Shumen Pre-Tournament Press Release

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Nikola Vaptsarov FLHS to Host Fall Speech and Debate Tournament

On 10-11 December 2016, Nikola Yonkov Vaptsarov Foreign Languages High School in Shumen will host a BEST tournament – a first for the school, as well as for the city. Students will compete in five events: English-language Debate, Poetry and Prose performance, Duo Interpretation, and Original Oratory. BEST expects the Shumen tournament to be our largest-ever regional tournament.

The Shumen tournament will be BEST’s 18th tournament and the second in the 2016-2017 school year. The tournament is open to English-language speech and debate teams across the country, but targets schools located in the Eastern Region. Over 300 students from all over Bulgaria will attend.

The tournament will be the second of two fall regional tournaments. The first took place in Vratsa on 19-20 November, with 179 students in attendence. BEST will also host four tournaments in during the Spring semester: two regional tournaments, a National tournament, and a U.S. Qualifier.

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. We provide a platform for English-language speech and debate domestically and send Bulgarian students abroad to compete internationally.