Friends and family recognized a milestone achievement for one local naval sea cadet on Sunday afternoon.
Elissa Nott officially became appointed to the position of Chief Petty Officer. That is the highest rank possible for a cadet within the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps prepares young people for life in the Navy or Marines.
Most cadets spend years trying to earn the rank of Chief Petty Officer. An 18-year-old Aquinas senior, Nott earned the rank in only three and a half years.
"It's definitely a very big honor. I feel very blessed to have been given this opportunity," Nott said. "Like I said, I would not have been able to be here without the support I've received from my unit. My unit has been a huge support system, so I'm very, very blessed to be able to be a Chief. "
Nott hopes to become a Marine Corps Officer one day. She said her new rank will giver her valuable firsthand experience to prepare for that position.
Nott is the only Chief Petty Officer among the four U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps divisions within the state of Wisconsin.