By Ernest Chomicki,BT Forensics/Debate Coach
When one thinks of Milwaukee Public Schools that have attained excellence, one needs to include Bradley Tech High School in this conversation. Last year, at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Bradley Tech was one of only TWO schools in MPS and the entire State of Wisconsin to have a student place in the top five in Any category there. Khari Pleas-Carnie took 4th place in Storytelling, having been the top student in the nation going into finals. Khari beat out 262 students from across the United States, Morocco, China and Mexico, and had advanced to elimination rounds in THREE of his four events! And continues to be successful in Debate this season, having received his half bid to state.
Speaking of Debate, Bradley Tech is one of only FOUR MPS schools to have guaranteed students who have qualified for the Wisconsin State Debate Tournament in January. (The other three are Rufus King, Ronald Reagan, and Golda Meir). However, unlike the other three, Tech’s Debate Team has some bragging rights on the National level already. Michael Smith Jr. competed at the Glenbrooks tournament in November, and advanced to Octofinals (top 15) in the tournament, beating out students from Iowa, New York, California, Illinois, and Minnesota, just to name a few. And Khari, competing on the speech side of things, took 28th in Humorous Interpretation, just missing the cutoff for Quarterfinals by ONE POINT! Michael was one of only a handful of students from Wisconsin to advance to elimination rounds at this tournament. The season is not over as there are still 4 other students with half bids to State trying to qualify as well as eager kids still in the hunt for excellence. And that is what Bradley Tech High School is all about.