Shelby Adams

Shelby Adams, a senior at Union County Early College, received a service award on Jan. 12 after what she did for other students at her school who might be living with food insecurity.

MONROE — Shelby Adams received the John H. Crowder Service Award during the Union County Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday (Jan. 12) for “making a difference” at her school and in her community.

Through her Girl Scouts Gold Award service project in 2019, Adams set up a breakfast food pantry at her school — Union County Early College. The pantry is open to all students, and especially students who don’t qualify for free or reduced meals but might still need assistance, according to a report on Union County Public School’s website (

She partnered with Food Lion in Indian Trail and her school’s Smile and Hope clubs to gather donations.

Adams, a senior, will graduate with a high school diploma as well as a 2-year associate’s degree from South Piedmont Community College. She plans to attend a 4-year university. She wants to major in business administration and management and wants to one day open a coffee shop.