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Virginia biochemist crowned Miss America after on-stage science experiment

The biochemist conducted an explosive on-stage experiment, a first for a Miss America winner.
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Camille Schrier, of Virginia, performs a science experiment prior to winning the Miss America competition at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Camille Schrier, a biochemist from Virginia, says she hopes to “break stereotypes” about what it means to be Miss America in 2020. 

The 24-year-old wowed the crowd at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, with a science experiment, a first for a Miss America winner. 

She wins a $50,000 scholarship. 

Schrier's victory comes as the 99-year-old contest tries to change its image and focus on women's accomplishments and not appearance. 

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Camille Schrier, of Virginia, right, reacts after winning the Miss America competition at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. At left is runner-up Miss. Georgia Victoria Hill and at rear is Miss. America 2019 Nia Franklin. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The swimsuit competition is gone and candidates compete for the “job” of Miss America and scholarships. Organizers say the changes have encouraged more young women to participate. 

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Camille Schrier, of Virginia, performs a science experiment prior to winning the Miss America competition at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Inside Edition profiled Schrier's science experiment in July when she first won the crown of Miss Virginia. 

After her crowning victory, Virginia Tech tweeted that "@MissAmerica can be a scientist because a scientist IS NOW #MissAmerica2020" to congratulate the Virginia Tech alumni. 

TEGNA staff contributed to this report.

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Camille Schrier, of Virginia, performs a science experiment prior to winning the Miss America competition at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)