RESULTS: BFL February Speech and Debate Tournament!

Congrats to the 17 school teams that attended our second national tournament of the year! We thank all of the coaches, students, chaperones, judges, and staff that made all of this possible. Official press release out soon, but until then, here are the official results!

Participating Schools

American College of Sofia (Sofia)

Aprilov National High School (Gabrovo)

Baba Tonka Mathematics High School (Ruse)

Bertolt Brecht Language Academy (Pazardzhik)

Dr. Ivan Bogorov Foreign Language School (Dimitrovgrad)

Ekzarh Yosif I Foreign Language High School (Lovech)

Foreign Language School (Pleven)

Geo Milev English Language School (Ruse)

Geo Milev Foreign Language School (Dobrich)

Hristo Botev Foreign Languages School (Kardzhali)

Lyudmil Stoyanov Foreign Language High School (Blagoevgrad)

Nancho Popovich Math and Science High School (Shumen)

Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov Foreign Language High School (Haskovo)

Romain Rolland Foreign Language High School (Stara Zagora)

Second English Language School (Sofia)

Simeon Radev Foreign Language High School (Pernik)

Zaharii Stoyanov Foreign Language High School (Sliven)

Novice Oratory

  • 1st Place:  Stanimir Hristov, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 2nd Place: Emilia Hinkova, Second English Language School (Sofia)
  • 3rd Place: Yoana Manoilova, Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS (Blagoevgrad)
  • 4th Place: Lidia Kechidzhieva, Second English Language School (Sofia)
  • 5th Place: Katerina Stoyanova, Bertolt Brecht Language Academy (Pazardzhik)
  • 6th Place: Alexandrina Mitkova, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)

Varsity Oratory

  • 1st Place: Nadezhda Ivanova, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 2nd Place: Lazar Lazarov, Geo Milev ELS (Dobrich)
  • 3rd Place: Tsvetoslav Ivanov, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 4th Place: Maya Todorova, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 5th Place: Ana Mihova, Baba Tonka Mathematics HS (Ruse)
  • 6th Place: Yoana Kalomenska, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)

Novice Prose 

  • 1st Place: Viktor Stoilov, Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS (Blagoevgrad)
  • 2nd Place: Radost Petrova, Geo Milev ELS (Dobrich)
  • 3rd Place: Denitsa Petrova, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 4th Place: Viki Vasileva, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 5th Place: Alexandrina Mitkova, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 6th Place: Milena Ditsova, Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov FLHS (Haskovo)

Varsity Prose

  • 1st Place: Maya Todorova, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 2nd Place: Preslav Vuchev, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 3rd Place: Lambrini Yanakieva, Zaharii Stoyanov FLHS (Sliven)
  • 4th Place: Tsvetoslav Ivanov, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 5th Place: Dayana Pavlova, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 6th Place: Krustyo Ivaylov Kiosev, Geo Milev ELS (Ruse)

Varsity Poetry

  • 1st Place: Nikoleta Nikovska, Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov FLHS (Haskovo)
  • 2nd Place: Eva Emilova Spasova, Simeon Radev FLHS (Pernik)
  • 3rd Place: Tsvetelina Petrunova, Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS (Blagoevgrad)
  • 4th Place: Ralitsa Georgieva, Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS (Blagoevgrad)
  • 5th Place: Ekaterina Pavlova, Bertolt Brecht Language Academy (Pazardzhik)
  • 6th Place: Yoana Ivanova Doncheva, Zaharii Stoyanov FLHS (Sliven)

Novice Duo

  • 1st Place: Mihaela Kafedzhiyska and Alliya Molova, Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS (Blagoevgrad)
  • 2nd Place: Martin Tsvetanov and Yoan Dimov, Romain Rolland FLHS (Stara Zagora)
  • 3rd Place: Magdalena Tancheva and Viktoriya Borisova, Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS (Blagoevgrad)
  • 4th Place: Natali Ilieva and Yana Yordanova, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 5th Place: Nazmie Mustafa and Ivana Stoeva, Hristo Botev FLHS (Kardzhali)
  • 6th Place: Ivo Avgustinov and Stanimir Hristov, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)

Varsity Duo

  • 1st Place: George Baraktarov and Maria Dimitrova, Zaharii Stoyanov FLHS (Sliven)
  • 2nd Place: Maya Todorova and Kamelia Gazdowa, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 3rd Place: Roberto Dimitrov and Eva Emilia Spasova, Simeon Radev FLHS (Pernik)
  • 4th Place: Preslav Vuchev and Preslava Kostova, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 5th Place: Fanni Gkagkoulias and Veronika Glojeva, Second English Language School (Sofia)
  • 6th Place: Nikoleta Nikovska and Vasilena Kiose, Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov FLHS (Haskovo)

Novice Karl Popper Debate

  • 1st Place: Ekaterina Pavlova, Katerina Stoyanova, and Konstantina Geneva, Bertolt Brecht Language Academy (Pazardzhik)
  • 2nd Place: Stanimir Hristov, Milen Atanasov, and Ivo Avgustinov, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)


  • Rosana Petkova, Georgi Georgiev, Stefani Chobanova, Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS (Blagoevgrad)
  • Elitsa Stanimirova Daskalova, Demetrio Atanasov, and Milena Ditsova, Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov FLHS (Haskovo)

Varsity Karl Popper Debate

  • 1st Place: Veselin Nanov, Mihail Georgiev, and Iva Saramova, American College of Sofia (Sofia)
  • 2nd Place: Pavlen Avramov, Tsvetoslav Ivanov, and Vyara Iskrova, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)


  • Todor Stanev, Antonia Panayotova, and Nikoleta Vasileva, Hristo Botev FLHS (Kardzhali)
  • Angelina Kirilova Kircheva, Erkam Beyti, and Petko Petrov Stankov, Geo Milev ELS (Ruse)

Top Speaker Awards – awarded based on total number of individual points awarded in the entire tournament.

  • 1st Place: Tsvetoslav Ivanov, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 2nd Place: Preslav Vuchev, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 3rd Place: Maya Todorova, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • Top Novice Speaker (8th/9th grade) Award: Stanimir Hristov, Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)

Overall School Awards

  • 1st Place – Large School Division:* Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS (Lovech)
  • 2nd Place – Large School Division: Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS (Blagoevgrad)
  • 1st Place – Small School Division:* Second English Language High School (Sofia)
  • 2nd Place – Small School Division: Geo Milev ELS (Dobrich)

*”Large School Division” = more than 10 students on school’s participating team

**”Small School Division” = 10 or fewer students on school’s participating team

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