ROCKFORD (WREX) — A Rockford teenager has been named the Distinguished Young Woman of Rockford 2020 and will now move on to compete at the state level.
Sabrina Meng will compete in the Distinguished Young Women of Illinois State program on Tuesday in Orland Park. The competition combines the chance to win a college scholarship with life skills training, preparing young women for the world after high school. The program takes place in all 50 states.
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Alabama, the Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. During its more than 60 years of operation, the program has provided more than $104 million in cash scholarships and $1.1 billion college granted scholarship opportunities.
Sabrina will be one of 16 young women to compete for the title of Distinguished Young Women of Illinois in 2020.
Sabrina is a senior at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. She is a Science Olympiad, USA Biology Semifinalist, US Figure Skating double gold medalist and first violinist in the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. Sabrina will perform a violin performance as her talent during the state program.
The program was previously known as America’s Junior Miss.