FILE PHOTO: Beakers similar to these played a big part in one beauty pageant contestant quest to win the crown.
Photo: Goodward/Pixabay
Photo: Goodward/Pixabay

Miss Virginia contestant shows science is for everyone, wins crown

Normally you think of beauty pageant talents you think of dancing, singing and baton twirling. But one contestant brought something a little different to the stage -- a table full of beakers and chemicals.

Camille Schrier is a biochemist and wowed the judges and audience with a simple experiment. 

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She mixed hydrogen peroxide and potassium iodide. When they combined, orange/red, blue and green foam spewed from the beakers. 

It was the right mix to win Schrier the title of Miss Virginia and send her to the Miss America Pageant in September, CNN reported.

The Virginia Tech graduate says she's more than just a pageant contestant and used the platform to show it.

"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 press release, according to CNN.

"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 a skill which is perfected over the years of learning," she said, according to CNN.

Will Schrier show a similar talent to her fans when she's on the national stage for the Miss America Pageant?

"I think you will. It might be a little bit different," she told Inside Edition.

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