Boston: Hanson’s Samantha Mewis Honored at State House Ceremony

Photo via State Rep. Josh Cutler. From left: State Rep. Kathy LaNatra, Rep. Cutler, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Samantha Mewis, Rep. Alyson Sullivan, Rep. Joan Meschino.

Photo via State Rep. Josh Cutler. From left: State Rep. Kathy LaNatra, Rep. Cutler, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Samantha Mewis, Rep. Alyson Sullivan, Rep. Joan Meschino.

 

At the Massachusetts State House, a ceremony was held for Samantha Mewis, a Hanson native and member of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.

Last summer, Mewis started for the team in the FIFA World Cup, including in the 2-0 Final win against the Netherlands. It was the second-straight World Cup title for the team and fourth overall, a record.  

Mewis says she’s grateful for the invite from Representative Josh Cutler. 

“Everyone in Hanson seemed to have believed in me before any of this happened. I remember my high school coaches and a lot of parents of my friends – they always seemed like they knew I was going to go on to do big things,” said Mewis. “I think that loyalty and early belief in me is something that really gave me confidence. It makes me feel indebted to them. I’m really proud to be from such a supportive community. I’m just honored to be here representing my hometown and state.”

Mewis played soccer for Whitman-Hanson High School and was recently inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. She scored two goals in the 2019 FIFA World Cup. 

“It’s awesome. We’re so, so proud of her and what she’s accomplished,” said State Rep. Josh Cutler. “She’s a real champion on the field, but also a champion off the field. I think that’s some of what we heard today. We’re just super proud and excited that she was able to come and share this moment with us.”

Rep. Cutler presented her with citations from the Massachusetts House and Senate along with an American flag that was flown over the Statehouse. She was also given a Congressional citation from U.S. Rep. Bill Keating’s office.

After the ceremony, Mewis got a standing ovation from those in attendance at the House Chamber.

“We’ve had a number of champions here, but I’m not sure we’ve ever had a real-world champion like we have with Samantha here today,” said Robert DeLeo, Speaker of the House of Representatives. “I was truly excited when Rep. Cutler called me and said we’re having one of the members of that team here. I was so glued watching this team.”

Mewis faced a lot of uncertainty before making the team, due to a knee cartilage injury. A tireless work ethic and support from her family helped make her dream of making the National Team a reality. Now, she’s hoping to inspire the next generation of soccer players.

“It’s an honor,” said Mewis. “It’s something that I don’t take lightly.”

“It’s come full circle, especially when I’ll be signing autographs after a game,” said Mewis. “I remember getting autographs from the National Team. To see the impact, the way it lights up someone’s face or when people tell me their grandchild, niece, or nephew looks up to me — I think that’s just this really cool moment. Knowing that what I’m doing is actually impacting people, hopefully in a positive way.”

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