New Bedford native Malik Correia, AKA Mason Imperial, is the 24-year-old R&B singer who performed the national anthem at Fenway Park on Wednesday, July 31.
He sang with the New Bedford High School Show Choir years ago and then released his first single, “Be My Baby,” in 2017.

Imperial has applied to the bachelor’s degree program in the music business at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is currently waiting for an admissions decision.

Meanwhile, eight Girl Scouts from local troops presented the American flag at the same game. The girl Scouts represented the Freetown/Lakeville service unit. They are from four different troops, a mix of Seniors, Cadettes, Juniors, and Brownie. Katie Ashley, Elizabeth Ashley, Sarah Ashley, Gabrielle Ashley, Emma Williams, Savannah Amaral, Jocelyn Carvalho, and Charlotte Carvalho.

Photo credit: Crystal Cruz

Troop Leader Crytal Cruz explained the importance of this event.

The Girl Scout slogan, which has been used since 1912, is "Do a good turn daily." The slogan is a reminder of the many ways girls can contribute positively to the lives of others. One of the ways we can do that is with a flag ceremony, which can be used for opening or closing special events, like a Red Sox game! The Girl Scouts believe a flag ceremony honors the American flag as the symbol of our country and all the hopes, dreams, and people it represents. The Girl Scouts was founded in 1912-- the same year Fenway was built! We share many traditions with the Red Sox and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is proud to have the support of the Boston Red Sox through its featured Girl Scout Days during the regular season games as a member benefit to families, and extending invitations for our troops to present flags for the opening ceremony or participate in a pregame parade around the warning track.



Photo credit: Crystal Cruz

A few of the Girl Scouts commented on the experience:

“I love being a Girl Scout and all the exciting opportunities I get to do. I felt honored to present the American flag on the baseball field.” -  Jocelyn Carvalho, Senior Girl Scout


“I like that I represented the Girl Scouts on the Red sox field. It was extra special for me because my family members are red sox fans, especially my grandmother!” - Charlotte Carvalho, Cadette Girl Scout


“I felt special being on the field. And it was nice being there with the scouts and liked the food and dancing to the music during the game.” - Savannah Amaral, Cadette Girl Scout


Congratulations to Troops 80091, 76036, 72080, and 67017.