by Aly Michelle
When Bucks County native, Camille Schrier, took a risk and conducted a science experiment as her on-stage talent, we knew she wouldn’t be the typical Miss America. It turns out the risk paid off, and Schrier was crowned Miss America 2020. But, shortly after the competition, the world shut down, and Schrier, like the rest of us, had to figure out how to do her job from home. We recently sat down (remotely) with her to ask about the competition, becoming the first “virtual” Miss America, and her love of science.
“When I decided to perform a science demonstration as my onstage talent, I knew I was taking a huge risk,” Schrier said. “I wasn’t nervous, because I wanted to be authentically myself through the process…and so if that didn’t result in me winning, I was OK with that.”
It turns out that being “authentic” paid off for the for the then 24-year-old. Schrier was crowned Miss America 2020 on December 19, 2019. But, less than four months later, the Covid-19 pandemic brought life to a screeching halt and she, like many of us, was forced to do her job remotely. “Navigating a pandemic as Miss America was difficult, but brought me a world of unique opportunities,” she said. It was science that once again led to her success.