Melissa Mills, a 2014 senior at Grace Christian Academy in Bainbridge, signed a letter of intent to play college volleyball for Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla., on Tuesday afternoon.
Sitting in between her parents, Todd and Kim Mills at a ceremony held at her school, Mills was all smiles as she took the first step toward her collegiate volleyball career. A tall, dominant attacker on her high school team, Mills helped lead the GCA volleyball team to the Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AA state championship, which it won.
Melissa had played on the school’s volleyball team for six years, starting in middle school, said Coach Erwin Harrell, who noted Melissa had even played as a back row setter at one time.
GCA Athletic Director Tommy Yancey praised Mills for being “everything we want a Grace Christian athlete to represent”, saying she was dedicated to her sport, was a hard worker in the classroom, was a leader to others and demonstrated her Christian faith.