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Perham-Dent schools win Challenge Cup

The Perham-Dent school district finally made it to the top.

The Yellowjacket activity department will be named the top school in Class A in the Minnesota State High School League's Challenge Cup.

The Challenge Cup is an awards program designed to recognize Minnesota high schools for excellence in athletics and fine arts activities. The Challenge Cup is awarded to two high schools, one Class A school and one Class AA school, that earn the most points based on their participation and finish in state fine arts competitions and athletics tournaments.

"Perham has the top activities department in the state," said Superintendent Tamara Uselman at the June 18 school board meeting, adding that Perham finally outscored the private school's that have had a stranglehold over the award.

Since it's inception for the 2003-04 school year, two private schools, The Blake School of Minneapolis (2005, 2007), and St. Cloud Cathedral (2004 and 2006) have won the Class A honor. Perham has been the top public school twice (2005, 2006), and the second best public school the two other years.

Challenge Cup scoring is based on all activities for which the MSHSL sponsors a state championship will be included in the Challenge Cup standings. In addition, debate, One Act Play, and adapted athletic programs are included in the standings. Perham scored most of their points with State Championships in boys cross country and gymnastics. The wrestling team finished second at State, the football went to the State semifinals and the boys and girls track and field teams each finished in the top-four at State. In addition, David Tomporowski won a State Championship in speech.

School Activities Director Fred Sailer reported that the school is planning to celebrate the honor with a community party, and also promote it with a billboard on the highway--among other marketing plans.

Look for a more in-depth look at Perham's Challenge Cup honor in next week's EOT Illustrated.