Pernik Post-Tournament Press Release & Awards

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BEST Wraps Up Regional Tournament Season in Pernik

The Spring Northwest Regional was held in Pernik on 5-6 March, and it was a special tournament for so many reasons. The sixth and last regional tournament of the school year, it was also the largest, with 155 competitors from thirteen teams representing nine cities all over western Bulgaria. There were almost twice as many novice division competitors as there have been at other tournaments. And it was special because of the host school, Simeon Radev Foreign Language High School. Their students performed beautiful songs during the opening ceremony, and beautiful folk dances during the closing ceremony on Sunday; and the staff worked tirelessly to make the weekend run smoothly.

Thanks to the many judges, chaperones, and student volunteers who attended; thanks to the students who made this tournament both fiercely competitive and wonderfully supportive; and thanks to the entire BEST community for the past five months of tournaments. Now it’s time for two more! The U.S. Qualifier will be on 26-27 March at AUBG in Blagoevgrad; judges can sign up here. And finally, the National Tournament (likely to be the largest tournament in BFL/BEST history) will be on 22-24 April.

Here are the names of participating teams. You can view results below as well as on Speechwire.

119th School – Sofia
51st Elisaveta Bagryana School – Sofia
American College of Sofia
Ekzarh Yosif I Foreign Language High School – Lovech
Yoan Ekzarh Foreign Language High School – Vratsa
Lyudmil Stoyanov Foreign Language High School – Blagoevgrad
Peter Bogdan Foreign Language High School – Montana
Pleven Foreign Language School
Second English Language School – Sofia
Tsar Simeon Veliki Secondary School – Vidin
Yordan Radichkov Foreign Language High School – Vidin
Aleko Konstantinov Foreign Language High School – Pravets
Simeon Radev Foreign Language High School – Pernik

AWARDS

POETRY INTERPRETATION

Semifinalists

  •        Ralitsa Georgieva – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  •        Yoan Radev – Tsar Simeon Veliki Secondary School, Vidin
  •        Elena Trayanova – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  •        Dani Basina – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  •        Asya Velichkova – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  •        Radina Terziyska – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

Finalists

  1.   Stefani Chobanova – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  2.   Kaloyan Georgiev – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana
  3.   Vanina Vladova – Yordan Radichkov FLHS, Vidin
  4.   Veselina Balabanova – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  5.   Elena Nikolova – Simeon Radev FLHS, Pernik
  6.   Veselin Metodiev – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
PROSE INTERPRETATION – NOVICE

Finalists

  1.   Ana-Maria Markovska – American College of Sofia
  2.   Ivan Vaskov – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana
  3.   Gabriela Ivanova – American College of Sofia
  4.   Sofia Naydenova – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana
  5.   Kristiya Navushtanova – American College of Sofia
  6.   Nevena Tsarevska – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
PROSE INTERPRETATION – VARSITY

Semifinalists

  •        Viktoria Borisova – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  •        Alexandra Petrova – Second English Language School, Sofia
  •        Alexandra Dimcheva – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  •        Alexander Gerasimov – Yordan Radichkov FLHS, Vidin
  •        Yoanna Asenova – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana
  •        Iva Krumova – Second English Language School, Sofia

Finalists

  1.   Karolina Kostadinova – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  2.   Polina Evtimova – Second English Language School, Sofia
  3.   Denislav Blagoev – Yordan Radichkov FLHS, Vidin
  4.   Elena Trayanova – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  5.   Kaloyan Georgiev – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana
  6.   Alexandrina Naydenova – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana
ORIGINAL ORATORY

Semifinalists

  •        Bojidar Metodiev – Yordan Radichkov FLHS, Vidin
  •        Ralitsa Manolova – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  •        Karolina Kostadinova – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  •        Radina Terziyska – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  •        Svetoslav Mladenov – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana
  •        Ana-Maria Grigorova – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

Finalists

  1.   Preslav Vachev – Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech
  2.   Lyuben Truykov – Tsar Simeon Veliki Secondary School, Vidin
  3.   Boyana Atanasova – American College of Sofia
  4.   Veni Shiron – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana
  5.   Alexandra Petkova – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana
  6.   Dayana Baleva – Pleven FLHS
DUO INTERPRETATION

Semifinalists

  •        Ivan Vaskov and Valentina Goranova – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana
  •        Bojidar Metodiev and Vanina Vladova – Yordan Radichkov FLHS, Vidin
  •        Vanya Ilieva and Alexandra Petkova – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana
  •        Emilia Hinkova and Alexandra Petrova – Second English Language School, Sofia
  •        Eliana Alexandrova and Ana-Maria Grigorova – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana
  •        Rumyana Ivanova and Monica Andreeva – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

Finalists

  1.   Nikolai Petrov and Sofia Naydenova – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana
  2.   Neli Velichkova and Magdalena Tancheva – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
  3.   Melani Mihaylova and Alexandrina Naydenova – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana
  4.   Galena Todorova and Radiyana Mancheva – Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets
  5.   Veronika Glojeva and Nia Ivanova – Second English Language School, Sofia
  6.   Alexandrina Andonova and Antonia Rusalieva – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE

Finalists                             

  1.   Stoyan Trenchev, Kamen Velichkov and Simeon Mihaylov – American College of Sofia
  2.   Lyubomir Donchev, Iva Velcheva and Rada Pavlova – American College of Sofia

Runners-up

3.  Karolina Kostadinova, Viktor Stoilov and Nansi Dasheva – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
4.  Gabriela Ivanova, Kristiya Navushtanova and Boyana Atanasova – American College of Sofia

Individual Speaker Award
Viktor Stoilov – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

Sportsmanship Award
Stoyan Trenchev, Kamen Velichkov and Simeon Mihaylov – American College of Sofia

TEAM AWARDS

Small School Division (11 and fewer participants)

American College of Sofia

Large School Division (more than 11 participants)

Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad