Camille Schrier, a 24-year-old biochemist, won the 2019 Miss Virginia pageant after performing an explosive chemistry experiment during the talent portion of the competition.
Schrier, a doctor of pharmacy student at Virginia Commonwealth University, was awarded the statewide title in Lynchburg on June 22.
Schrier’s winning talent presentation featured her in a white lab coat and safety goggles mixing chemicals to create spouts of colorful foam, known as the “elephant toothpaste” reaction.
Schrier told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that she knew her unconventional talent was a risk but was thrilled that it paid off.
“We are typically an organization that sees people that are fabulous dancers and really talented singers use that as their talent, and so for me to come out there and take a risk and do a science demonstration was very different,” she told the local newspaper. “As someone who is breaking the boundaries and breaking stereotypes for what talent looks like at Miss America, I wanted to be a little out of the box, and it really worked out.”
“I’m trying to be like Bill Nye,” she said. “That’s what I’m going for. I want to get kids excited, but I don’t want it to be boring.”
Schrier plans to use her platform as Miss Virginia to promote the work of “Mind Your Meds”, a drug-safety and abuse-prevention program.
She will go on to compete in the Miss America pageant in September.
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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona
On February 14, 1981, the Tucson Ronald McDonald House became the 21st House to open in this country. In response to the growing need here in southern Arizona, the House was built to support the countless numbers of children undergoing treatment at Tucson area medical facilities.
When the House first opened its doors to families in need of a “home away from home,” there were a total of five bedrooms and two shared bathrooms. The kitchen held a single refrigerator and one washer and dryer that somehow supported an average of 55 guests per month. Over the next 15 years, renovations increased the House’s capacity to 16 rooms. The addition of a duplex that was adjacent to Banner-University Medical Center accommodated an additional two rooms for families who required long-term stays.
In 2004, RMHC began a $4.5 million capital campaign to build a new, larger Ronald McDonald House in Tucson. In December of 2007, the current location opened, which can now provide for up to 28 families. The 24,000-square-foot House serves nearly 600 families each year. Families stay anywhere from one night for a check-up or outpatient procedures, to six to nine months for organ and bone marrow transplants.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room at Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center serves families who live in Tucson and have a child being treated at BCDCMC. Located on the fourth floor, the Family Room serves as a respite for families and offers them the opportunity to relax, have a snack, check their email and be greeted by someone with a smile. Our local Ronald McDonald House operates with a eight full-time and nine part-time employees , assisted by more than 100 regular volunteers.
Discover the various ways you can support Ronald McDonald House Charities here!
This post is a part of our 2019 social media series, “Philanthropy Spotlight”. There are so many deserving charities in Tucson. Make sure to check out our news feed every Tuesday to read about other local non-profits. We hope you take the time to read about these wonderful organizations and how you can get involved in our community.
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The Temp Connection team wishes you all a very happy and safe Fourth of July. We join you in celebrating our nation’s freedom with family and friends.
Enjoy your long weekend!
The Temp Connection Team
Cindy, Ellie, Jenn, Tina, Elliana, Eugene & Darline
Congratulations to our 4th of July Raffle winners: Mary D. & Joneen L !
They were both presented with a picnic basket containing old fashioned soda, Cracker Jacks, Chick-O-Sticks, a juicy watermelon, and a Target gift card.
We are so excited that these two gals were selected to win our 4th of July gift basket. They have both been wonderful, dedicated workers.
Enjoy the goodies, ladies!
CONGRATULATIONS to our Employee of the Week, Blanca.
Blanca has been with The Temp Connection since February 2019 and has worked at 5 different companies! She has done such a great job at every assignment; we are so glad that she made herself available to us.
Enjoy the gift card, Blanca! We are very thankful for all of your hard work and dedication.
Congratulations to Christie for being selected as our Employee of the Week! Christie has been working for The Temp Connection since May 2018. She has worked a total of 5 assignments and has been an asset to each company she’s come in contact with! We are so thankful that she is available to us.
Enjoy the gift card, Christie! We appreciate you.