Stara Zagora Post-Tournament Press Release & Awards

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15 November, 2015 – The BEST Foundation wrapped up its first tournament of the 2015-2016 school year at Romain Rolland FLHS in Stara Zagora this afternoon.

The competition began on Saturday morning, 14 November, and concluded on Sunday afternoon with an awards ceremony featuring a chalga (pop-folk) performance by our Student Ambassador Program Coordinator Jason Syphrett to benefit BEST. This was BEST’s first regional tournament, and we are so happy to be able to say that it was no less special than the larger national tournaments we have had, thanks to the warmth and enthusiasm of our host school’s staff, student volunteers, and BEST team; and of course, Jason’s excellent chalga singing.

Over 150 students came from all over southern Bulgaria and as far away as Shumen and Montana. Below are the names of participating teams, with teams participating for the first time underlined, and the list of awards; you can view results on Speechwire, as well.

Bertolt Brecht Foreign Language High School – Pazardzhik
Dr. Ivan Bogorov Foreign Language High School – Dimitrovgrad
Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov Foreign Language High School – Haskovo
Geo Milev English Language High School – Burgas
Hristo Botev Middle School – Devin
Ivan Vazov Foreign Language High School – Smolyan
Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov Foreign Language High School – Blagoevgrad
Peter Bogdan Foreign Language High School – Montana
Nikola Vaptsarov Foreign Language High School – Shumen
Plovdiv Debates Club
Romain Rolland Foreign Language High School – Stara Zagora
Zaharii Stoyanov Western Language High School – Sliven

AWARDS

POETRY INTERPRETATION

Semifinalists

  • Rali Manolova – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  • Elena Sotirova – Geo Milev ELHS, Burgas
  • Mihaela Kafedzhiyska – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  • Elena Trayanova – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  • Milena Ditsova – Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo
  • Asya Velichkova – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

Finalists

  1. Katerina Stoyanova – Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik
  2. Nikoleta Nikovska – Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo
  3. Katerina Gyuzeleva – Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo
  4. Militsa Ruseva – Zaharii Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven
  5. Ralitsa Georgieva – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  6. Veselina Balabanova – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

Highest-ranked novice performer
Simona Todorova – Hristo Botev MS, Devin

PROSE INTERPRETATION

Semifinalists

  • Nevena Tsarevska – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  • Ivan Mihov – Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik
  • Yoan Dimov – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora
  • Milena Ditsova – Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo
  • Alexandra Dimcheva – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  • Emil Nikolov – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

Finalists

  1. Viktoria Nestorova – Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLHS, Dimitrovgrad
  2. Stefani Chobanova – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  3. Karolina Kostadinova – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  4. Viktor Stoilov – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  5. Gordan Koev – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora
  6. Mihaela Kafedzhiyska – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

Highest-ranked novice performer
Nevena Tsarevska – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

ORIGINAL ORATORY

Semifinalists

  • James Mott – Geo Milev ELHS, Burgas
  • Kostantina Bainasheva – Zaharii Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven
  • Iva Keremedchieva – Geo Milev ELHS, Burgas
  • Krisi Kukoleva – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  • Gergana Nikolova – Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik

Finalists

  1. Todor Chergarov – Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik
  2. Veni Shiron – Petar Bogdan FLHS, Montana
  3. Alexander Venchev – Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik
  4. Karolina Kostadinova – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  5. Yoana Manoilova – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  6. Elena Trayanova – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

Highest-ranked novice performer
Radoslava Ivanova – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

DUO INTERPRETATION

Semifinalists

  • Nevena Tsarevska and Maggie Zlatanova – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  • Anton Manchev and Alexandra Guleva – Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik
  • Dayana Stoynova and Magdalena Metodieva – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora
  • Kamelia Nikolova and Adriana Petkova – Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik
  • Slavena Simeonova and Tsvetelina Encheva – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora
  • Viktoriya Keremidova and Ivanela Sirakova – Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik
  • Gergana Kozareva and Nadejda Chobanova – Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik
  • Alexandrina Andonova and Antonia Rusalieva – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  • Ralitsa Zapryanova and Ralitsa Zheleva – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

Finalists

  1. Neli Velichkova and Magi Tancheva – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  2. Todor Doychinov and Todor Chergarov – Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik
  3. Mario Mateev and Marieta Milusheva – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  4. Elitsa Argirova and Georgi Binev – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora
  5. Nikola Kirekchiev and Katerina Stoycheva – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora
  6. Silvia Dinkova Georgieva and Bilyana Peneva – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

Highest-ranked novice performers
Alexandrina Andonova and Antonia Rusalieva – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE

Finalists

  1. Nansi Dasheva, Karolina Kostadinova, and Viktor Stoilov – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  2. Kiril Karov, Milka Stoycheva, and Georgi Georgiev – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

Runners-up

3. Marieta Milusheva, Ivelina Karadzhova, and Mario Mateev – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
4. Janetta Jekova, Lina Ayubi, and Siyana Gospodinova – Geo Milev ELHS, Burgas

Highest-ranked novice team
Simeon Stoilkov, Hristina Angelova and Yoana Georgieva – Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

Individual Speaker Award
Iva Komsiyska – Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik

Sportsmanship Award
Miroslav Yonov, Dimitar Popov, and Spas Spasov – Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik

TEAM AWARDS

Small School Division (15 and fewer participants)
Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo

Large School Division (more than 15 participants)
Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad