Post-showcase press release

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On 27 May, the BEST Foundation hosted its third annual Showcase of student performances at the G8 Cinema in Sofia. It was a joyous evening celebrating a very successful 2016-2017 tournament season and especially our talented and dedicated students. Over 80 guests attended the event and helped raise approximately 700 BGN to support student scholarships and tournament costs.

The Showcase highlighted student performances from tournaments this past year, including four students who will travel to Birmingham, Alabama, USA in June 2017 to compete in the National Speech and Debate Association tournament, the largest speech and debate tournament in the world.Among our honored guests were members of the Sofia Debate Association, Natalia Miteva of the America for Bulgaria Foundation, and members of the CORPluS organization. We were also joined by Fulbright/America for Bulgaria English Teaching Assistants who serve as coaches for our teams, former competitors and BEST alumni, and volunteer tournament judges. We would like to thank our partners at The Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission, the America for Bulgaria Foundation, and the US Embassy for their continued support throughout the years, as well as helping us make this tournament season our biggest yet!

The BEST Foundation will host six English language speech and debate tournaments during the 2017-2018 school year, of which four regional tournaments, one national tournament, and one US Qualifier tournament at the American University in Bulgaria.