Paddy Qiu, sr., and Mallory Kendrick, jr., pose with their trophy at the conclusion of the State Debate Tournament held on Jan. 16. (Photo by Steve Duarte)

Buhler’s debaters Paddy Qiu, sr., and Mallory Kendrick, jr.,  placed third in the 4A two-speaker event at State Debate, which was held at Fort Scott, Kansas, on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

“It was very different than what I was used to for the past two years,” said  Qiu. “At the competition itself, the breaks were harder since the top 8 teams broke instead of 32,” he said.

“Elisa Workman (soph.) and Cristina Thode (jr.) went 3 and 3. They lost to the eventual state champions,” Coach Steve Duarte said.