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    Stone Bridge senior sets example for Loudoun’s youth

    Lydia Sohn, a senior at Stone Bridge High School took an active approach in celebrating “National Be Your Best Self Week” April 21-25.

    The weeklong effort is put on every year by the Distinguished Young Women program.

    Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Ala., Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $367 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national level. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010.

    Sohn, as the Distinguished Young Woman of Virginia, joined her fellow representatives in their respective communities doing outreach.

    Sohn met with local Girl Scouts April 24 at the Ashburn Library to convey her message by using her personal experiences and unique talents to create a presentation to develop leaders of the future.

    Representatives of the program provide guidance based on five essential elements: be healthy, be involved, be studious, be ambitious and be responsible.

    In June, Sohn will travel to Mobile, Ala. to participate in the 57th annual Distinguished Young Women National Finals. She will participate in activities and events while preparing to compete for cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2014.

    National Be Your Best Self Week focuses on inspiring young people to lead successful and productive lives.

    The program was founded in 1987 and is the official outreach program of Distinguished Young Women.

    In keeping with the Distinguished Young Women mission, the outreach program provides an opportunity for participants to beneficially impact the lives of others in their communities, specifically young boys and girls.

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