Brycen Adam, a 2020 graduate of Destrehan High School, isn’t afraid of hard work.
“My high school story is different than most kids,” he said. “I was a band kid throughout high school up until senior year when I decided it was best to leave the program to enjoy my last year in high school … I am also one of those kids whose always had a job.”
DHS Band Director Sharie Mahler said Brycen’s character and work ethic did not go unnoticed.
“Brycen is the kind of individual that sees a need a fills it,” Mahler said. “He is always willing to put the needs of others before his own … he was an extremely hard worker, often times going from school to work and back in the same day without hesitation … Brycen is a compassionate young man with a heart of gold, and would be the first to help his friends in a time of need.”
When he was just 12 years old, Brycen starting picking up any odd job he could find, and by 16 years old he had his first real job at a funeral home. After working that job and others, including at a restaurant and coffee shop, he said he knew he didn’t want to work indoors anymore.
“I’m a very active person,” he said. “I like to be involved in everything and I wanted to be outdoors.”
His father, Shelby Adam Jr., recognized the strong work ethic his son had and together they started a pressure washing company – Lil B’s Pressure Washing Company.
“He named it after me … I loved it,” Brycen said. “I love being involved with customers.”
The company grew and business was thriving until Shelby’s death in March of 2019. Suddenly in charge of the entire operation, Brycen said he decided to continue to grow the company, which is still in operation.
He learned his strong work ethic from his grandfather.
“He always told me, ‘you’re never going to get anywhere unless you work for it,’” Brycen said. “That always stuck with me, that if I don’t work I’m never going to get anywhere in life.”
Where Brycen intends to go next in life is the Air Force, where he hopes to train as an aviation mechanic and work on fighter planes.
“I love to travel and I love to be hands on in the field, so I’m combining the two,” he said.
Brycen scored in the 95th percentile of the ASVAB, which is a multiple-aptitude test aimed at measuring developed abilities. The test helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.
He is now waiting to learn when he will begin pre-training for boot camp. Until he leaves, his time this summer will be spent doing what he’s been doing since he was 12 – working.