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Havasu woman first in state to reach highest rank in 25 years

May 21, 2018 GMT

A Lake Havasu City woman recently was honored after becoming the fourth Sea Scout Quartermaster in Arizona’s history, and the first to reach the organization’s highest rank in 25 years.

According to Sea Scouts Ship 450 leader Kathy Weydig, 20-year-old Joey Kasper is also the first Havasu resident to receive such an honor this January, and was recognized at a May 12 awards ceremony at the London Bridge Yacht Club.

Quartermaster is a difficult rank for a Sea Scout to achieve, according to Weydig. An average of 20 Sea Scouts receive the rank each year, Weydig said. By comparison, more than 55,000 Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout (the equivalent of quartermaster), annually.

“I could not be prouder of Joey’s accomplishment,” Weydig said. “Earning quartermaster is much harder than earning the rank of Eagle Scout … I know because my son is an Eagle.”

At award ceremony, City Councilman Cal Sheehy issued a proclamation declaring May 12 to be “Joey Kasper Day.”

“In six years, the experience has been nothing but incredible,” Kasper said when contacted last week. “It’s provided me with a lot of opportunities. When I first joined the Sea Scounts I was kind of introverted … since then I’ve learned leadership and I’ve become more assertive.”

Kasper is now a sophomore at Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Michigan, where she hopes to earn her captain’s license in the U.S. Merchant Marine Corps.

“I went from going from having no direction to learning how to pilot a ship,” Kasper said. “It’s really exciting. I couldn’t be more honored and grateful. After so many years of community service, helping in the community and leading, it’s all come to this outcome … it means the world to me.”