AUBG Pre-Tournament Press Release

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BEST Foundation to Host International-Qualifier Tournament in Blagoevgrad

On 1-2 April 2017, American University in Bulgaria will host the third-annual US Qualifier Tournament in Blagoevgrad. Outstanding students will compete in two English-language speech events: Duo Interpretation, and Original Oratory. The first- and second-place winners in each event will be eligible to attend the American National Speech and Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama.

The tournament is open to students from across the country. In the last three years, 12 BEST students have competed at the American national tournaments in Kansas, Dallas, and Salt Lake City.

The Blagoevgrad tournament will be BEST’s fifth tournament in the 2016-2017 school year. The next and final tournament will be the Bulgarian National Tournament, held in Varna from 21-23 April. BEST currently expects of 500 students from across Bulgaria to attend this tournament.

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.