This year’s inductees for the Mountain Pointe Hall of Fame include a Coach of the Year, an All State Golfer and a graduate who has made a name for herself in a very different way — through acting.
“It’s pretty cool,” said Rachel Melvin, a 2003 graduate and now actress who’s been in roles in “Days of Our Lives,” “Heroes” and “Dumb and Dumber To.”
“When I went there (to MP) I know Mountain Pointe was a very athletic-driven school. It’s nice to be representative of the arts.”
Though she didn’t do much acting at Mountain Pointe, Melvin still credits the school with inspiring her to pursue her dream. The only production she got a part in was as Sally VanViller in “Any Number Can Die.” She said the theater teacher at the time really encouraged her to keep trying.
“I was only in one main stage production at Mountain Pointe and I got really discouraged about it,” Melvin said. “My mom told me you should take rejection almost better than you do success because when you go into the real world and start auditioning you hear far more no’s than you hear yes’s… My mom always taught me to be grateful that I wasn’t in more theater because it taught me to take rejection well rather than saying, ‘What do you mean I can’t act’ because no one was giving me a job as easy as it is to get a part in high school.”
Melvin ended up moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting shortly after graduation, almost on a whim. She got her first big break doing “Days of Our Lives” from 2005 to 2009. Since then she’s been in several small films, a Lifetime movie, and has appeared on shows like “Summerland,” “Castle” and “8 Simple Rules.” She was Penny Pinchelow in “Dumb and Dumber To” and over the summer filmed for MTV’s “Awkward.”
Seven of the 23 previous Hall of Fame recipients were non-athletes and include former staff, performers and military heroes, said Jill Hanks, spokesperson for Tempe Union High School District. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees will take part in a barbecue and ceremony on Sept. 25.
Other inductees this year include Sam Ballard who in 10 years as head coach at Mountain Pointe had a 171-90 record, and Cameron Edens, a two-time player of the year in the Tempe Union High School District for golf. He holds school records in lowest scoring average for nine holes, lowest 18-hole score in a tournament, and lowest 9-hole score in a match.
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