FOR 79th QUEEN YAM
GILMER CIVIC CENTER
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., October 19th
Thursday, 7:30 p.m., October 20th
All Seats Reserved
Auditorium: $10.00 Retractable Seats: $5.00
Reserved seat tickets go on sale at the Gilmer Civic Center, Monday, October 10th at 8:00 a.m., and are limited to 10 per person at one time.
Seven young ladies represented local civic clubs in the Queen’s Contest, June 13-24. The winner of the contest will be crowned queen of the 79th Yamboree. The other six will serve as Ladies-in-Waiting to the Queen and will also be presented in the coronation.
Addison McKenzie Coleman
Addison McKenzie Coleman is the seventeen year old daughter of Gary and Buffey Vestal. She is currently a senior at Gilmer High School and is involved in numerous activities including Student Council, FFA, Deuces Club, and has served as class officer. She is also a member of the Ag Mechanics team and participates in FFA Leadership and Career Development Events.
Addison attends the First Baptist Church of Gilmer and enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and welding. She plans to attend Texas A&M University and earn a degree in Agricultural Business.
Hannah Nicole Cook
Hannah Nicole Cook, daughter of Daryl Cook and Shellie Cook, is representing the Bluebonnet Club. She is the granddaughter of Royce and Betty Cook, Joyce Powell, and great granddaughter of Mary Maw.
A senior at Harmony High School, she is a member of the band where she plays saxophone and has also served as president of the “Be Somebody’s Brody” Club. She has been employed at the Gilmer Brookshire’s for over a year, serving as a certified cashier. Hannah plans to attend Tyler Junior College to study cosmetology.
Victoria Denise Easley
Representing the Iris Garden Club is Victoria Denise Easley, daughter of James Easley and Natalie Pilcher, granddaughter of Linda Jones and Bob Pilcher and the late Charles and Altha Lee Easley. She attends Gilmer High School and is a member of the “A” Honor Roll, FFA, National Honor Society, Drill Team Manager, and ranked in the top 10% in her class. Victoria is currently pursuing Cosmetology at Kilgore College as dual credit. She then plans to attend Baylor University to become a Nurse Practitioner. Victoria believes that if you fight all of your battles on your knees, you will win every time.
Becca Brooke Grimes
Representing the Kiwanis Club is Becca Brooke Grimes, daughter of Mark and Daphne Grimes. Miss Grimes is the granddaughter of Edward and Margery Grimes, and Harold and LaRue Pullins. She is a Gilmer FFA chapter officer, District FFA officer, member of the National FFA Band, and an Area VI FFA officer. Becca is a member of the All-Region, All-Area, and All-State band. She is also the first chair flute player in the Gilmer High School Band. Becca plans to attend either Texas A&M University or Tarleton State University and major in Agriculture Education or Agribusiness.
Ansley Elizabeth Jackson
Representing the Twentieth Century Club is Ansley Jackson, daughter of Rebel and Kim Jackson, and the granddaughter of Shane and Vance Lowry, Johnnie Jackson, Shellie and Patti Jones, Greg and Sherry Perry. Her great grand mothers are Irene Parris and Bettie Jackson.
She is a classical ballet dancer, and competitive team dancer, a member or Gilmer High School’s National Honor Society, FFA, Special Olympics team member, ranked top ten in her class, and a member of New Beginning’s Baptist Church. Ansley plans to attend Blinn College majoring in pediatric nursing, later transferring to Texas A&M to get her bachelor degree.
Riley Mackayla Meritt
Riley Meritt is representing Beta Sigma Phi Club and is the daughter of David and Brandy Chandler of Gilmer and Shawn Meritt of Longview. Her grandparents are Rick and Beborah Meritt of Gilmer, Randy and Brenda Funderburk of Longview, Debbie Baker of Gladewater, and Paul and Mary Chandler of Gilmer. She is an active member of National Honor Society and is in the top 10% of her senior class at Gilmer High School.
Riley plans to pursue a degree in Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University or University of North Texas. She enjoys hunting, camping, reading, and spending time with family.
Callie Grace Wheeler – Dodd
Proudly representing the Gilmer Lion’s Club is Callie Grace Wheeler. She is the daughter of Brandon and Mandy Dodd of Gilmer and Randy and Kathleen Wheeler of Harleton. She is the granddaughter of Lloyd and Pam Dodd, Mel and Ann Fuller, the late Robert and Kathryn Wheeler and Linda Wheeler. Callie plays tennis, has been a member of Harleton FFA, is an active member of her Laurels class at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and often participates in various service opportunities. She plans to attend nursing school at UT and work as a post-partum or pediatric nurse like her mother.