Lydia Sohn, Miss Maryland 2021

Korean-American | Future Navy Doctor | Arts Advocate

Education: Johns Hopkins University (2018), Georgetown University (2019), and Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Expected 2026).

Degrees: B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology and M.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Social Impact Initiative: ArtWorks – Promoting Arts Integration and Education. Lydia works with museums and organizations that utilize arts-based methods to instill knowledge, hope, and healing in individuals from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds.

In 2018, Lydia graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a Music Minor. She then obtained her M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University in 2019. Throughout her time at these institutions, she volunteered with art and music therapy programs! Whether working with pediatric patients or individuals experiencing homelessness, Lydia saw the way art provided hope and healing. The more involved she became in the community through arts-based initiatives, the more apparent the need for arts integration across disciplines became to her.

As Miss Maryland, Lydia advocates for her social impact initiative, ArtWorks: promoting arts integration and education. She has the incredible opportunity to work with museums and organizations that utilize arts-based methods to instill hope and healing in individuals from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. The cherry on top? The $14,400 in scholarships she earned thus far have paid for her medical school application fees and will help finance her journey to becoming a Navy Doctor next year at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine!