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Perham Speech participants presented Wells Fargo Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence

MINNEAPOLIS - Wells Fargo, the premier corporate sponsor of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), today announced that Kenzie Kovar, Gabe Pankonin and Karlee Omberg of Perham High School received the Wells Fargo Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence at the 2012 Class A state high school speech tournament.

The award program is part of the Spotlight on the Arts campaign, a program established by Wells Fargo and the MSHSL to increase awareness for high school fine arts activities. Schools are chosen for the award if they receive a "star" rating from the independent festival judges. In the coming months, top state contenders in speech also will receive the Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence.

Wells Fargo is the premier corporate sponsor of the MSHSL. This sponsorship helps offset the costs associated with tournaments and fine arts events for Minnesota students. It also supports programs such as the MSHSL High School Hall of Fame, along with the Challenge Cup, a program which selects the best Minnesota schools in Class A and Class AA for athletic and fine arts competitions.

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