Academy's Modisette recognized by Marines - Albuquerque Journal

Academy’s Modisette recognized by Marines

Melinda Modisette has been recognized by the U.S. Marine Corps for athletic prowess, academic success, and embodiment of Marine Corps values. (Courtesy of Melinda Modisette)

The U.S. Marine Corps, in recognizing exemplary student athletes across the country through its Semper Fidelis All-American Program, has named Melinda Modisette from Albuquerque Academy among those selected to this year’s class.

The program – in its fourth year – spotlights approximately 100 student athletes based on athletic prowess, academic success, and embodiment of the Marine Corps values of honor, courage, and commitment, according to a news release.

Modisette was selected by Intersport, a marketing company partnering with the Marines, as the 2020 Female All-American of the year, and will receive a $5,000 scholarship for her college education.

She is credited with being one of the top leaders in the New Mexico women’s wrestling movement, overcoming many obstacles to become a top wrestler and state champion, officials said in the release.

Modisette also has made an impact in her community through participation in the Cross-Cultural Art Exchange, Project Heart Start and volunteering with the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation.

In the face of COVID-19, the Marine Corps chose to cancel the in-person 2020 Battles Won Academy, a multi-day experience in Washington, D.C., typically held in July. Instead, Modisette was recognized during the Battles Won Academy Live virtual event Dec. 6.

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