Lori Feng of Starkville was named first runner-up at the 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of America Finals last month and presented a cash scholarship of $20,000.
Following a selection process that began in her home town, Feng traveled to Mobile, Alabama along with 49 other state representatives to participate in community activities and prepare for the annual national competition.
Feng amassed a total of $32,750 in cash scholarships through her participation in the Distinguished Young Women program at the local, state and national levels.
Throughout the past year, Feng represented the state at various public events and served as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.”
The outreach program is designed to encourage self- esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious, and Be Responsible.
She also offered free piano lessons in downtown Starkville.
Feng completed her senior year of high school at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, where she was president of the MSMS Student Government.
She is the daughter of Li Wang and Gary Feng and has one sister, Katey and one brother, Max.
The MS 2020 State Finals will take place July 18-20 in Meridian.
Thirty-three participants will travel to Meridian from across the state to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2020.