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Local High School students rewarded for academic excellence

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Western State Bank recently awarded two local students $250 savings scholarships as part of a scholastic recognition program, Western Pays for A's. The scholastic recognition program is designed to reward high school students for their hard work in school.

Travis Bruse of Horace and Cody Grosz of West Fargo were selected as the winners of the second semester Western Pays for A's $250 savings scholarships. "Western is proud to award scholarships to these hardworking students for their achievements. The scholarships are our way of recognizing students for their efforts as well as support them as they prepare for future education expenses," commented Brad Jacobson, Western State Bank President.

Students in grades 9 - 12 are encouraged to bring their report cards into Western State Bank following each quarter. Students will receive a packet of coupons or gift certificates from local businesses for having at least one "A" on their report card. The businesses participating in the program include Happy Joe's, 13th Ave. in West Fargo, Sweet Dreams Confections, 13th Ave. in Fargo, Sandy's Donuts, Main Avenue in West Fargo, and Stars and Strikes Bowling, Sheyenne Street in West Fargo.

Each semester, Western State Bank will award two $250 savings account scholarships selected from students that have brought in their report cards. Students will receive an entry for each "A" they have earned. Four students each year will have the opportunity to begin saving toward a college education from their dedication in high school.

Western State Bank, a $410 million, employee-owned, community-focused bank, offers superior full-banking services, insurance, investments, real estate financing to personal and business customers, as well as leasing services. Western State Bank's current primary bank locations are located in the North Dakota communities of West Fargo, Fargo, Devils Lake, and Towner and in Chandler, Ariz.