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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Saylee Grace Ochoa sang the national anthem at the fourth annual Cody Crockett Memorial Ranch Rodeo on the Lost Creek Ranch near Erick, Okla., which is in honor of her late cousin.
Singing the Star-Spangled Banner on both nights of the rodeo Friday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Sept. 12, was special for Ochoa, who is a Childress Elementary fourth grader and three-year student of Monson Music Studio of Childress.
When Ochoa isn’t singing at events like this rodeo, her grandmother said she can be found singing with The Togetherettes, which is Monson’s longtime singing ensemble that performs for the Childress community. Some of these special events include the Fourth of July in the Park, at local banks during the Christmas season and the annual Veteran’s Day Memorial Program at Childress Elementary School.
Ochoa is the daughter of Meredith Simpson, of Childress, and Jonathan Ochoa, of Wichita Falls; the granddaughter of Curtis and Nancy Simpson and great granddaughter of Anita Thompson, all of Childress. She is also big sister to Luke and Berklee.