Robin Booker, the parent of varsity teammate Zach, relays a story that conveys Melville's dedication. "A few weeks ago on a day off from school, I stopped by the Melville's home to drop off some cross country stuff. As I walked up the driveway I noticed the garage door was up. I figured David's dad might be in there tinkering on his boat. I was startled by, 'Hi, Mrs. Booker.' I turned my head toward the greeting and there was David pumping upright rows at the weight bench in the corner of the garage. This is what comes to mind when I think of him: going the extra mile and doing the most he can to achieve his goals. He has an amazing work ethic." His mom, Janet Melville concurs as she packs up and gathers the Northern tent, "He works so hard and he has since 8th grade." With a smile she says, "David studies and trains, trains and studies." His younger brother Benny, Northern Guilford sophomore, says, "he always motivates me and keeps me going."
When polling teammates they concur that David is humble. This comes as high praise for the athlete who defended his North Carolina 3A state championship in early November and then claimed bronze in 15:14 at the NXN Southeast Regional in Cary over the weekend. Melville continues a tradition of North Carolina boys qualifying for NXN by following Broughton alum Jeremy Brown who made it in 2014 and 15. Owen States, Northern Guilford 2018, says, "David is the guy who puts things into perspective. Even when he's winning all these races or placing really high up he's cheering for all of us and encouraging us. He's humble. David makes you realize it's not all about winning; it's also about being a good teammate." NGHS cross country coach Thanh Ngo agrees that Melville recognizes his talent "but he doesn't flaunt or boast about it."