MerylAnne Dexter Is Miss Rocky Top 2015

Monday, August 11, 2014 - by Wendy King
- photo by Harvey Elkins/HE Images

Signal Mountain's MerylAnne Dexter will be returning to the Miss Tennessee Pageant next June after being selected Miss Rocky Top in Knoxville on Saturday night.  

The GPS graduate is a senior at Brigham Young University where she is majoring in Genetics and Biotechnology and aspires to become a genetics counselor.  She won overall talent and a $500 scholarship.  

Her community service platform is the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


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