Guidance counselors at High School South have chosen Gabriel Rodriguez as their choice to be this year's award recipient at the OCPGA's (Ocean County Personnel and Guidance Association) 31st Annual Caring Award Ceremony. The ceremony will recognize the "Most Caring Students" in Ocean County on Tuesday, March 27th.

The purpose of this award is to recognize students who have given of themselves to a person, group, or cause unselfishly and without expectation of reward.

South chose Gabriel Rodriguez as their recipient because he has participated in mission trips abroad, is very involved with his church's youth group and has traveled with them to repair a home out-of-state in addition to volunteering with their church services. He was part of a service team from Toms River that visited the Dominican Republic to build houses for those in need earlier this year.

At South, he has been involved with tutoring students, is a member of the International Thespian Society, and serves as the National Honor Society president.

Jackie Starr, guidance counselor at HSS, said, "He is overall a kind, caring, and very selfless individual."

This year the Caring Award Committee asked each recipient of the award to put together a 2-minute video highlighting their achievements and service to others. Click here to watch Gabriel's video.