The Buffalo High School Forensics team traveled to Rock Springs March 14-16 for the Wyoming High School Forensics Association State (WHSFA) Tournament at Western Wyoming Community College.
The State Tournament is one of the largest tournaments of the year, with nearly 400 entries from 33 different schools.
The BHS Lincoln/Douglas Debate contingent had an extremely successful weekend. First year debaters Mark Carranza and Nicholas Henry were only one win away from breaking into the elimination rounds, which is impressive considering the size and depth of the debate pool.
Brianna Taylor and Cody Giles did advance in octo-finals where each faced experienced debaters from the 4A schools.
Taylor ended up in 9th place overall, but brought home the third-place trophy in 3A.
Giles defeated a debater from Green River and then won the next two rounds against Cheyenne South and Cheyenne East to go to the finals against a debater from Green River. He won the round to take the overall Wyoming State Champion title as well as the 3A State Champion title.
Giles also finished 7th overall and 2nd in 3A in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Giles was also honored with the WHSFA Ambassador Award.
In Congressional Debate, Brianna Taylor was judged to be among the top competitors in her chamber but wound up tied at the end of preliminary competition and missed advancing to the final round by a tie-breaker.
Coach Walter Farwell said, “We are very excited to have another State Champion in LD Debate, and this is a particular honor because in forensics we compete against everyone, all divisions, so the State Champion is an overall title as well as a division title. We are proud of Cody , and he has worked so hard, it is nice to see it all pay off for him. We hope to have the same kind of success at the National Qualifier in a few weeks.”