Apodaca enters Marines
Melissa Apodaca, a 2008 Chugiak High graduate, completed basic training with the United States Marine Corps at Parris Island, South Carolina on May 24. Apodaca, who has resided and trained at the United States Olympic training camps in both Colorado and Michigan since graduating from Chugiak, joined the Marines in March and plans to wrestle as their only female wrestler.
Following basic training, Apodaca returned to Chugiak for one week this spring — just long enough to shoot her first black bear. She is now attending Advanced Individualized Training in North Carolina.