Miss Virginia, Camille Schrier was crowned Miss America 2020 on Thursday, December 19 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The 24-year-old biochemist edged out 50 other candidates to win the national pageant and a $50,000 worth of scholarship.
Victoria Hill (Georgia), Simone Esters (Missouri), Addison Price (Oklahoma) and Jillian Duffy (Connecticut) were the runners-up while Tiara Pennington (Alabama) and Monica Thompson (Colorado) completed the Top 7.
For the first time in close to a century, the Miss America Organization scrapped the swimsuit competition and the candidates will no longer be judged based on physical appearance.
The new Miss America, who impressed judges with a chemistry demonstration in the talent show, is a graduate of Virginia Tech and presently a doctor of pharmacy student at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Camille advocates “Mind Your Meds: Drug Safety and Abuse Prevention from Pediatrics to Geriatrics.”
Miss America 2020 was aired on NBC. The pageant was judged by Queer Eye culture aficionado Karamo Brown, singer Kelly Rowland and actor Lauren Ash, and hosted by Kit Hoover and Mario Lopez of Access Hollywood.
Last year’s winner, Nia Franklin of New York, officially crowned her successor at the end of the event.
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