Meghan Burnett graduated from Wakefield Memorial High School in the spring of 2018 and tragically passed away shortly after. As an active student, there is no one who could question how dynamic of a young lady she was at WMHS and beyond. She was a trumpet Section Leader in the marching band, she played the viola and was a member of the wind ensemble, she was a diversity leader, a figure skater, a National Honor Society Member and the Tri-M Honor Society for Music, part of the foreign exchange program, and of course an avid fast-pitch softball star. She was a multi-year captain of the WHS Softball team, Middlesex All Star, trained year-round at Planet Fastpitch and competed all over the Northeast for Junior Olympic ASA programs such as Northeast Hurricanes and the EMASS Panthers.
The word “INSPIRATIONAL” was chosen as one word to describe Meghan by her coach, her mentor and dear friend Tom Purcell. To be inspirational is to lead by example and encourage others to feel there is something worthwhile in them, something to aspire to become or achieve. This was Meghan Burnett. She had a phenomenal passion for everything she did, she put her heart into everything full force. She helped others feel good about themselves with a huge smile and a huge personality. Her ability to engage people, to teach and to inspire came naturally to Meghan. Whether she was playing the trumpet, teaching a young girl to pitch, or helping a friend when they were feeling down – she did so with her positive encouragement. She was in her element and shined brightest when she was able to lead by example and teach others who wanted to grow. She led with kindness, respect, love and a contagious enthusiasm that made others feel welcome. Meghan was a walking example of acceptance. She brought out the best in everyone she touched. She lived a life of purpose, a life well lived, and was a young lady we will never forget. The Meghan Burnett Foundation has been created to raise awareness of the importance of living a life as full and special as Meghan did. Through donations and fundraising events, the Foundation will be able to award scholarships to those who lived like Meghan, as well as support programs she loved.
About the Foundation
The Meghan Burnett Foundation was established in 2018 to honor all that Meghan loved. The Foundation has the goal of enriching the high school experience through sports, music and travel while helping local students discover their own personal potential.
Donate to Support Our Efforts
When you donate to the Meghan Burnett Foundation, you are donating to support:
A scholarship fund in Meghan’s name as well as two others administered by The Scholarship Foundation,
Another Scholarship to a player in the Annual Softball Tournament,
An Annual Instrument Fellowship that will enable two selected music student(s) to upgrade their instrument to something they otherwise would not have been able to afford,
The Foreign Exchange program at WMHS to help increase affordability for participants,
Little League Softball,
The Annual Memorial Softball Tournament,
Clinics for both the High School and youth softball programs,
Sending WMHS Varsity Softball Team Coaches and Captains to the World Softball Coaches Convention in January,
Supporting the Softball Team at St Michaels College (where Meghan would have played)
The establishment of a regulation Fastpitch Softball field at Wakefield Memorial High School.
Donations can be sent to:
Meghan Burnett Foundation
c/o The Savings Bank
357 Main Street
Wakefield, MA 01880
...or can be made with the Paypal Button below