Sebenarnya menurut Melinda, dia dipilih mewakili Telupid pada Unduk Ngadau 2008 ketika berusia 18 tahun namun tidak dapat berbuat demikian kerana melanjutkan pengajian. Nampaknya penantian 4 tahun selepas itu tidak sia sia bagi Melinda Louis, keluarganya dan seluruh daerah Telupid.
"I didn’t expect to win this title as all the finalists are very experienced and beautiful in their own ways. However, this winning is a special gift to my district, first time winning the state-level Unduk Ngadau,” said Melinda.
“I was chosen to represent Telupid in the state level in 2008 but I did not manage to stand for my district because I had to continue my study,” said the second child of six siblings who took home RM68,800 worth of prizes.
|Runnerup, Fenney Doimis KK Unduk Ngadau|
Thrid Place, Meryl Foster Paladius Tambuna Unduk Ngadau