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Young Achiever: Alexis Werner

Prudential Financial has named Alexis Werner, 18, a senior at Shaler Area High School, as one of two Pennsylvania honorees for the annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which recognizes students in grades 5 through 12 for volunteer service.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Alexis Werner

Age: 18

School: Alexis is a senior at Shaler Area High School.

Family: Mother, Nicole Zottola; stepfather, Greg Zottola; father, Shawn Werner; sisters, Madison and Riley Werner; and a stepbrother, Enzo Zottola.

Noteworthy: Prudential Financial named Alexis a state honoree for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program recognizing students in grades 5-12 for outstanding volunteer service. She was one of two honorees chosen from Pennsylvania. Honorees receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington for a national awards program.

Hobbies/Interests: She enjoys painting and yoga. She's also active in various social justice organizations, including three that she helps run: MPowerment, which focuses on raising awareness about sexual assault and female body image; E'racism, which attempts to break down barriers between people of different races; and Seeds of Hope, a student-led organization that she created to raise awareness about post traumatic stress disorder and poverty among veterans.

Quote: “It's a humbling experience because there are so many kids that I've come in contact with in the state of Pennsylvania doing just amazing work. I just feel so blessed.”

— Bob Bauder

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