Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier received her crown in December, and it has been revealed that she will become the first woman ever to hold the title for two years. The Miss America organization announced this week that the 2021 competition has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that means Schrier is making history.
“I realized now that I’m probably going to be a Jeopardy question,” joked Schrier with People magazine. “It’s definitely incredible. As someone who is a nontraditional competitor in the Miss America organization … it’s kind of on-brand for me to do it this way.”
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The 24-year-old is no stranger to making history when it comes to the Miss America pageant. For her talent portion of the competition last year, the pharmacy student performed the first-ever science demonstration.
Schrier is a PharmD student at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, and her platform includes drug safety and abuse prevention and promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.
The pageant queen says that she is embracing the fact that she doesn’t really do anything the regular way, and she thinks that is important for young people to see. Schrier says that sometimes we feel like we have to be the same as everyone else, but it’s best to “just do your own thing, create your own path.”
Schrier also thinks it’s “cool” to be the first Miss America ever to hold the title for two years, and she joked for a second time that she “better be a Jeopardy question now.”
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She also pointed out that her first year as Miss America has been nothing like she imagined, considering the fact that the novel coronavirus has forced her to get creative when it comes to spreading her message because she can’t appear at traditional in-person events.
Camille Schrier says that this isn’t a situation that the hundred-year-old Miss America organization has faced before, and she is the first person to be faced with it. This unique opportunity has resulted in her asking herself how she can adapt and bring the work she has done on the ground to the internet.
With that in mind, Schrier has joined forces with 3M to launch Science at Home, a free online program for teachers and students ages six through 12. It provides STEM-focused video content, including Schrier demonstrating two science experiments.