CHS Bonfire

About CHS Bonfire

CHS Bonfire is the official student-produced medium of news and information created by Cody High School students. CHS Bonfire has been established as a designated public forum for student editors to inform and educate, as well as provide and encourage the free exchange of ideas.

Students participating in journalism courses at Cody High School receive a real-world learning experience by creating high-quality, student led publications shared with the school and world. Students are given the opportunity to act as real journalists and learn through experience to improve their journalistic skills.

The Cody High School student newspaper, formerly known as The Bronc Bit, has been producing issues since the 1930s. In 1991 The Bronc Bit was threatened with cancellation, but Mike Riley, an English and Photography teacher, volunteered to ensure the newspaper was kept alive. His students changed the name to The Equus and won their first All State Award in 1995 with Karen Tovey as editor. The first Wyoming High School Journalist of the Year from CHS was Jeni Deery in 1997.

Mike Riley started the broadcast program in 1997 after KYDZ, a student radio station, was terminated. Student productions since then have won numerous national awards through the Journalism Education Association, the Freedom Forum, and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Awards for High School Journalism. In 2004, William Fech became the first Broadcast student to win Wyoming’s High School Journalist of the Year Award.

In 2005 Riley passed the newspaper onto a new advisor, Vin Cappiello, whose staff won nine consecutive state awards in 3A schools before he left CHS to become editor of The Cody Enterprise. The Equus then went under the advisement of Ashley Stevenson, who left CHS after one year. Mike Riley then returned to advise the paper in 2016, when he moved it to the online publication, CHS Bonfire, and advised the staff until the Spring of 2018.  

The Student News Site of Cody High School
About CHS Bonfire