Ruse Pre-Tournament Press Release

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On 21-22 November, Geo Milev English Language High School in Ruse will welcome over 200 students, coaches, chaperones, and judges from northeast Bulgaria for the second BEST tournament of the academic year. Students will compete in debate, public speaking, and prose, poetry, and duo interpretation, all in English.

This is the second BEST tournament of the school year. Teams will represent cities across central and northeast Bulgaria, including Lovech, Gabrovo, Dobrich, Varna, Shumen, Pleven, Ruse, and Silistra. We expect over 150 student competitors. We also expect a few special guests, including Scott Righetti, Fulbright Desk Officer at the U.S. State Department; Executive Director of the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission Angela Rodel and ETA Program Officers Iliana Dimitrova and Rada Kaneva.

After Ruse, BEST will host a third and final regional tournament in Montana on 5-6 December to finish out the fall season; then there will be a winter break before tournaments resume in February.

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.