Three students from Buffalo High School traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts to Harvard University earlier this month to participate in the 39th annual Harvard National Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament.
Cody Giles, Andee Schueler and Shaya Wolf participated in, and did very well at the tournament, according to BHS Forensics Coach Walter Farwell.
He said getting to participate in the tournament is quite an accomplishment.
Giles competed in Extemporaneous Speaking and missed the cut for the elimination rounds by a single point.
Schueler and Wolf competed as a team in Public Forum Debate and missed the Elimination rounds by a tie-breaker.
These kids, Farwell said, have placed very high at most tournaments this year. The team as a whole does very well, but these kids consistently perform well and the idea was to give them invaluable experience in a large tournament should they qualify for the National Tournament.
Farwell is in his 20th year coaching Forensics at Buffalo High School and has had a number of students move on to finish very high in the National and International rankings at the collegiate level.
His focus is not to win championships but to improve the individual.
Winning, he said, is a side-effect of the kids' hard work and energy coupled with what they learn from the coaches.