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Hometown Pride for Singer Kat Perkins

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A small town in the southwestern part of the state is getting big acclaim.

Scranton is the home of Kat Perkins, a talented singer who is about to become a household name across more than just the Upper Midwest.

Kat will soon be taking the stage on "The Voice", and the people from her hometown, can hardly wait.

"I think about it everyday and somedays I wake up going, is this real?" says Mark Perkins, father of Kat Perkins.

Mark Perkins or Mr. P has been teaching band for more than 30 years, but at the moment it's his daughter who has really gotten the whole school pumped up about music.

"Of course my students here are buzzing about it, because they know her, even though she's been away for quite a few years..." says Mr. Perkins, Scranton Band Teacher.

Kat Perkins graduated from the small high school in 1999, and now she is going to be singing on a national stage, The Voice.

There's lots of Scranton pride among the staff and students.

"I think before she was on The Voice she was definitely kind of a celebrity here because we all love her voice." says McKenna Wegner, Scranton Junior.

"It's like a game is coming up and we're ready to cheer her on..." says Mr. Perkins.

You can find her picture on posters at the entrance of the school and in the music room.

A face and name that many people in southwest North Dakota already recognize.

"The Medora Musical has a lot to do with it, she credits them with a lot of her stage presence and stuff and had it not been for that opportunity, I don't know where she'd be today..." says Mark Perkins.

Kat already has a following in the Upper Midwest, but her dad is ready for the rest of the world to catch on.

"Since she was just little, she would just belt, don't know where that came from, quality she was born with." says Mr. Perkins.

In Mr. P.'s music appreciation class they talk about artists on The Voice, this year, there's major anticipation for when they will see Kat's audition.

"All excited for her, I think people will try and bug Mr. P to see if we can get any information out of him, but we can't." says Calli Miller, Sophomore.

He will say that she has worked hard to start living her dream, and we can tell you that no matter how far she makes it on the TV show, Kat Perkins is already a star in her hometown.

"I always think of her as the awesome girl, Mr. P.'s daughter that always came to sing and we all thought she was a rock star." says McKenna Wegner.

"This could be the big break, this could be the one she's been waiting for." says Mr. Perkins.

"She's awesome, I think she'll go far, yeah..."

Mr. Perkins taught Kat and her sister Kelly who also sings.

Along with the Medora Musical, Kat also opened up for Bon Jovi.

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