Student Ambassadors

2016-2017 Student Ambassadors:

ani-dimitrovaAni Dimitrova – Student Ambassador from
Ivan Vazov FLHS, Smolyan

Ani was born and raised in Smolyan. This is her 3rd year in High School and second year as a BEST participant. Ani competed with Oratory last year since it is her favourite discipline. This year she thinks she will give Debate or Duo a try. Ani loves dancing and studying foreign languages. She used to be a rhythmic gymnast. When she grows up, she wants to be a psychotherapist. Her dream is to study in Denmark or Austria after she graduates from high school. Ani draws her passion and inspiration from her Tumblr blog. She has also devoted a huge part of herself to the Red Cross. Ani is a very cheerful and social person who likes tackling challenges and working in a team. Her soul could be described with three words: music, art and travelling.


blagovesta-neychevaBlagovesta Neycheva – Student Ambassador from
Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

Blagovesta is 15 years old and from a young age she has had a passion for art and self-expression. She describes herself as an artist who loves drawing, reading horror books and writing poetry in English. Last year Blagovesta moved to her new school and it was there that she found out about BEST. After watching some of her friends perform at a competition, she instantly knew that she had discovered the perfect place for herself.
“Going to new places, meeting new people and being inspired by so many of them is a wonderful experience.” So far, Blagovesta has participated with oratory and poetry in BEST tournaments and she is excited about the next one.


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Boryana Bogdanova – Student Ambassador from
Tsar Simeon Veliki Secondary School, Vidin

Boryana is a sixteen-year-old girl from the majestic Vidin, is currently in 10th grade. As an art lover, reading, painting, and performing are her source of joy and relaxation. BEST is important to her because it gives her the opportunity to perform, improve her public speaking skills, and make new friendships.

 

 


boyan-slavovBoyan Slavov – Student Ambassador from
Atanas Burov School of Economics and Management, Silistra

This is Boyan’s first year as a Student Ambassador. He lives in the small beautiful town Silistra. He is 16 years old and studies Accounting at Atanas Burov High School of Economics. His hobbies include travelling, swimming and diving. He enjoys reading books, listening to music and watching Bulgarian and American YouTubers. He also considers himself a movie fan as he likes watching movies as well as Fantasy, Drama, and Comedy TV Series. Boyan describes himself as a loyal, kind, responsible and friendly person. His goal is to be actively involved in campaigning for human rights. He joined BEST in 2015 and shares that his experience at BEST tournaments has helped him to better express his ideas and gain more confidence. Boyan adds, “I also meet really nice people and make new friends, which is great!”


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Daniela Hvarchilkova – Student Ambassador from

Sv. Konstantin-Kiril Filosof ELS, Ruse

Born in Byala, Daniela is a Student Ambassador from Sv. Konstantin-Kiril Filosof European Language School in Ruse. Last year she took part in the Duo Interpretation and this year she’s intending to try Original Oratory. She says that BEST provided her with a great experience and she is excited about the upcoming tournaments throughout year. Daniela enjoys spending time with her friends, doing sports and reading books in her free time. One of her other hobbies is travelling and as such, her dream is to travel the world.

 


dayana-stoynovaDayana Stoynova – Student Ambassador from
Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

Dayana is currently 11th grade at Romain Rolland Foreign Language High School in Stara Zagora. She describes herself as a cheerful, positive, and passionate person. Dayana loves art in all of its forms but photography and theatre are the ones she finds best. In her spare time she likes taking photos, going to the cinema or playing basketball. She feels that BEST has been a big part of her life ever since she was 9th grade. So far, she has only performed in Duo but plans to try something new this year. “I think that BEST is a wonderful opportunity for those who are willing to improve one’s language, make new unique friendships and travel a lot more than usual.”


ekaterina-pavlovaEkaterina Pavlova – Student Ambassador from
Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik

Ekaterina is a senior at Bertolt Brecht Language School. She was introduced to the BEST world by her former coach Ettie Nikolova three years ago and would describe her experience as one of the greatest in her academic life. She likes to keep her mind active and is an extremely versatile person, and for this reason often likes to be triple-entered at competitions. A huge fan of House MD and Game of Thrones, and a YouTube addict.
Last year Ekaterina was an ASSIST scholar at Fountain Valley School of Colorado. Apart from public speaking, she enjoys Science, Math and does swimming. In addition, her career interests fall in the Medical and Biomedical area of study.


elena-georgievaElena Georgieva – Student Ambassador from
Simeon Radev FLHS, Pernik

Born and raised in Sofia, Elena is 17 and currently lives in Breznik, or as she puts it “the Bulgarian Malibu”. It was there that she found out she had a passion for studying foreign languages and since then, she has been studying English, French, and Spanish. Last year, when she joined BEST, she couldn’t believe she made it to the Finals as for the past 4 years, she had been concentrating more on learning French and Spanish than on practicing her English. “I want to say that no matter what you study, what people think and say – you are able to make everything possible. There are no such things as limits for those who dream. Love you all and again thank you for that amazing journey!”


hristina-todorovaHristina Todorova – Student Ambassador from
Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

Hristina Todorova is the Student Ambassador from Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS in Lovech.
“BEST is a huge part of my life and thanks to it I met a lot of important people who made me the person I am today.” Her first coach was Claire Sagstuen and she was the one who inspired Hristina to join BEST and helped her become more confident. “She is the reason why I am still competing and improving with each competition and equally love all of the events.” In her free time she enjoys listening to music and using art as a way to express herself. She also likes to sing, read books and watch TV series which often leads to obsessing over fictional characters. In addition, she loves creative writing, photography and going on roadtrips with her friends.


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Hristina Tsonkova – Student Ambassador from

Acad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

Hristina is the Student Ambassador from Blagoevgrad. She loves going out with friends, listening to music and reading poems. “That’s why I love BEST. You can meet new friends from all over the country and have fun. Also, it provides you the chance to express yourself and to not be ashamed of who you are! And last but not least, no words can describe the feeling of being part of such a great community that is BEST!”

 


ivanela-sirakovaIvanela Sirakova – Student Ambassador from
Bertolt Brecht FLHS, Pazardzhik

Ivanela Sirakova is an 11th grader in Language High School ”Bertolt Brecht” in Pazardzhik and a dedicated member of BEST, who loves acting and performing in front of an audience as well as being surrounded with such lovely people as BEST’s Besties!
Ivanela is one really cheerful and easygoing person, who is always trying to spread positivity. Plus, her ambition and thirst for knowledge keep her constantly busy with different kinds of competitions and extracurricular activities. That’s why she accepts the responsibility to be an ambassador with all her heart, hoping that her extreme motivation, ambition, and hard work will totally inspire and energize her team for successful performances, accompanied with lots of laughs, new friendships, and unforgettable memories.
She is also a keen snowboarder, runner, and supporter of leading a healthy lifestyle, whose mind is 24/7 open for new ideas and perspectives.


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Ivaylo Trifonov – Student Ambassador from
Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLHS, Dimitrovgrad

Ivaylo is 16 years old from Dimitrovgrad. He has two sisters and one brother. His favourite season is spring. Ivaylo adds, “I love BEST because I get to meet with people who are smart and friendly.”

 

 


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Kristiyan Georgiev – Student Ambassador from

Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLHS, Dimitrovgrad

Kristiyan, currently in 10th grade at Ivan Bogorov Language School in Dimitrovgrad, is 16 years old and has been part of BEST since the beginning of 2015. He usually participates with Prose or Duo. He likes playing basketball and playing the guitar. In the future, he would like to become a surgeon or a graphic designer but also to be able to help BEST develop. “BEST gave me self-assurance which is awesome, but the reason I love BEST is that the people you meet there are just awesome. BEST is like a second home to me. The people there are my family.”

 


magdalena-dimitrovaMagdalena Dimitrova – Student Ambassador from
Aprilov National High School, Gabrovo

Magdalena is a student at the Aprilov National High School in Gabrovo. She likes to read, watch TV shows, and spend a lot of time in YouTube. Yet, nothing compares to playing with her amazing dog. “I love animals because I think they are the opposite of humans – they have the purest hearts and only animals can love you only because you love them back.”
This will be her 4th year as a BEST participant. She’s been doing Oratory and the reason she likes it is because it gives the students an opportunity to speak freely about the things they care about – something she finds difficult at school. For the same reason she also wants to try Debate. “BEST is amazing because it makes us use our brains and it teaches us to love knowledge in a fun way. Of course the people are simply the BEST.”
Her dream is to study medicine. This way she will be equipped with the needed knowledge to help as many people as possible.


magdalena-metodievaMagdalena Metodieva – Student Ambassador from
Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

Magdalena, or Maggie as most people call her is from FLHS Romain Rolland in Stara Zagora. This is her third year taking part in BEST competitions and her favourite discipline of all is Duo Interpretation. It’s the acting and being able to transform in different characters is what keeps her interested and involved in the BEST community. “BEST is a way to express yourself freely and firmly.”
Her hobbies include playing sports and making creative things, which are not necessarily always connected to art. She would like to study Graphic Design and/or Programming somewhere abroad. “I think participating in the BEST Competitions is an amazing way to improve all your skills – your artistic skills, English skills, improvisation skills and even being able to socialise because BEST can never be that great without its spirit and all the people taking part in it. I love meeting students from all around Bulgaria with whom we share so many common things. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without BEST!”


marieta-milushevaMarieta Milusheva – Student Ambassador from
Acad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

Marieta is a 12th grader in the FLHS in Blagoevgrad. “Apart from speech and debate I love exploring new things and places, reading and sometimes writing poetry, cuddling with my little bunny and overthinking mundane life situations.”
Her former coach, Athena Lao, introduced her to BEST and she joined quite reluctantly because she was afraid of failure. “Since then I’ve failed a couple of times (or more) but I’ve succeeded in becoming more educated and aware of the world around me, being able to express my views clearly and more eloquently, and last but certainly not least- I’ve succeeded in making plenty of new friends whose support keeps me going.”
Her dream is to hit the road one day and travel the world on her own because life without adventures is a scary prospect for her.


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Mihaela Popazova – Student Ambassador from

Peyo Yavorov FLHS, Silistra

Mihaela is a 18-year-old third year Student Ambassador from Silistra. She is studying German as a first foreign language and English as the second foreign language in Peyo Yavorov Language High School. Her hobby is drawing and she loves video editing and vlogging. Her first participation was earlier in 2015 in Pazardzhik with Original Oratory as a BEST event. For her, BEST is more than a competition – “BEST is a Family. We are all here to support each other and help others to improve their skills.”

 


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Mihaela Timofeeva – Student Ambassador from

Peyo Yavorov FLHS, Silistra

Born under the name of Mihaela and the sign of Virgo, she grew up in Silistra – a beautiful small town in northeastern Bulgaria. She attends Peyo Yavorov FLHS, where she studies English and German, and is currently in Grade 10. This is her third year as a part of the BEST family and first year as a Student Ambassador. “Never believed it would change me as much as it did!”
Apart from BEST, her interests vary greatly – from everything related to astrology and spirituality, to literature, feminism & social justice, and blogging.

 


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Niki Yonkov – Student Ambassador from

Aprilov National High School, Gabrovo

Niki was born in Sevlievo and when he moved to Gabrovo at an early age. He found BEST through his studies at Aprilov National High School. He has various hobbies such as downhill, swimming and athletics. He also loves watching action and adventure movies. Niki identifies himself as friendly and talkative. He has been connected with BEST for 3 years, and has gained much experience and have developed my communication skills, which fuel his dedication to BEST. “I really enjoy the moments in BEST.”

 


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Nikolay Petrov – Student Ambassador from

Petar Bogdan FLHS, Montana

Nikolay has been to two tournaments in the 2014-2015 tournament season and 6 tournaments in the 2015-2016 tournament season, including the US-Qualifier. He has won one first place in Oratory, one fifth and one first in Duo. He is very excited for this year and is very happy about being an SA as well. “I can’t wait for the tournaments and I can’t live without BEST!”

 

 


nilay-gunayNilay Gunay – Student Ambassador from
Nikola Vaptsarov FLHS in Shumen

Nilay Gunay is a fourth year student ambassador in Nikola Vaptsarov FLHS in Shumen. Nilay was born on 28 April 1999 in Novi Pazar where she was raised. She has gone to school there seven years, after which she moved to Shumen and started studying in the local FLHS where she found out about BEST Foundation. She has participated in BEST competitions in Lovech, where she was an Oratory semi-finalist and a Debate quarter-finalist, Pazardzhik, Burgas, Ruse and Silistra, where her team was in second place in Debate. Her favorite event is Duo because it is interesting to do and watch and even more interesting to prepare. She doesn’t have any plans for the future but that is yet to come.


preslava-ivanovaPreslava Ivanova – Student Ambassador from
Yoan Ekzarh FLHS, Varna

Preslava is 16 years old and is currently a 10th grade student in the 5th Language School in Varna, where she was born, raised and still living. Although her first language at school is German, English has always been a way greater passion of hers. That’s why she prefers reading books in English, mostly speaks English with her close friends and loves taking part in different competitions such as BEST tournaments. “But honestly, not one of all of these other competitions is like BEST. In just about two days on my first tournament in Silistra, where I managed to get to semi-finals in Original Oratory, BEST became my new passion. It was an opportunity to work as a team with some truly amazing people from my school and meet more just as interesting and intelligent people from all over Bulgaria.” Preslava loves spending her free time with friends. She’s a very ambitious and friendly of person. She is also a volunteer at Varna’s prevention club. Her further plans are to study medicine and one day become a neurosurgeon.


sofia-naydenovaSofia Naydenova – Student Ambassador from
Petar Bogdan FLHS, Montana

Sofia studies english English as her first language. She started participating in BEST tournaments as an 8th grader having absolutely no idea what was going on. But she realized that the community BEST was looking to create was what she was looking for. “Understanding people who are always ready to listen and give you freedom to be whoever you wanna be. Not to mention the friendships and bonds I think we all have made not only with our teammates but with other competitors as well.” She is looking forward to meeting new challenges and people this year as BEST tournaments begin.

 


viktoria-dimovaViktoria Dimova – Student Ambassador from
Yoan Ekzarh FLHS, Varna

Born and raised in Varna, Viktoria is studying at Yoan Ekzarh FLHS and is currently in 11th grade. In her not-so-humble opinion, her most distinguishable character traits are good-natured amiability, quickness of apprehension and positive outlook on life. As a versatile person, she has a wide range of interests. Among them are: art, music, learning languages, fashion, design and architecture. However, what she finds most enjoyment in is undoubtedly traveling, as it has broadened her horizons and taught her to embrace all kinds of dissimilarities. Respectively, her plans for the future include getting to know the world with her own eyes, becoming acquainted with countries’ unique culture, and pursuing a degree in architecture.
She was introduced to BEST just the previous tournament season, though to her it seems like ages since she first stepped foot in Geo Milev ELHS in Ruse back in November 2015 to present her speech. Apart from getting in out of sheer curiosity, her motivation to join BEST had been to simply overcome her fear of public speaking. Now she realises that, “thanks to the existence of the organization, she has immensely developed her command of English, her critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as making friends with incredible people from across the country. BEST really does bring more color and vivacity at Bulgarian schools.”
This is why her personal goal as a Student Ambassador for this year would be to get more people interested in it and to make sure it continues even after she graduates.


2015-2016 Student Ambassadors:

Anya Ganeva
Anya Ganeva – Student Ambassador from
Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS in Lovech

Anya Ganeva was born in Svoge, near Sofia, but lives and studies in Lovech and now is a part of the team of Lovech. Now is her second year of participating in BEST, she has done prose, poetry and duo and this year she is going to try oratory. She loves every single event she has attended and is looking forward to going to another tournament. She loves singing, reading and trying new things as often as possible; also, she loves her friends unconditionally. Anya is in 11th grade and dreams of studying Scandinavian studies when she gets to university.


ChristianaChristiana Dimitrova – Student Ambassador from
Geo Milev ELHS in Ruse

Born and raised in Ruse, Christiana describes herself as a cheerful and ambitious person who’s always ready for new challenges. She is currently a 10th grader in English language school “Geo milev” but her further plans are to study German law in the university of Heidelberg and to become a lawyer. She also loves acting and performing in front of an audience and that’s why she is happy that BEST gives her the opportunity to express herself. Outside of school, she enjoys reading books, playing volleyball, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.


DenitsaDenitsa Dimitrova – Student Ambassador from
Peyo Yavorov FLHS in Silistra

Denitsa Dimitrova is a first year Student Ambassador from Silistra. She is studying German in a Language School, but she spends most of her free time playing volleyball. Her hobbies include travelling, acting and writing. Because of her wide range of interests, Denitsa hasn’t planned her future yet, but she dreams of a journey through Asia. In early 2015 she became part of the BEST Family, participating in the Pazardzhik Tournament.
“If I have to be honest, I had no idea that BEST was going to be so important to me. The idea of participating came all of a sudden, but it completely changed my life. The foundation gives our generation the great opportunity to feel significant and there is no bigger motivation for self-improvement than that.”


Deya ADeya Argirova – Student Ambassador from
Romain Rolland FLHS in Stara Zagora

Deya Argirova is from Stara Zagora and she studies at Romain Rolland Foreign Language School. Deya’s first encounter with BEST was almost 3 years ago when it was still called BFL. Her favourite categories are duo and oratory.

Deya is very passionate about singing and loves meeting new people. This is her last year in high school and after she graduates she hopes she will continue to be a part of BEST. (Because BEST don’t mess!)


DimitarDimitar Popov – Student Ambassador from
Bertolt Brecht FLHS in Pazardzhik

Dimitar Popov is a student at language school Bertolt Brecht. He is born in Pazardzhik and is in 11th grade. He has been part of BEST since 2014 and loves it. The reason he joined was his English teacher Ettie Nikolova, his friends and the love of English. He loves music, playing the guitar, computers and sports. Being a basketball player for 8 years he is used to perform in front of many people and prove his qualities no matter what they are which is his passion and BEST is the perfect way to do that. Having the responsibility of being ambassador he is confident and sure that he will do the best way he can to represent his school and his teammates.


admin-ajaxEleslav Vasilev – Student Ambassador from
Zaharii Stoyanov WLHS in Sliven

Eleslav is a student, musician, actor and a Star Wars geek from Sliven, who was born in Plovdiv. His involvement with BEST leads back to the year of 2013 when he was eager to show his acting skills in duo interpretation with his partner. Engaging in such competitions made him realise the importance of communicating with other individuals. By taking part in almost every BEST event, he broadens his horizons and all the lovely people instill in him a feeling of self fulfilment and a desire to continue participating in these competitions.
In his free time, the lad would either train or play guitar. He would most certainly love to keep in touch with his loved one and send her gifts. His friends are an inseparable part of his everyday life and he enjoys making new ones. He enjoys acting and would love to star in a sci-fi movie when he is old enough. His favourite BEST events are Duo interpretation and Prose.


ElianaEliana Aleksandrova – Student Ambassador from
Peter Bogdan FLHS in Montana

Eliana Aleksandrova is a student from Montana. She is 11th grade in FLHS “Peter Bogdan”. She has been participating in the BEST tournaments for one year. She is interested in oratory and this year she tried doing debate but she couldn’t find a team so she will participate in duo and of course oratory. In the beginning she was very scared about talking in English but now she is more confident. Before BEST tournaments she thought that people are interested only on themselves but during her first tournament she saw how people who are competing can be very friendly and to give advice to each other. She also learned that not everything is about winning, it is about giving your best to achieve your goals and improve yourself.


Fanni GkagkouliasFanni Gkagkoulias – Student Ambassador from
Thomas Jefferson SELS in Sofia

Fanni Gkagkoulias is half Greek, half Hungarian, currently living in Sofia. A senior student in Second English Language School “Thomas Jefferson,” she is keen on acting and photography, an equestrian competitor and a volunteer in Erasmus +. Since she was introduced to Speech and Debate Tournaments by her mentor Alex Kieselstein in 2013, she’s been involved with BEST. In her spare time she travels. Her future plan is to work for a Non-governmental Organization and realizes the importance of learning foreign languages in order to break down linguistically and cultural barriers between countries. Fanni believes that BEST is a unique opportunity to improve one’s language and public speaking skills, making new friends and travelling around the country.


GalenaGalena Todorova – Student Ambassador from
Aleko Konstantinov FLHS in Pravets

Born in Lovech but raised in Botevgrad, Galena Todorova has been a part of the BEST Family for two years already. She has participated with oratory and duos which are her best-loved. Studying in FLHS ” Alek Konstantinov” Pravets, she is on her way to make one of her tremendous dreams come true. Galena has a desire of studying International Events Management in London and also to attend theatre clubs there. Being a cheerleader for 10 years, she had visited lots of countries in Europe and Asia and hadn’t had enough of discovering new traditions and cultures. Participating in lots of sports, school and international competitions she learned how to be respectful, responsible and creative. She hopes her role as a SA will be beneficial for BEST, her own experience and all new competitors ready to conquer the World, or at least BEST.


Ivelina Karadzhova
Ivelina Karadzhova – Student Ambassador from
Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS in Blagoevgrad

Ivelina Karadzhova was born in Sandanski, but now she is a student at FLHS “Lyudmil Stoyanov” in Blagoevgrad, where she studies German and English.

Ivelina is 17-year-old debater and member of our BEST-family since 2014. In her free time, she likes reading books and listening to classical music. She also plays the piano and is profoundly interested in Philosophy.


KaloyanKaloyan Kamenov – Student Ambassador from
Peter Bogdan FLHS in Montana

Kaloyan Kamenov is a student in 11th grade from Montana, studying in FLHS ”Peter Bogdan”. Being really interested in debate, he started having thoughts of participating with oratory this year as well, and it is almost certain that he will. Kaloyan is really excited about the upcoming BEST tournaments. Passion, strong will and positive energy fill him while performing and he is aware that being a part of such an organization guarantees him enormous opportunities for the future. While having free time, which is not very often, Kaloyan likes hanging out with friends, reading supernatural books or just having slow and peaceful walks among the nature. BEST Foundation changed his life entirely and taught him how to consider his principles much more carefully. He also learned that it is extremely important to never give up no matter what. Respectively his aims grew bigger and now he is planning his education abroad, hoping his strength will won’t let him down. The thing in which Kaloyan is most interested in international affairs but in the sphere of education. Trying really hard and putting all his hard work in BEST will never be in vain and eventually will repay much more.


Katerina StoyanovaKaterina Stoyanova – Student Ambassador from
Bertolt Brecht FLHS in Pazardzhik

Katerina Stoyanova was born in Deep South Smolyan, but grew up and still dwells in Pazardzhik – home of the Bertolt Brecht Language High School where she is currently a student. She first experienced the magic of speech and debate in 2013 when her awesome ex-coach, ex-BEST Team member, and currently sitting on the Board of Directors – Ettie Nikolova started the school’s team. A keen musician, artist and amateur cosplayer by night and a debater, student and code nerd by day, she claims that speech and debate have made school a much better place for her than it was before. Currently on her mission to rescue every cat on the Earth and bring BEST into the Bulgarian high-school curricula, she is thrilled to be part of the Student Ambassadors program and is already working hard to ensure her team has everything provided for the BEST experience (no pun intended).


Krisitiqn GKristiyan Georgiev – Student Ambassador from
Dr Ivan Bogorov FLHS in Dimitrovgrad

Kristiyan, or Kris, is from Dimitrovgrad. He studies at Ivan Bogorov Language School in Dimitrovgrad.He has been involved with BEST since the beginning of 2015.He is interested in making duos. Kristiyan likes playing basketball and playing the guitar.

His plans for the future are to become a surgeon or a graphic designer because he also can draw well. And what has BEST given him? He says that BEST gave him self-assurance and now he is not afraid to speak in front of large groups of people.


Lyuba TodorovaLyuba Todorova – Student Ambassador from
Thomas Jefferson SELS in Sofia

Lyuba Todorova was born in Varna, but has been living in Sofia since first grade (meaning that she doesn’t have the accent anymore). She studies in Second English Language School “Thomas Jefferson” and is currently 11th grade (hopefully she’ll also graduate it eventually). Lyuba joined BEST (formerly BFL) in 9th grade and for the past 2 years has been on almost every tournament (except for one-nothing personal, Lovech ;D)- her usual event is Duo, and occasionally (when her duo-partner gets too fed up with her) – Original Oratory. Apart from failing in Public Speaking, Lyuba is also keen on writing and runs two blogs, where you can read her short stories. She’s also a volunteer for the Bulgarian Red Cross Youth and has a small list of things to make her happy – climbing trees, chocolate, long walks, rock ’n’ roll music, good books, good looks etc. Her plans for the future include travelling, winning a Most Annoying Snapchatter with the Best Selfies Award, having a llama for a pet and kidnapping a world-famous author for using his big name and publisher to print her own novels and others.


Mihaela Popazova
Mihaela Popazova – Student Ambassador from
Peyo Yavorov FLHS in Silistra

Mihaela Popazova is a 17-year-old second year Student Ambassador from Silistra. She is studying German as a first foreign language and English as the second foreign language in Peyo Yavorov Language High School. Her hobby is drawing and she loves video editing and vlogging. Her first participation was earlier in 2015 in Pazardzhik with Original Oratory as a BEST event. For her, BEST is more than a competition – “BEST is a Family. We are all here to support each other and help others to improve their skills.”


NenaNena Atanasova – Student Ambassador from
FLHS – Pleven

Nena Atanasova was born in Pleven. She is a student in the Foreign Language School and has been involved with BEST since October 2014. She has been passionate about languages, Morganism and volleyball since childhood. Nena worked on several European projects with Lithuania and Turkey and still feeling passionate in exchanging experience with other countries .She dreams of one day becoming a teacher and inspiring children how to believe in their possibilities and be confident enough to achieve their dreams. Her wish is to combine her knowledge and experience in BEST in order to help her team to feel proud of their achievements at the competitions, namely to have fun .She is a futuristic person and she knows that her life has a deep meaning and purpose.


NilayNilay Gunay – Student Ambassador from
Nikola Vaptsarov FLHS in Shumen

Nilay Gunay is a second year student ambassador in FLHS “Nikola Vaptsarov” Shumen. Nilay was born on 28 April 1999 in Novi pazar where she was raised. Has gone to school there seven years then she moved to Shumen and started studying in FLHS where she found out about BEST foundation. She participated in BEST competitions in Lovech where she was oratory semi-finalist and debates quarter-finalist, Pazardjik and Burgas with Debates and Oratory. Her favorite event is Oratory due to the chance it gives to young people to express themselves and their different ways of thinking. She doesn’t have any plans for the future yet, because she prefers to go with the flow and live for the moment.


Nikolay Atanasow
Nikolay Atanasov – Student Ambassador from
Aleko Konstantinov FLHS in Pravets

Nikolay Atanasov is one of the SAs from FLS “Aleko Konstantinov” in Pravets. He is from Botevgrad. Nikolay participate in Best tournaments since December 2014.

His hobby is to travel and explore new cities or wild nature also he is interest in reading historical books. Nikolay’s plan for the future is to apply and study law and eventually become a lawyer.


Rosana PetkovaRosana Petkova – Student Ambassador from
Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS in Blagoevgrad

Rosana Petkova is an eleventh-grader at FLHS ‘Acad. Lyudmil Stoyanov’ in Blagoevgrad. She was introduced to BEST by her ex-coach Athena Lao back in 2013 and has been a keen debater ever since. As a typical Gemini, she is versatile, doesn’t like to get stuck with mundane tasks, and would often describe herself as a Jack-of-all-trades. It is sometimes a challenge for her to find like-minded individuals who are able to keep up with her relentless enthusiasm, chess-like maneuvering and contradiction between her personality traits. She likes to keep herself busy all the time and enjoys travelling, running and high-end fashion. A fan of Post-Impressionism and Pop art, Beethoven’s 5th symphony, and ‘Suits’. A proud owner of (or should we say proudly owned by?) three cats. Some her other passions include red wine, nail art, jazz music, the mountains, and everything Asian.



Stoyana Tomova – Student Ambassador from
Geo Milev FLHS in Dobrich

Stoyana Tomova is a student ambassador from Dobrich. She’s been a part of BEST for three years now. In her free time she enjoys literature and playing basketball. She’s done debate and usually does prose and poetry.

This year she is also trying duo. She loves BEST and is really excited to be a part of this organization.


Tihomir
Tihomir Kamenov – Student Ambassador from
FLHS – Pleven

Tihomir Kamenov was born and raised in the small town Knezha and has been living and studying in Pleven since 8th Grade. He is a senior in the Foreign Language School and has been involved with BEST since October 2014.

He has been passionate about languages and tennis since childhood and dreams of one day becoming a game developer and learning to speak German fluently.


Velina DimitrovaVelina Dimitrova – Student Ambassador from
Aprilov National High School in Gabrovo

Velina Dimitrova is a student, a full time professional YouTube fangirl and also a huge bibliophile. She lives and studies in Gabrovo, but she was actually born in Elena, a small, but really pretty town near Veliko Tarnovo. Velina moved to Gabrovo so she could study in Aprilov National High School and that’s how she found out about BEST. She got inspired after listening to the oratory of one of her friends three years ago. Velina took part in the events since the time BEST was still known as BFL. In her free time, besides reading books and watching YouTube, Velina likes to meet up with her friends, take pictures and draw. Her family, friends and her books are the most precious things in her life because they have influenced her and inspired her to always aim high.


VeselinVeselin Nanov – Student Ambassador from
American College of Sofia

Veselin is a senior at the American College of Sofia. He started debating during his sophomore year and since then he has practiced in an array of different formats, including British Parliamentary and World Schools.

Last year he was an ASSIST scholar studying at North Shore Country Day School in Chicago. Despite public speaking, he participates in school journalism and does Track. His interests are focused in the area of politics and education.


Yoan D
Yoan Dimov – Student Ambassador from
Romain Rolland FLHS in Stara Zagora

Yoan Dimov is a very cheerful student from FLS “Romain Rolland” Stara Zagora. He is very passionate about competing at BEST tournament and they take a big part of his life. The competitions have changed his life as they gave him the hope that there are many bright and young people among Bulgaria with the desire for change. Yoan is looking forward for the next year of competing at Duo, Prose and Oratory! His main Goal for the year is to Rock the stage as a Rock Star!