Deputy Barry Adams of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Department was presented with the Watauga County Schools Servant’s Heart Award at the January 11 meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education. The award is presented each month to a person who consistently goes above and beyond expectations in serving students and personnel of WCS.
Adams serves the school system as a school resource officer and certified D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) trainer. D.A.R.E. programs are offered in thousands of schools nationwide, including schools in the WCS system.
The award was presented by Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott, who praised Adams for his selfless dedication, hard work, and an attitude that lifts up and inspires those around him. “It would be an understatement to say he is well regarded,” commented Elliott, “he is loved.” Elliott quoted the comments of others who have worked with Adams and their remarks reflected consistent themes of gratitude, respect, and affection. The comments included statements such as “He is always there when you need him, always smiling… he is a great ambassador for law enforcement and safe schools… he has a wonderful sense of humor.”
Board of Education Chair Ron Henries joined in praising Adams, saying “it’s wonderful that students see such a positive role model in law enforcement every day in school. Thank you for being that role model.”
Adams is a veteran of the Army Reserves who served in Afghanistan in combat and was awarded the Bronze Star for his valor. He is also a recipient of the NC Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor given in NC, and a former member of the NC Highway Patrol.