A 2013 graduate of Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, RI, McHugh was a four-year letter winner in lacrosse and three year letter winner in basketball and tennis. A captain in lacrosse her senior year, McHugh helped lead her team to its first ever appearance in the State tournament. She was coached by Tara McCarthy.
Amelia Joan McHugh is the daughter of Tim & Dawn McHugh. She has one brother (Noah).