Major: Liberal Studies
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Previous School: Tacoma Baptist High School
High School: Melanie played four years of varsity basketball at Tacoma Christian School. She also played volleyball, soccer, and softball. Her athletic honors include All-League her sophomore season, WIAA State Athlete of the Week, league MVP her junior and senior seasons, team MVP her sophomore through senior seasons and All-State her senior year. She played club basketball for the Shock. Her academic achievements include being a member of the national honor society.
Personal: Melanie is the daughter of Gerald and Angel Shank. Her hobbies include singing, reading, and music. Her favorite athlete is Ray Allen. Her career ambition is to be a teacher in a different country.
Reason for coming to Simpson: "I came to Simpson because it's a Christian school, and it seemed like a good place to grow."