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Young singer wins another contest

12/23/2013

By The Hays Daily News

Rylee Werth has become known near and far the past few months for singing the national anthem.

Her new theme song could be "On the Road Again."

The 11-year-old Ellis girl learned last week she won a second consecutive national contest that will take her to another state.

Werth, a sixth-grader at St. Mary Elementary School in Ellis, was the top vote-getter to sing the national anthem not once, but twice, at the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

Werth will sing at the general opening session of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association on Feb. 4 and again at Cowboys Night at the Opry event of the convention two days later.

Those performances will come two months after singing the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo on Dec. 7 in Las Vegas.

Werth -- who lives on a family farm in Trego County with her parents, Rod and Cristi Werth, and her siblings -- got her start singing the national anthem at county events several years ago and has been performing at area events since.

Her talent reached the national level this fall when she won the youth division of the NFR national anthem contest.