Video sparks chance of a lifetime for Carrie Underwood fan from Wellington

Published: Sep. 19, 2019 at 6:48 PM CDT
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A video sparks a chance of a lifetime for one Wellington teen. That chance came Wednesday night when country music star Carrie Underwood performed at Wichita's Intrust Bank Arena.

Ahead of the tour, Underwood held a contest for one lucky winner at each stop to help sing the rap portion her hit song, "Champion." Contestants submitted a tryout video and an essay about who inspires them. Nineteen-year-old Abby Lowe entered for her chance to join Underwood on stage in Wichita.

"About a month ago, I submitted a video of me rapping, proving I could rap," Lowe says.

She then wrote her essay about her boss, a local farmer named Tom Phipps.

"This year, he was flooded out three different times," Lowe says. He persevered and replanted for all the local people to make sure they had fresh produce this summer. He really is a champion."

Lowe was a winner and relished her opportunity to join Underwood in front of thousands of people Wednesday night in Wichita.

Phipps says he appreciates Lowe recognizing his work and that her kind gesture paid off with a special opportunity for her. He describes Lowe as "an awesome kid with a lot of depth."

"Because most kids her age wouldn't even think about what I had to go through," Phipps says. "We literally spent nights out here trying to keep water out of things. "...The young society like Abby, I just hope a majority of them are like her."