Wedel, an incoming senior from Monmouth Beach, was given the medal on Monday morning by Congressman Frank Pallone (D-6) at his Broadway office in Long Branch.
"Congratulations on all you've done, it's really unbelievable," Pallone said.
To earn a Congressional Award, Wedel set and achieved goals in four program areas; voluntary public service, physical fitness, personal development and expedition/exploration.
Wedel volunteered over 250 hours of community service to Sandy relief efforts, Monmouth Medical Center, and the local food pantry. She said her relief efforts included helping an 82-year-old man clean out his house which received flood damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Wedel also worked part-time at Caputo’s Bakery Shoppe, taught Sunday school, played on the Shore Regional soccer team and was a member of the school dance team.
She completed her expedition goal by planning a three day and two night trip to Deleware Water Gap.
"We did a lot of outdoor activities and learned about the culture of the area," Wedel said.
The Congressional Award is a public private partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize achievement, initiative and service in America’s youth, ages 14 – 23, according to a release from Pallone's office.
Wedel said she is already working on the Congressional Award gold medal while planning her future by looking at colleges where she hopes to study business.