Meek High School
Melanda's home environment for herself and her younger brothers included inadequate nutrition, neglect, and fights. She volunteered for public service by taking a strong stand for her own independence, working with the Winston County Police Department to end a drug ring, and using her courageous persistence to remove her three younger brothers from a dangerous home and give them peace in a healthy environment. Melanda continued to excel academically despite the potentially damaging effects of her home environment. Melanda is her own legal guardian.