Two Little Falls High School students and two Pierz-Healy High School students were nominated for the ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) Award.

Christy Masog and Tyler Moore of Little Falls and Taryn Becker and Lukas Otte of Pierz were nominated for the recognition program sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The award is designed for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities and who are model citizens in their community.

ExCEL Award recipients are selected through a multi-level process that involves league member schools and an independent panel of judges from schools throughout Minnesota.

Masog, the daughter of Richard and Kari Masog, has participated in band, swimming, Nordic ski and softball. Moore, the son of Michael and Cheryl Moore, has participated in band, cross country and track.

For more information about the ExCEL Award program, contact the league at 763-560-2262 or go to on the web.