Stara Zagora Tournament Press Release

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STARA ZAGORA HOSTS THE FIRST BEST TOURNAMENT OF THE SEASON

On 14-15 November, Romain Rolland Foreign Language High School in Stara Zagora will welcome over 200 students, coaches, chaperones, and judges from all over southern Bulgaria for the first BEST tournament of the 2015-2016 season. The tournament will start on Saturday morning and end Sunday afternoon. Students will compete in debate, public speaking, and other performing arts, all in English.

This will be the first BEST tournament of the school year, and the first-ever regional BEST tournament. BEST has invited schools from cities across southern Bulgaria, including Plovdiv, Pazardzhik, Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Dimitrovgrad, Haskovo, Sliven, Smolyan, and of course, Stara Zagora. BEST managing director Anna Fuselier said she is surprised and pleased by the expected turnout, given that the tournament is regional rather than national. “We projected between 100-150 students, and we’re expecting at least 160, including several teams from schools who have never participated in our tournaments before,” she said. “We are so excited by this level of growth so early in the year.”

After Stara Zagora, BEST will hold tournaments in seven additional Bulgarian cities throughout the fall and spring, including the upcoming tournament in Ruse on 21-22 November.

About The BEST Foundation
BEST stands for Bulgarian English Speech and Debate Tournaments. Established in 2013, BEST provides the English-language learners of Bulgaria an opportunity to come together and pursue personal growth through English language speech and debate. BEST aims to empower students to think critically, express themselves creatively, and create a dynamic community that truly cares about the success and the future of Bulgaria.