Story and photos by Roberto Taboada, CCSD Public Relations
Shiprock High School senior Melanie Secody has signed a letter of intent to play with the Northern New Mexico Eagles. Mandy Montoya, Associate Head Coach for Northern New Mexico College Women’s Basketball was joined by Secody’s mother, Melissa Atcitty, along with students and family members during a signing ceremony at the high school.
Secody says she started playing basketball when she was just four years old.
“I knew I was good at basketball. It is a sport that both my parents played. It helps me with stress and I decided to keep going with it,” said Secody.
Secody, point guard for the State Champions Lady Chieftains, is one of four New Mexico athletes that Northern New Mexico College signed recently.
After a visit to the college, in Española, Secody decided it was the right fit for her.
“It was a toss-up between the college and a couple of other ones, but I had a chance to visit [Northern New Mexico College], practice with the team and speak with the coaches. I realized how great of a school they are, and the players were supportive, which I’ll need playing in my first year of college,” she added.
Secody will study nursing at Northern New Mexico College.