2003 Capitol High 2003 valedictorian Harry Bradley III | Entertainment/Life

If following the same career path for life is a mid-20th-century concept, Harry Bradley III is a 21st-century guy. But moving from medicine to the military is working for Capitol High School valedictorian of 2003.

When you were in high school, was valedictorian something you aspired to? If so, what study habits did you use to get the best possible grades?

I made a conscious attempt. When I got there, I made sure I was up to date with my grades. I made a point of keeping in touch with my teachers, all the while being a student-athlete. (Bradley earned a football scholarship to the University of Louisiana Monroe and also competed in wrestling, basketball, and track.) But I didn’t want to be mediocre. … As a competitor, I wanted to be number 1.

How big was your achievement to be valedictorian?

It was an honor. My cousin graduated in 1999 and was valedictorian of the same school. We were also in competition. It was like I carried on the tradition in the family.

Have you obtained one or more university degrees? If so, please describe.

Bachelor in Kinesiology and Exercise Science at ULM

Master’s Degree in Exercise Science with a Concentration in Cardiac Rehabilitation at ULM

What was your first job and how has your career evolved to date?

After an internship at West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, they offered me a job at their wellness center and I quickly became the medical program’s fitness manager. I wanted to move back to Baton Rouge, so I got a position as an exercise specialist at Louisiana Cardiology Associates.

I wanted to do something a little different so I joined the military (in 2015). I am currently in the Louisiana National Guard. I am a Captain and my MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) is a Military Intelligence Officer. I still work for the Louisiana National Guard, but not as an intelligence officer. I work in the human resources department.

Is your career where you expected or expected it to be 20 years ago?

No. I never thought I’d be in the army. I don’t regret that part.

Describe your family.

I married Kenesha Bradley 12 years ago. We have three children: Sydney, 6, and twins Harry IV and Harrison, 4.

What are your future career goals?

I want to make a colonel. The path I’m on now should be fine to do that as long as I meet all the educational requirements in the military that I have to. As for the civil educational side, I already have what I need to keep moving forward.

Short term goals: Next it would be important and move on to be battalion operations officer or battalion executive officer and after that hopefully become battalion commander and see where I go from there.

Interested in learning more about Louisiana’s Class of 2003 Speakers? Take a look at our getting started story here.

2003 Capitol High 2003 valedictorian Harry Bradley III | Entertainment/Life

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