The Buffalo High School Forensics team traveled to Casper last weekend (February 1st and 2nd) to compete in the Mustang Classic hosted by Natrona County High School.
Thirty-three schools were in attendance, bringing over 600 competitors from around the entire state, and from South Dakota. The BHS team earned the Fourth-place sweepstakes trophy in 3A, missing third place by only three points.
Several individuals on the BHS team had outstanding results.
In Extemporaneous Speaking, which was the largest event at the tournament with 107 different students competing, two BHS seniors had outstanding preliminary rounds and advanced to semifinals. Mark Carranza missed the break to finals by one point, which placed him seventh overall. Cody Giles advanced to finals where he placed second overall.
For the second year in a row, Giles was able to break into finals in both of his events. In Lincoln/Douglas Debate, he was undefeated in preliminary rounds, beat an opponent from Cheyenne Central, and then was not able to defeat a second debater from Central. Giles placed third overall out 72 debaters.
Teammate Brianna Taylor had a successful run in prelims, winning three of her four rounds, and missed advancing on a tie-breaker.
Coach Walter Farwell said, “This tournament is a monster. The numbers actually are greater than our state tournament, so the competition is vicious. So to have these students do well is really fantastic. We are looking forward to going out of state to Rapid City and see what the South Dakota speech and debate pool looks like.”