Former foster youth wins award

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Former Stark County foster youth and Canton South High School 2012 graduate, Jared Herbruck, was recently named one of the "Rising Up and Moving On Award" winners.

The honor was given to him by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio.

Herbruck completed the building trades program through the South Stark Career Academy, located in Canton South High School. He maintained a 2.9 grade-point average, earned two varsity letters in wrestling and played football.

Stark County Jobs and Family Services Independent Living Specialist Sarah Goins nominated Herbruck for the award.

"Jared is amazing," Goins said. "He is a bright young man who makes Stark County and those who know him, proud."

According to Goins, Jared owes much of his success to his foster mom, Lavena Stokes, and to the teachers and counselors at Canton South High School.

Krista Hussar, guidance counselor at Canton South, commented on Herbruck, " He deserves all the Kudos in the world. He is so responsible and very focused on the future."

Herbruck is currently employed full time and plans to one day run his own construction company. Those at the event said Herbruck is committed to helping others, and he volunteers in his spare time and energy to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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