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Vale’s 4th of July Rodeo queen wraps up year with fond memories

Kyla Wright is preparing to turn over the crown to a new queen in Vale.

VALE – For Kyla Wright, 2017 Vale 4th of July Rodeo queen, memories of her reign will linger long after she hands over her tiara.

Those memories run the spectrum from big crowds stacked into bleachers at rodeos across the region to meeting new people. 

Yet two memories in particular still resonate for the 17-year-old Vale High School student.

One memory is a patriotic one. During several Vale High School football games last fall, Wright carried the American flag during the national anthem.

“It is a huge moment,” said Wright.

Then there are the memories of the children.

Wright said one of her favorite activities as queen was visiting local elementary schools and reading and talking . . .