmacy student. So she decided to use the opportunity to demonstrate her passion for science. She used hydrogen peroxide and potassium iodide to show the process of catalytic decomposition--in layman's terms, that meant an explosion of bright, colorful foam shooting several feet into the from the lab equipment.

You can click here to watch the video of Schrier's demonstration .

Camille Schrier performed a colorful chemistry experiment to win the Miss Virginia crown.

Schrier is now preparing to represent Virginia in the Miss America pageant in September. She told Inside Edition that her talent performance then will definitely include another chemistry demonstration. She says she's hopeful that she's able to get other young women and girls interested in STEM fields.

"I am more than Miss Virginia. I am Miss Biochemist, Miss Systems Biologist, Miss Future PharmD looking toward a pharmaceutical industry career," Schrier said in a release. "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."

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