The Miss America Organization has cancelled its 2021 edition, originally scheduled in December 2020, due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Reigning queen Camille Schrier, 24, of Virginia, United States will reign for two years.
Miss America Organization board chair Shantel Krebs said the organization’s “greatest concern” is to ensure the safety of “the thousands of people” involved in or volunteer for their program. She explained, “This coming year will be our 100th anniversary for this iconic American institution and we want to make sure that we take the time to ensure our annual broadcast and the surrounding experiences reflect our time-honored tradition.”
Born on June 30, 1995 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA, Schrier was crowned Miss Virginia 2019 on June 22, 2019. On December 19, 2019, she became the 99th Miss America.
Schrier is now the first ever Miss America to reign for two years. Besting 50 other candidates, she was crowned at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA in a ceremony hosted by Kit Hoover and Mario Lopez and aired live on NBC.
“I realized now that I’m probably going to be a ‘Jeopardy’ question,” Schrier, 24, told People. “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.”
A PharmD student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in Richmond, Virginia, Schrier performed a science demonstration in the talent portion of Miss America 2020. She made history as the first ever candidate of the beauty pageant to do such.
The reigning Miss America 2020 has collaborated with 3M, a multinational conglomerate corporation based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA operating in the fields of industry, worker safety, U.S. health care and consumer goods. They will launch a free online program called Science at Home, which provides video content for teachers and students ages 6 to 12 focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).