|High School:||Linn HS|
Prior to Southern: Attended Linn High School and competed for her father, Tim in track and field. A four-year letterwinner in both track and cross country, she was an All-State selection in cross country her freshman, sophomore and senior years, while earning All-Conference and All-District honors four-times. On the track, Bower was an All-Conference and All-District selection in the pole vault, 1600m, and the 4x200m relay, as well as the high jump in her freshman season. As a sophomore she was All-Conference in the pole vault, 1600m 300m hurdles, and high jump, while being named All-District in the events, as well as All-State in the pole vault. As a junior she was All-Conference and All-District in the pole vault, 100m 200m, 300m hurdles and 1,600m relay, while picking up All-State honors in the pole vault placing second, as well as the 1600m relay (4th) and the 300 hurdles (8th). She holds the school record in the pole vault (10-3), as well as the 4x200m and 4x400m relays. Also a four-year starter on the basketball court at LHS, she was an All-District pick in both her sophomore and junior campaigns.
Personal: Undecided in her future major at Southern, Melanie is the daughter of Tim and Suann Bower.