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MARION COUNTY -

When you're 12 years old, the thought of where you'll be 10 years from now is probably the last thing on your mind. But a Marion County girl has big dreams and a big voice.

"Abby is a carefree kid. I think that's why singing in front of people doesn't bother her," said Joni Latocha, Abby's mother. "It doesn't make her nervous."

Abby Latocha, 12, said one of her biggest accomplishments so far is singing the National Anthem on Fairmont State University's football field.

"This is the first time she ever sang the National Anthem," said John Latocha, Abby's father. "It was a pretty good crowd. I think it was the homecoming game up here. We were a nervous wreck. She had never sung it before. To hear it coming out of these speakers up here, it was really nice."

Abby's life revolves around the game of softball and singing.

"The first time I ever sang I was in the third grade for a play thing. That's the first time I ever sang in front of a crowd, which was pretty cool," she said. "Then I realized I liked it."

Then people started noticing her and one thing led to another.

"I think when she sings one place someone hears her and they ask her to sing at another place," Joni Latocha said. "Someone hears her there and it kind of escalates."

Abby has sung the National Anthem before the West Virginia State Legislature and has even sent a CD to country star Luke Bryan's manager.

"I have some friends and they heard me sing and they wanted me to make a CD and send it to him," Abby Latocha said.

"We did get a phone call saying they are listening to it and they like it and everybody who has heard it is really impressed," Joni Latocha said. "So, who knows?"

When Abby was asked where she thought she would be 10 years from now, she responded with this: "I just take it day by day. Just whatever God has intended me to do with this. I just like to sing for him."

Her parents said she has a supportive community behind her helping to make her dreams come true.

"We are happy if she is singing here, or singing at church, or singing at the Grand Ole Opery," said John Latocha. "It doesn't matter to us. Wherever it leads her, that's where she'll go."

Abby will be singing the National Anthem at the Washington Wild Things Stadium in Pennsylvania.

It is the same place her idol, Taylor Swift, had her first concert.