WESTFIELD, NJ – Alexis Santoro, a senior at Cranford High School, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Award by the First Congregational Church of Westfield. The award is given annually to a young person who has been an outstanding advocate for human rights and the less fortunate.

Alexis is a senior at Cranford High School. She is actively involved in athletics and is the captain of her cheerleading squad. She has founded and mentors a service group in her high school and tutors students in need of assistance. Alexis also volunteers at Imagine: A Center for Coping with Loss as an ambassador for grieving children, as well as several other service organizations.

In November 2018, Alexis was awarded the Joy Prescott Humanitarian Award for Student Leadership and Dedication in Government and Public Service, which was established by the Holocaust Resource Center and Council on Global Education and Citizenship at Kean University.

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Alexis has been selected for an internship by the ACLU to work on social justice issues in Washington, DC this summer. She will attend Boston College in the fall to begin her studies with the goal of becoming a humanitarian lawyer.

The Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Awards was created in memory of Marc Hardy, an active member of First Congregational Church. A talented performer and promising young student, Marc lost his life in a car accident in his senior year at Westfield High School in 1990. The award was created to honor his budding legacy.

Alexis Santoro embodies the attitudes and principals that Marc personified in his life. She received a scholarship and certificate during the May19 worship service at First Congregational Church of Westfield.

Alexis’s family was also in attendance to celebrate her award, including her mother Caryn Rich-Caverly, and stepfather, Thomas Rich-Caverly, her brother, Joseph Santoro, and her grandparents, Sharon and David Leventhal. The Hardy family was also well-represented with Marc’s mother, Delores Hardy, his sisters Roslyn Hardy and Kristal Hardy-Ali, with her husband Cassius Ali, nephew Aaron Hardy, and niece Shannon Hardy.

For more information on this award and all of First Congregational Church’s youth and adult programs, visit fccofwestfield.org.