Riley Mackayla Meritt represented the 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.