The Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina for 2021 is Emma Neal, from Forest City.
Emma’s achievements include: Student Participant in Leadership Rutherford • Nt. Teen Ms. Applause 2017 • Nt. Teen Ms. Applause 2018 • 8th Grade Honors English Award • 7th Grade Music Award • 1st in graduating 2021 class at East Rutherford High School • Chief Marshall at East Rutherford High School. • Fall 2019 ICC Dean's List • Morehead-Cain Scholarship semi-finalist • Spring 2020 ICC Dean's List
In addition, Emma’s activities include: Member of Rutherford County Youth Council • YoungLife Student Leader • Varsity Cheerleader at East Rutherford Highschool • Leadership Rutherford • Anchor Club • Key Club • Cavalier Crazies • Beta Club
Assist with dance classes at Little Broadway Studio • Help with cheer programs around the county. • Office help at Alexander Youth Network. • Creating a Community Garden with the Men's Shelter with Leadership Rutherford. • Packing nonperishable food items for the East Middle School Backpack Program