Students from MPS’ Ronald Reagan College Prep advance to NCFL tournament for the first time
Milwaukee Public Schools students finished in the national top 12, national top 30 and national top 85 in their respective events over the Memorial Day weekend at the National Catholic Forensic League tournament in Philadelphia.
Jhamalia Williams-Perry, a student at MPS’ Harry and Lynde Bradley Technology and Trade School, made it into the national top 12 for Dramatic Interpretation out of 240 entrants who were the best students at regional competitions around the country. Williams-Perry was both the city and state champion in the event this year and won 10 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies during the season. In addition, Bradley Tech coach Ernest Chomicki was awarded the distinction of First Diamond Coach this year by another national speech and debate organization: the National Forensic League. The award is given based upon the achievement of a coach’s students.
James Elias and Elias Payne, students at MPS ‘Rufus King International School, finished 30th in the nation in Policy Debate. The Rufus King policy debate team, operated in partnership with the Milwaukee Debate League, swept the southern Wisconsin qualifying tournament for another national speech and debate tournament: the National Forensic League competition held in June. King coach Stephanie King also earned the National Forensic League’s First Diamond award this year.
Ian Walls, a 10th-grade student at MPS’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts, finished in the top 85 among 233 nationally-qualifying contestants in Oral Interpretation of poetry and prose. He was the top performer in his category from the Milwaukee region and in the top six among Wisconsin entrants. Walls was this year’s city champion in Solo Humorous Acting and took 1st place at a tournament in Westosha.
MHSA/Harold S. Vincent High School coach David Powell joined his colleagues in being named an NFL First Diamond Coach this year.
And students from MPS’ Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School qualified for the NCFL tournament for the first time! Reagan has a promising young team – all seven students who qualified are freshmen and sophomores.
After their success at the National Catholic Forensic League tournament, many of the same students will head to Birmingham, Ala., later this month for the NFL (National Forensic League) contest.