Earlier this year, the National Sea Scout Support Committee selected Mercedes Matlock of Frederick, Maryland as the 2017-2018 National Sea Scout Boatswain, the youth representative for Sea Scouts across the United States of America
Now in August, the 19-year-old Sea Scout earned her new rank Quartermaster.
“It was a long time coming,” Mercedes said before the ceremony Sunday. “I’ve been working toward this for five years, so it means a lot to finally achieve it.”
Quartermaster is the highest rank within Sea Scouts, akin to being named an Eagle Scout within the Boy Scouts, except that it’s even rarer. Boy Scouts earn the recognition of Eagle Scout about five times more often than their counterparts in Sea Scouts become quartermasters, according to Joe Charlebois, skipper of Sea Scout Ship 59, the Frederick chapter of Sea Scouts.
She attends Hampton University as a Pre-Med Biology Major in hopes of gaining her M.D. PhD. to become a Pediatric Cardiologist and complete medical research. She was recognized for academic achievement by being placed on the Dean’s list. She is a member of the Hampton University Varsity Sailing Team, Biology Club, Chemistry Club, Pre-Medical Club, and MAPS (Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students).
Mercedes’ overall goal is to expand awareness and recognition of Sea Scouting and represent Sea Scouts across the nation in the best possible manner. Her goals are to broaden the program by increasing the number of scouts, connecting the youth leaders from all regions, and increasing awareness of the program using social media by developing content for the Sea Scout YouTube channel.
The source links have much more background information, including her determination to pass the lifesaving test.