Melissa recently earned her Gold Award by renovating the sensory riding trail for the Special Equestrians program. The sensory trail incorporates multiple activities that stimulate special needs students. Melissa created statues for the trail, a new magnetic board, a spinning flower and replaced their noodle hang. To have enough supplies to complete her project, Melissa contacted hardware stores and other retailers to donate the supplies she needed. Through this project, Melissa learned how to manage her time, money and supplies and learned the value of setting timely goals to keep her project on task. Melissa is the daughter of Roy and Nina of Birmingham.