By Becky Kiser
Rylee Werth has won another national contest and will sing the national anthem during the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
Many area residents became aware of the 11-year-old’s vocal talent when she sang the national anthem with country great Neal McCoy during the July 4th Wild West Festival in Hays.
Werth lives with her family on a farm in Trego County and attends sixth grade at St. Mary Elementary School in Ellis.
She’ll sing the national anthem at the general opening session of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association February 4 and during the convention’s Cowboys Night at the Opry February 6.
Three weeks ago, Werth sang the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas after winning a national contest.
Werth tells Mike Koerner, Eagle Community TV, she started singing the Star Spangled Banner at area events, county fairs and rodeos several years ago:
Click here to watch Werth sing at this summer’s Trego County Fair. (Video courtesy Cristi Werth)