The Burlington County Women’s Advisory Council and the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders host an awards ceremony every year honoring women who have made a difference in the Burlington County community. The council annually honors women who have made significant contributions and have demonstrated support for other women through mentorships, education, law and community service, among many other subjects.
Megan Tumelty, a senior at Cinnaminson High School, is one of the recipients who will be honored on Tuesday, June 11 at The Merion in Cinnaminson. Tumelty will receive the Elizabeth Coleman White STEM Award and a $1,000 scholarship for her exceptional work with her academics and for her acceptance into the Villanova Women’s STEM Program.
“I feel honored to be getting this award,” said Tumelty. “I think it’s really cool that I get to go to an award dinner with all of these other great women. To be honest, I’m not really one to talk about all my accomplishments and everything I do. It’s a little embarrassing sometimes because I don’t really like the attention, but I know the hard work has paid off and I’m happy about that.”
Tumelty’s hard work has led her to be the top-ranked student in her graduating class. She is one of the few students in the nation to score a perfect score on her SATs and ACTs and is a member of the National Honor Society, Physics Club, a mentoring club called Cinnamentors, and is a member of the Class of 2019 Homecoming and Prom Committee. Tumelty is also a four-year Student Council treasurer, plays field hockey and runs track.
In addition to her school activities, she also volunteers at Voorhees Pediatric Facility where she reads and plays with children.
“It’s hard to fit everything in,” said Tumelty. “It gets really stressful with all of these clubs that I am a part of, but my parents have really helped me with it. They really taught me how to manage my time.”
“I like to volunteer and be a part of all of these different clubs because I like to give back,” Tumelty continued. “I really like to be involved in school and with my classmates. I’ve always been like this especially since eighth grade. When I was in eighth grade, I used to go to the high school for Honors Geometry for first period then go back to the middle school for the rest of my classes. That was difficult to get used to because I was the little kid that no one knew, but it really helped me and encouraged me to get involved with the clubs that the school offered.”
While Tumelty loves to be involved with her fellow classmates, it’s her passion for mathematics that has made her the right person to receive this prestigious award. Tumelty plans on attending Villanova University and majoring in mathematics and biology. She hopes to excel in this field so that she can do her best to help those through the medical field.
Those who want to attend the ceremony can purchase tickets on Eventbrite or go to the Burlington County Women’s Advisory Council Facebook page.