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Turlock native to compete on popular reality show

Turlock native to compete on popular reality show

Pitman High grad Ally Mello and teammate Ashley Covert make their way to the starting line on the new season of "The Amazing Race," premiering Sunday.

POSTED September 24, 2013 10:04 p.m.

When Ally Mello moved from Turlock to Southern California after high school, she knew she would have to race to achieve her dreams.

She didn't know, however, that five years later that race would be literal.

On Sunday, Mello will be making her debut on the popular television show “The Amazing Race,” where she, along with friend and teammate Ashley Covert, will be trekking the globe competing against 11 other teams in a  race for a $1 million cash prize.

Mello graduated from Pitman High School in 2008, and moved to  Southern California to obtain a bachelor's degree in communication studies from California State University, Long Beach.

“Moving down to Southern California was always my goal,” said Mello. “I made the decision to get my degree first and then pursue entertainment.”

In 2012, Mello became crew member with hockey team the L.A. Kings. As a crew member, Mello is responsible for representing the L.A. Kings organization at various events and appearances throughout the community, including charity functions, promotional events and marketing initiatives. Earlier this month, Mello announced that she would serve as the cover girl for the 2014 Kings Calendar.

Mello said that it was because of her opportunity with the Kings she was given a chance to audition for the part in “The Amazing Race.” 

 “It’s been really exciting,” said Mello. “On top of being a part of the show, I get to represent the Kings and that is definitely an honor.”

According to CBS, contestants in the 23rd season of the show will have to partake in a multitude of challenges including paragliding above Chile, ice diving in Norway, and racing Formula One cars in Abu Dhabi.

Although Mello said she can’t give up any secrets regarding the show, she did say that the show allowed her a chance to travel abroad, something Mello says she had never done in the past.

Despite all the attention, Mello said her heart still belongs to Turlock.

“It’s always great to come home,” said Mello. “Coming from a small town, I’ve learned that it’s important to keep your eye on what you do, follow your passions and make good choices.”

"The Amazing Race" is set to premiere at 9 p.m. Sunday on CBS.



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