BEST Regional Tournament at AUBG and SWU, Blagoevgrad – February 16-17, 2018

On February 16th - 17th of 2019, the BEST Foundation hosted its third tournament of the 2018-2019 school year. 323 high school students attended the English-language speech and debate event held at the American University in Bulgaria and the Southwestern University in Blagoevgrad. This was AUBG’s third time hosting a BEST tournament, and they will also host BEST’s second international oratory competition, Balkan Voices, in March. Twenty-eight teams from sixteen Bulgarian cities attended the tournament. Students competed in five events: Original Oratory, Duo Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, and World Schools Debate.

BEST is especially grateful to the US Embassy in Sofia for their financial support, without which, this tournament would not have been possible. BEST would also like to thank Angela Rodel, Iliana Dimitrova, and Rada Kaneva of the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission for their endless support. Lastly, BEST would like to extend a special thank you to all the fabulous AUBG employees who helped with this tournament, including everyone at the Admissions office and Faculty office. In addition to being such gracious hosts of this tournament, they assisted every step of the way.

Below are the names of participating teams; you can view results on Speechwire, as well.

  • 119th School Akad Mihail Arnaudov, Sofia

  • 12th School Tsar Ivan Asen, Sofia

  • 18th School William Gladestone, Sofia

  • 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Akad. S. Korolyov Maths and Science High School, Blagoevgrad       

  • Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  • American College of Sofia, Sofia

  • Dr. Petar Beron Language School, Kyustendil

  • Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  • Geo Milev GPAE Burgas

  • Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  • Ioan Ekzarh FELS, Vratsa

  • Ivan Vazov Language School, Smolyan

  • Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  • Nikola Vaptsarov Secondary School, Petrich

  • Novi Iskar High School, Sofia

  • Otets Paisiy Secondary School, Samakov

  • Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich

  • PHSET, Petrich

  • Pleven Foreign Language School, Pleven

  • Pleven - Centre for Student Art

  • PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Professional School of Industrial Technologies, Panagyurishte

  • Thomas Jefferson Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Tsar Simeon Veliki SS, Vidin

  • Yordan Radichkov FLS, Vidin

  • Zlatarski International School, Sofia

AWARDS

POETRY INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Sofia Sahibudin - 119th School Akad Mihail Arnaudov, Sofia

  • Katrin Vilizarova - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  • Borislav Matsin - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Alessandra Ochipalska - Dr. Petar Beron Language School, Kyustendil

  • Sofia Kehayova - From Yordan Radichkov FLS, Vidin

  • Ivona Ilieva - 119th School Akad Mihail Arnaudov, Sofia

Finalists

  • Katie Krastilova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Mario Bogdanov - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Deniz Tyumbelekchieva - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Zara Zheleva - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Salvera Bali - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Julia Ivanova - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

POETRY INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Hristina Tsonkova - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Bojidar Petrov - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Antoniya Rusalieva - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Sherife Runta - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Elitsa Dimitrova - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Maya Peeva - Second English Language School, Sofia

Finalists

  • Georgi Petkov - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  • Stanislava Stefanova - Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich

  • Alex Todorov - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Tugay Selim - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  • Reneta Yakimova - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  • Dimitar Borumov - Akad. S. Korolyov Maths and Science High School, Blagoevgrad

PROSE INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Ralitsa Nikolaeva Nikolova - Tsar Simeon Veliki SS, Vidin

  • Beatris Borislavova Sashkova - Yordan Radichkov FLS, Vidin

  • Vili-An Doneva - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Petar Plamenov Dimitrov - Tsar Simeon Veliki SS, Vidin

  • Ivona Ilieva - 119th School Akad Mihail Arnoudov, Sofia

  • Pamela Tsvetkova - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

Finalists

  • Alexander Nikolaev - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Yana Hristova - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  • Katie Krastilova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Elena Kenarova - Pleven Foreign Language School, Pleven

  • Yanitsa Boykova Ivanova - Tsar Simeon Veliki SS, Vidin

  • Izabel Spasova - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

PROSE INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Rosi Halevacheva - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Kristiana Hristova - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Gergana Lilova - Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Kalina Krastilova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Berfin Yuseinova - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  • Desislava Hristova - Ioan Ekzarh FELS, Vratsa

Finalists

  • Alex Todorov - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Radina Beleva - Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Antoniya Rusalieva - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Bojidar Petrov - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Dimitar Ivanov - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  • Anastasiya Vasileva Dimitrova - Dr. Petar Beron Language School, Kyustendil

ORIGINAL ORATORY – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Sofia Sahibudin - 119th School Akad Mihail Arnaudov, Sofia

  • Tsvetomir Marinov - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  • Atanas Gyurov - Pleven Foreign Language School, Pleven

  • Tereza Todorova - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  • Aneliya Stanislavova - Zlatarski International School, Sofia

  • Slavena Medova - Ivan Vasov Langauge School, Smolyan

Finalists

  • Anastasya Lukmanova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Mariya Toneva - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  • Stephan Kozelov - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Iva Aleksieva - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  • Julia Ivanova - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Slavcho Balabanov - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

ORIGINAL ORATORY – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Miroslav Pehlivanov - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Patrisia Gospodinova - Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Vyara Stoyanova - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  • Christiyan Pechovski - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  • Aylin Bekman - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  • Alexandra Georgieva - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

Finalists

  • Georgi Paparkov - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Anastasiya Vasileva Dimitrova      - Dr. Petar Beron Language School, Kyustendil

  • Stanislava Stefanova - Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich

  • Reneta Yakimova - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  • Valeria Valentinova Angelova - Tsar Simeon Veliki SS, Vidin

  • Dariya Dimitrova - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

DUO INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Pamela Tsvetkova and Yana Hristova - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  • Marina Georgieva and Sofia Sahibudin - 119th School Akad Mihail Arnaudov, Sofia

  • Gergana Atanasova and Yolina Hristova - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  • Monika Raevska and Robert Yozov - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  • Asha Tiwari and Pavel Stoichkov - Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Ivalena Baeva and Stefani Vladislavova - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

Finalists

  • Alexander NIkolaev and Mario Bogdanov - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Alex Lazov and Julia Rosenova Zaharieva - Dr. Petar Beron Language School, Kyustendil

  • Aylin Ahmedova and Deniz Tyumbelekchieva - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Julia Ivanova and Lyubov Tabakova - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Emona Tsoneva and Ilina Nedoklanova - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  • Alexandrina Prosheva and Zara Zheleva - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

DUO INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Anton Velev and Dimitar Borumov - Akad. S. Korolyov Maths and Science High School, Blagoevgrad

  • Hristina Tsonkova and Alex Todorov - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Chana Djongova and Elitsa Dimitrova - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Mihail Karov and Antoaneta Popinska - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Mirela Grancharova and Alexandra Georgieva - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Gabriela Kosteva and Ilizabet Arnautska - Akad. S. Korolyov Maths and Science High School, Blagoevgrad

Finalists

  • Georgi Petkov and Nikolai Gaidarov - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  • Elina Blagoeva and Ralitsa Nedelcheva - Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Bojidar Petrov and Kristiana Hristova - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Miladin Peev and Tihomir Tsvetanov - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  • Alexandra Markova and Maya Peeva - Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Gergana Lilova and Vasil Tilev      - Second English Language School, Sofia

WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Finalists

  • Kristina Ivanova, Ivana Milovska, Emiliyan Andreev - Ekzarh Yosif FLHS, Lovech        

  • Kaloyan Tinchev, Pavel Stoichkov, Kosara Kiselkova - Thomas Jefferson Second English Language School, Sofia                                

Sportsmanship Award

Victoria Veselinova, Tereza Todorova, Iva Aleksieva - Ekzarh Yosif FLHS, Lovech

Top Speaker Award

Emiliyan Andreev - Ekzarh Yosif FLHS, Lovech         

WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Finalists

  • Krista Lazarova, Nora Antova, Nikol Mihova - American College of Sofia, Sofia

  • Yordan Georgiev, Alek Selveliev, Borislav Dragandjikov - American College of Sofia, Sofia                

Sportsmanship Award

Krista Lazarova, Nora Antova, Nikol Mihova - American College of Sofia

Top Speaker Award

Krista Lazarova -  American College of Sofia  

TEAM AWARDS

Small School Division

Dr. Petar Beron Language School, Kyustendil

Large School Division

PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

BEST Regional Tournament at Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven – December 1-2, 2018

On the December 1st - 2nd of 2018, the BEST Foundation hosted its second tournament of the 2018-2019 school year. 301  high school students attended the English-language speech and debate event at Zaharyi Stoyanov ELS in Sliven, the school’s second time hosting a BEST tournament. Twenty teams from fifteen Bulgarian cities attended the tournament. Students competed in five events: Original Oratory, Duo Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, and World Schools Debate.

BEST is especially grateful to the US Embassy in Sofia for their financial support, without which, this tournament would not have been possible. BEST would also like to thank Angela Rodel, Iliana Dimitrova, and Rada Kaneva of the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission for their endless support. They would also like to give a special thank you to Efrosina Kisyova, the director of Zaharii Stoyanov ELS in Sliven, and all of the teachers and staff members, for being such gracious hosts of this tournament and helping every step of the way.

Below are the names of participating teams; you can view results on Speechwire, as well.

Geo Milev ELS, Burgas
Sts. Cyril and Methodius Secondary School, Burgas
Goethe German Language HS, Burgas
Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLHS, Dimitrovgrad
Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich
Aprilov National High School, Gabrovo
Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo
Hristo Botev FLHS, Kardzhali
Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich
Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets
Ekzarh Yosif FLHS, Razgrad
Geo Milev ELHS, Ruse
Nancho Popovich MSHS, Shumen
Nikola Vaptsarov FLHS, Shumen
Peyo Yavorov FLHS, Silistra
Atanas Burov Economics HS, Silistra
Zaharii Stoyanov WHS, Sliven
Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora
1st Language School, Varna
Dr. Petar Beron MSHS, Varna

AWARDS

POETRY INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Finalists

  1. Teodora Stoycheva - Nancho Popovich High School of Maths and Science, Shumen

  2. Nataliya Gancheva - Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  3. Ana-Maria Antonova - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  4. Elitsa Vasileva - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

  5. Anna Bashkianova - Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  6. Svetoslava Georgieva - Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

POETRY INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Martina Georgieva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Tugay Selim - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  • Leda Milenova Markova - Ekzarh Yossif FLHS, Razgrad

  • Gabriella Yordanova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Nedelina Stancheva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Dayana Stefanova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

Finalists

  1. Stanislava Stefanova - Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich

  2. Maria Ignatova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  3. Momchil Dimitrov - Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  4. Berfin Yuseinova - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  5. Christian Georgiev - Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  6. Martin Simeonov - Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

PROSE INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Finalists

  1. Eva Dzhevizova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  2. Mila Petkova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  3. Teodora Stoycheva - Nancho Popovich High School of Maths and Science, Shumen

  4. Tereza Stefanova Simeonova - Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo

  5. Fiona Totten - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  6. Liliya Ilieva - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

PROSE INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Nedelina Stancheva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Mikaela Hristova Dundalova - Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo

  • Gabriella Ivanova - Nikola Vapzarov FLHS, Shumen

  • Tanya Stankova - First Language School, Varna

  • Kalina Hristova - Geo Milev ELS, Ruse

  • Angel Angelov - Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

Finalists

  1. Denitsa Balcheva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  2. Martin Simeonov - Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  3. Berfin Yuseinova - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  4. Vasil Siromahov - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  5. Stefani Angelova - First Language School, Varna

  6. Kameliya Hristova - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

ORIGINAL ORATORY – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Djeyda Nedjib - Nancho Popovich High School of Maths and Science, Shumen

  • Elitsa Vasileva - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

  • Yana Mihaylova - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  • Elisa Irza Alieva - Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo

  • Desislava Kyoseva - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

  • Katherina Nankova - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

Finalists

  1. Teodor Krastev Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  2. Fiona Totten - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  3. Mariya Toneva - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  4. Ilia Iliev - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  5. Isa Bazerbashi - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  6. Anna-Mariya Georgieva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

ORIGINAL ORATORY – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Yoanna Yordanova - Nancho Popovich High School of Maths and Science, Shumen

  • Simona Gyuzleva - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Teodora Miteva - First Language School, Varna

  • Jenia Kyoseva - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

  • Stefani Angelova - First Language School, Varna

  • Yoana Angelova - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

Finalists

  1. Martin Kyuchukov - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  2. Nicole Ivanova - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  3. Kamelia Peykova - Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  4. Zhenya Marcheva - Peyo Yavorov, Silistra

  5. Stanislava Stefanova - Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich

  6. Debora Mihaleva - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

DUO INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Finalists

  1. Eva Dzhevizova and Mila Petkova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  2. Lora Yordanova and Natalia Simeonova - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  3. Korina Koleva and Simona Krasteva - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  4. Raya Emilova Demireva and Simona Ayvazova - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

  5. Vyara Peneva and Maria Hristova - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  6. Maria Kyoseva and Viktoria Atanasova - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

DUO INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Nikolay Nedyalkov and Teodora Atanasova - Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  • Margarita Taneva and Diana Dimitrova - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Ivayla Usheva and Stilyana Mineva - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Christian Georgiev and Nataliya Gancheva - Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  • Ralica Petkova and Debora Mihaleva - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Velislava Yovkova and Victoria Djambazova - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

Finalists

  1. Stela Miteva and Tia Kaisheva - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  2. Angelo Madjarski and Martin Simeonov - Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  3. Keti Hristova and Niden Mladenov - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  4. Kristina Baleva and Reneta Georgieva - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  5. Boryana Simeonova and Yoanna Chenalova - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  6. Nevena Mileva and Nicole Mihaylova - Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Finalists

  1. Dimana Georgieva, Renet Ruseva and Angelo Chizcussu - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

  2. Ekaterina Osipova, Iva Grigorova and Anastasiya Popshtereva - First Language School, Varna

Sportsmanship Award

Ekaterina Osipova, Iva Grigorova and Anastasiya Popshtereva - First Language School, Varna

Top Speaker Award

Angelo Chizcussu - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Finalists

  1. Mila Nacheva, Kalina Hristova and Niya Ivanova - Geo Milev ELS, Ruse

  2. Ivaylo Dimitrov, Asen Dotsinski and Georgi Demirov - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

Sportsmanship Award

Ivaylo Dimitrov, Asen Dotsinski and Georgi Demirov - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

Top Speaker Award

Kancho Atanasov - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

TEAM AWARDS

Small School Division

Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

Large School Division

Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

BEST Regional Tournament at Yoan Ekzarh FLHS, Vratsa – November 17-18, 2018

On the 17th - 18th of November 2018, the BEST Foundation hosted its first tournament of the 2018-2019 school year. 282  high school students attended the English-language speech and debate event at the Yoan Ekzarh Language High School in Vratsa, the school’s second time hosting a BEST tournament. Twenty-one teams from sixteen Bulgarian cities attended the tournament. Students competed in five events: Original Oratory, Duo Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, and World Schools Debate.

BEST is especially grateful to Angela Rodel, Iliana Dimitrova, and Rada Kaneva of the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission. They would also like to give a special thank you to Valentina Mihailova, the director of Yoan Ekzarh Language High School in Vratsa, and all of the staff members for being such gracious hosts for this tournament. BEST is extremely grateful to the US Embassy in Sofia and Fulbright Bulgaria for their support and making this tournament possible.

Below are the names of participating teams; you can view results on Speechwire, as well.

Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
Akad. Sergey Korolyov MSHS, Blagoevgrad
Yane Sandanski MSHS, Gotse Delchev
Dr. Petar Beron Foreign Language School, Kyustendil
Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech
Petar Bogdan FLHS, Montana
Professional School of Industrial Technologies, Management and Tourism, Panagyurishte
Simeon Radev FLHS, Pernik
Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov ETHS, Petrich
Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Secondary School, Petrich
Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich
FLHS, Pleven
Plovdiv English Language School, Plovdiv
Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets
Ivan Vazov FLHS, Smolyan
Thomas Jefferson SELS, Sofia
Zlatarski International High School, Sofia
Elisaveta Bagryana 51st School, Sofia
Akad. Mihail Arnaudov 119th School, Sofia
Tsar Simeon Veliki Secondary School, Vidin
Yordan Radichkov FLHS, Vidin
Yoan Ekzarh Language High School, Vratsa
Sveti Paisiy Hilendarski Secondary School, Zlatitsa

AWARDS

POETRY INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Yanitsa Boykova Ivanova - Tsar Simeon Veliki SS, Vidin

  • Mario Dimitrov - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  • Borislav Matsin - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Vili-An Doneva - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Yoana Kamisheva - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Atanas Gurov - Pleven Foreign Language School, Pleven

  • Slavena Medova - Ivan Vasov Language School, Smolyan

Finalists

  1. Deniz Tyumbelekchieva - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  2. Salvera Bali - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  3. Leinas Mehmed - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  4. Samuil Mladenov - Zlatitsa High School

  5. Lyubov Tabakova - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  6. Aylin Ahmedova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

POETRY INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Dimitar Borumov - Akad. S. Korolyov MSHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Alexandra Georgieva - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Hristina Tsonkova - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Bojidar Petrov - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Stella Kalaydzhieva - Ivan Vasov Langauge School, Smolyan

  • Miladin Peev - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

Finalists

  1. Georgi Petkov - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  2. Alex Todorov - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  3. Antoniya Rusalieva - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  4. Hristo Ivanov - PHSET, Petrich

  5. Sherife Runta - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  6. Nia Naseva - Second English Language School, Sofia

PROSE INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Petar Plamenov Dimitrov - Tsar Simeon Veliki SS, Vidin

  • Ivona Ilieva - 119th School, Sofia

  • Milena Simeonova - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  • Ralitsa Nikolaeva Nikolova - Tsar Simeon Veliki SS, Vidin

  • Stefanie Pavlikianova - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

Finalists

  1. Hristina Frangova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  2. Yana Hristova - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  3. Vili-An Doneva - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  4. Alexander NIkolaev - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  5. Izabel Spasova - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  6. Katie Krastilova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

PROSE INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Dimana Stefanova - Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Ognian Dimitrov - Yoan Ekzarh FELS, Vratsa

  • Anita Ichova - Nikola Vaptsarov Secondary School, Petrich

  • Sanya Sevdeva - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Alexandrina Andonova - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Elitsa Dimitrova - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia,

Finalists

  1. Georgi Petkov - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  2. Maya Peeva - Second English Language School, Sofia

  3. Kristiana Hristova - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  4. Bojidar Petrov - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  5. Antoniya Todorova Kamenova - Tsar Simeon Veliki SS, Vidin

  6. Alexandra Markova - Second English Language School, Sofia

ORIGINAL ORATORY – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Monica Raevska - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  • Atanas Gurov - Pleven Foreign Language School, Pleven

  • Slavcho Balabanov - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Radina Sahandzhieva - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  • Elena Bozukova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Victoria Veselinova - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

Finalists

  1. Anastasya Lukmanova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  2. Stephan Kozelov - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  3. Tsvetomir Marinov - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  4. Neda Miteva - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  5. Julia Ivanova - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  6. Iva Aleksandrova - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

ORIGINAL ORATORY – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Yoto Iliev - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  • Indira Sakar - Pleven Foreign Language School, Pleven

  • Iliana Ilieva - Pleven Foreign Language School, Pleven

  • Tsvetina Ivanova - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  • Vyara Stoyanova - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  • Alexandra Georgieva - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

Finalists

  1. Erik Bilyarov - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  2. Petko Stoychev - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  3. Christiyan Pechovski - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  4. Kalina Krastilova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  5. Georgi Paparkov - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  6. Bilyana Kostadinova - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

DUO INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Finalists

  1. Julia Ivanova and Lyubov Tabakova -  51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  2. Zara Zheleva and Alexandrina Prosheva - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  3. Alex Lazov and Julia Rosenova Zaharieva - Dr. Petar Beron Language School, Kyustendil

  4. Tereza Todorova and Velizara Hubcheva - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  5. Alexandra Spasova and Maria-Magdalena Gechovska -  Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  6. Anna Angelova and Viktoriya Kamenova - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

DUO INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Hristina Tsonkova and Alex Todorov - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Gabriela Kosteva and Ilizabet Arnautska - Akad. S. Korolyov MSHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Chana Djongova and Elitsa Dimitrova - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Boyana Savova and Elina Blagoeva - Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Indira Sarkar and Tedi Valcheva - Pleven Foreign Language School, Pleven

Finalists

  1. Georgi Petkov and Nikolai Gaidarov - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  2. Petko Stoychev and Rafael Bizhev - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  3. Alexandra Markova and Maya Peeva - Second English Language School, Sofia

  4. Dimitar Ivanov and Tihomir Tsvetanov - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  5. Martina Tosheva and Valeri Marinova - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Finalists

  1. Kristina Ivanova, Ivana Milovska, Emiliyan Andreev - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  2. Tereza Todorova, Iva Aleksieva, Victoria Veselinova - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

Sportsmanship Award

Kristina Ivanova, Ivana Milovska, Emiliyan Andreev - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

Top Speaker Award

Emiliyan Andreev - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Finalists

  1. Mihaela Ivanova, Elizaveta Polyakova, Magdalena Gyosheva - Zlatarski International HS, Sofia

  2. Alexandra Radeva, Emil Michev, Damyan Valov - Zlatarski International HS, Sofia

Sportsmanship Award

Ventsislav Ivanov, Galya Stancheva, Katrin Lukanova - Yordan Radichkov FLHS, Vidin

Top Speaker Award

Alexandra Radeva - Zlatarski International HS, Sofia

TEAM AWARDS

Small School Division

Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

Large School Division

Yane Sandanski MSHS, Gotse Delchev

BEST National Tournament at Agrarian University, Plovdiv – April 27-29, 2018

From 27-29 April, the BEST Foundation hosted its sixth and final tournament of the 2017-2018 school year. 410 high school students attended the English-language speech and debate event at the Agricultural University – Plovdiv, the school’s first time hosting a BEST tournament. 38 teams from 25 Bulgarian cities attended the tournament. Students competed in five events: Original Oratory, Duo Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, and World Schools Debate.

BEST is especially grateful to Trayan Trayanov and Ivan Petrov of Teach for Bulgaria; Ivan Dimov of Single Step; Krasse Gueorguiev; Angela Rodel, Iliana Dimitrova, and Rada Kaneva of the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission; and Sonya Yordanova from Kinstellar Bulgaria. We also thank Prof. Dr. Hristina Yancheva, Doc. Dr. Svetla Yancheva, and Mr. Velichko Rodopski from the Agricultural University – Plovdiv for being such gracious hosts for this tournament. BEST is extremely grateful to the US Embassy Sofia and Fulbright Bulgaria for their financial support and making this national tournament possible.

The BEST Foundation previously held four regional tournaments throughout the 2017-2018 school year in Pleven, Sliven, Sofia, and Dobrich, as well as the first-ever international oratory tournament at the American University in Bulgaria in Blagoevgrad. BEST will begin its 2018-2019 tournament season in Fall 2018.

Below are the names of participating teams:

Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad
Akad. Sergey Korolyov MSHS, Blagoevgrad
Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLHS, Dimitrovgrad
Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich
Aprilov National High School, Gabrovo
Energetics and Electrotechnics HS, Galabovo
Yane Sandanski MSHS, Gotse Delchev
Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo
Hristo Botev FLHS, Kardzhali
Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech
Petar Bogdan FLHS, Montana
Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov ETHS, Petrich
Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Secondary School, Petrich
Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich
FLHS, Pleven
Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets
Ekzarh Yosif FLHS, Razgrad
St. Konstantin Cyril European Language School, Ruse
Geo Milev ELHS, Ruse
Nancho Popovich MSHS, Shumen
Nikola Vaptsarov FLHS, Shumen
Peyo Yavorov FLHS, Silistra
Atanas Burov Economics HS, Silistra
Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven
Ivan Vazov FLHS, Smolyan
American College of Sofia, Sofia
Thomas Jefferson SELS, Sofia
Zlatarski International High School, Sofia
Elisaveta Bagryana 51st School, Sofia
Akad. Mihail Arnaudov 119th School, Sofia
Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora
1st Language School, Varna
5th Language School, Varna
Petar Beron MHS, Varna
Tsar Simeon Veliki Secondary School, Vidin
Yordan Radichkov FLHS, Vidin
Sveti Paisiy Hilendarski Secondary School, Zlatitsa

AWARDS

POETRY INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Simona Kareva – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  • Dayana Stefanova – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  • Mirela Todorova – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  • Christiyan Mariov – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  • Mila Petkova – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  • Denimira Pantileeva – Aprilov National HS, Gabrovo

Finalists

  1. Eva Dzhevizova – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  2. Gery Lilova – Second English Language School, Sofia

  3. Berfin Yusein – Hristo Botev FLHS, Kardzhali

  4. Dariya Dimitrova – Ekzarh Yosif FLHS, Lovech

  5. Nia Naseva – Second English Language School,Sofia

  6. Stefani Angelova – First Language School, Varna

POETRY INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Georgi Popov – Aprilov National HS, Gabrovo

  • Martin Peev – Yane Sandanski MSHS, Gotse Delchev

  • Bozhidar Petrov – Elisaveta Bagryana 51st School, Sofia

  • Ilin Papazyan – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  • Hristina Tsonkova – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Antonina Popova – Prof Dr Assen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo

Finalists

  1. Adelina Yordanova – Nancho Popovich MSHS, Shumen

  2. Maria Ignatova – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  3. Kristiana Hristova – Elisaveta Bagryana 51st School, Sofia

  4. Alex Todorov – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  5. Martin Simeonov – Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLHS, Dimitrovgrad

  6. Kalina Nikolova – Yordan Radichkov FLHS, Vidin

PROSE INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Nia Naseva – Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Stefani Angelova – First Language School, Varna

  • Denimira Pantileeva – Aprilov National HS, Gabrovo

  • Gery Lilova – Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Dariya Dimitrova – Ekzarh Yosif FLHS,Lovech

  • Simona Kareva – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

Finalists

  1. Boryana Penkova – Nikola Vaptsarov FLHS, Shumen

  2. Vasil Siromahov – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  3. Maria Hristova – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  4. Berfin Yusein – Hristo Botev FLHS, Kardzhali

  5. Mila Petkova – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  6. Nedelina Stancheva – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

PROSE INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Emanuela Kozhleeva – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  • Velislava Georgieva – Atanas Burov School of Economics, Silistra

  • Radina Terziyska – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Velina Dimitrova – Aprilov National HS, Gabrovo

  • Nikolai Gaidarov – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  • Monica Mitova – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

Finalists

  1. Kristina Baleva – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  2. Ilin Papazyan – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  3. Martin Simeonov – Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLHS, Dimitrovgrad

  4. Maya Peeva – Second English Language School, Sofia

  5. Bozhidar Petrov – Elisaveta Bagryana 51st School, Sofia

  6. Caroline Nitschke – Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

ORIGINAL ORATORY – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Niya Vulnova – First Language School, Varna

  • Yoan Hristov – Akad. S. Korolyov MSHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Slavena Medova – Ivan Vazov FLHS, Smolyan

  • Kalina Hristova – Geo Milev ELHS, Ruse

  • Kristiyan Hristov – Ekzarh Yosif FLHS, Lovech

  • Dimitrina Popova – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Viktoria Ivanova – First Language School, Varna

Finalists

  1. Zhenya Marcheva – Peyo Yavorov FLHS, Silistra

  2. Valeria Angelova – Tsar Simeon Veliki SS, Vidin

  3. Fiona Totten – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  4. Stefani Angelova – First Language School, Varna

  5. Debora Mihaleva – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  6. Elena Gelova – Akad. S. Korolyov MSHS Blagoevgrad

ORIGINAL ORATORY – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Mirela Georgieva – Ekzarh Yosif FLHS, Lovech

  • Ani Popova – Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Dobromir Zafirov – Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLHS, Dimitrovgrad

  • Anna Dimitrova – Ivan Vazov FLHS, Smolyan

  • Reneta Yakimova – Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  • Alexandra Dimcheva – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Kamelia Peykova – Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

Finalists

  1. Simona Gyuzleva – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  2. Iliyan Hristov – Aprilov National HS, Gabrovo

  3. Georgi Petkov – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  4. Georgi Paparkov – Yane Sandanski FLHS, Gotse Delchev

  5. Martin Kyuchukov – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  6. Georgina Ivanova – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

DUO INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Ivaila Petrova and Martina Miteva – Aprilov National HS, Gabrovo

  • Nia Naseva and Juliana Beleva – Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Boyana Savova and Ralitsa Nedelcheva – Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Niya Todorova and Zhaklin Vasileva – Zlatitsa High School

  • Dimitar Borumov and Anton Velev – Akad. S. Korolyov MSHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Alexandra Spasova and Viktoriya Krasimirova – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

Finalists

  1. Martina Naidenova and Vanessa Dimitrova – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  2. Mila Petkova and Eva Dzhevizova – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  3. Maria Ilieva and Zhenya Petkova – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  4. Tsvetelina Dzhonova and Kameliya Hristova – Aprilov National HS, Gabrovo

  5. Mirela Todorva and Nedelina Stancheva – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  6. Gery Lilova and Vasil Tilev – Second English Language School, Sofia

DUO INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Militsa Ivanova and Nona Petkova – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Martin Simeonov and Christian Georgiev – Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  • Iliyan Hristov and Veronica Parvanova – Aprilov National HS, Gabrovo

  • Georgi Popov and Gergana Decheva – Aprilov National HS, Gabrovo

  • Gabriela Postalova and Elina Dimova – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Kristiana Hristova and Bozhidar Petrov – Elisaveta Bagryana 51st School, Sofia

Finalists

  1. Vasil Siromahov and Denitsa Balcheva – Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

  2. Nikolai Gaidarov and Georgi Petkov – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  3. Antoniya Rusalieva and Alexandrina Andonova – Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  4. Nikolai Nikolaev and Sofia Naydenova – Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  5. Dimitar Ivanov and Tihomir Cvetanov – Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  6. Mirela Georgieva and Viktoria Ivanova – Ekzarh Yosif FLHS, Lovech

WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Finalists

  1. Kalina Hristova, Liliya Hristova and Mila Nacheva – Geo Milev ELHS, Ruse

  2. Krista Lazarova, Dara-Maria Vasileva and Aneli Draginova – American College, Sofia

Sportsmanship Award

Neda Miteva, Victoria Veselinova and Zhanet Velkova – Ekzarh Yosif FLHS, Lovech

WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Finalists

  1. Joana Valova, Nona Kadieva and Nikola Michaylov – American College, Sofia

  2. Kristya Navushtanova, Nora Antova and Zachary Nikolaev – American College, Sofia

Sportsmanship Award

Preslava Boycheva, Asen Peshev and Nikolay Dzhambov – American College, Sofia

TEAM AWARDS

Small School Division

Elisaveta Bagryana 51st School, Sofia

Large School Division

Zahariy Stoyanov WLHS, Sliven

BEST Balkan Voices Tournament at AUBG, Blagoevgrad – March 31-April 1, 2018

On March 31st-April 1st, the BEST Foundation and the American University in Bulgaria hosted Bulgaria’s first-ever international oratory tournament, Balkan Voices. 39 students competed in the Original Oratory event, where they presented a 10-minute self-authored speech raising awareness and calling for action on an issue of concern.

Coaches and chaperones from around Bulgaria joined their students on AUBG’s beautiful campus, and we were pleased to have several AUBG students and staff, BEST alumni, and other community members as volunteer judges for the tournament. The tournament also featured several students new to BEST, from Sofia, Yakoruda, Svilengrad, Dobrich, Polski Trambesh, and National College I.L.Caragiale in Bucharest, Romania.

BEST would like to thank Boriana Shalyavska, Stefan Novoselski, and the entire AUBG Admissions team; Professor Anna Jouviskaia and AUBG alumnus Andrey Anastassov; the cast and crew of the AUBG musical Spring Awakening; and former Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev.

Balkan Voices was BEST’s 5th tournament of the 2017-2018 school year. Previous regional tournaments were held in Pleven, Sliven, Sofia, and Dobrich. BEST will hold its National Tournament in Plovdiv on 27-29th April 2018.

Here are the winners:

  1. Nicholas Britnall - Tsanko Tserkovski School, Polski Trambesh

  2. Mihaela Kafedzhiyska - Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  3. Georgi Paparkov - Yane Sandanski MSHS, Gotse Delchev

  4. Nikolai Nikolaev - Petar Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  5. Mirela Georgieva - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  6. Nikolai Gaidarov - Petar Bogdan FLHS, Montana

BEST Regional Tournament at Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich – March 10-11, 2018

On 10 & 11 March, the BEST Foundation hosted its fourth tournament of the 2017-2018 school year in Dobrich. 239 high school students attended the English-language speech and debate event at Geo Milev Foreign Language High School, the school’s first time hosting a BEST tournament. 19 teams from 14 Bulgarian cities attended the tournament. Students competed in five events: Original Oratory, Duo Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, and World Schools Debate.

BEST is especially grateful to the principal of Geo Milev FLHS Milena Ivanova, principal Angela Pancheva of Stefan Karadzha School, and Mr. Yordan Yordanov, mayor of Dobrich. BEST would also like to thank all of our coaches, judges, chaperones, Student Ambassadors, and student volunteers from the host school for helping our tournament run smoothly, as well as the Bulgarian Debate Association for providing us with Chief Adjudicators for our Debate category.

This was the BEST Foundation’s final regional tournament of the year, but they will also host Bulgaria’s first international oratory tournament, in conjunction with the American University in Bulgaria, from 31 March – 1 April. BEST’s National tournament will be held at the Agricultural University in Plovdiv on 28-29 April.

Below are the names of participating teams:

Ekzarh Yosif FLHS, Razgrad
Aprilov National High School, Gabrovo
Dr. Petar Beron MHS, Varna
Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLHS, Dimitrovgrad
Yoan Ekzarh FLHS, Varna
Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich
1st Language School, Varna
Geo Milev ELHS, Ruse
Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich
Nancho Popovich MSHS, Shumen
Nikola Vaptsarov FLHS, Shumen
Atanas Burov Economics HS, Silistra
Peyo Yavorov FLHS, Silistra
Energetics and Electrotechnics HS, Galabovo
Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora
Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodiy SS, Burgas
Zahariy Stoyanov WHS, Sliven
Thomas Jefferson SELS, Sofia
St. Konstantin Cyril European Language School, Ruse

AWARDS

POETRY INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Tsvetana Ilieva – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Viola Rodionova – 5th Language School Yoan Ekzarh, Varna

  • Bilyana Bagryanova – Nancho Popovich MSHS, Shumen

  • Simona Kareva – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Mirela Todorova – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Leda Markova – Ekzarh Yosif FLHS, Razgrad

Finalists

  1. Polina Mladenova – Nancho Popovich MSHS, Shumen

  2. Vasil Siromahov – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  3. Stefani Angelova – 1st Language School, Varna

  4. Kameliya Hristova – Aprilov National High School, Gabrovo

  5. Dayana Stefanova – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  6. Gabriela Ivanova – Nikola Vaptsarov FLHS, Shumen

POETRY INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Mihaela Velikova – Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  • Hristi Dragomirova – 5th Language School Yoan Ekzarh, Varna

  • Adelina Yordanova – Nancho Popovich MSHS, Shumen

  • Gergana Milkova – Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  • Zhivka Todorova – Nancho Popovich MSHS, Shumen

  • Elizaveta Malyanova – St. Cyril And Mehodius SS, Burgas

Finalists

  1. Radost Petrova – Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  2. Stanislava Stefanova – Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich

  3. Martin Simeonov – Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  4. Emanuela Kozhleeva – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  5. Victoria Ivanova. – Aprilov National High School, Gabrovo

  6. Maria Ignatova – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

PROSE INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Dayana Stefanova – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Boryana Penkova – Nikola Vaptsarov FLHS, Shumen

  • Antonia Nikolova – Peyo Yavorov FLHS, Silistra

  • Denimira Pantileeva – Aprilov National High School, Gabrovo

  • Plamen Penchev – Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  • Darina Dimitrova – Nikola Vaptsarov FLHS, Shumen

  • Mila Petkova – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

Finalists

  1. Nia Naseva – Thomas Jefferson SELS, Sofia

  2. Eva Dzhevizova – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  3. Nedelina Stancheva – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  4. Fiona Totten – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  5. Vasil Siromahov – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  6. Simona Kareva – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

PROSE INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Polina Yoveva – Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  • Gabriela Yordanova – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Rafael Kanev – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Gergana Milkova – Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  • Martin Simeonov – Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  • Stoyana Tomova – Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

Finalists

  1. Christian Georgiev – Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  2. Ilin Papazyan – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  3. Denitsa Balcheva – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  4. Velislav Velikov – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  5. Svilen Georgiev – Peyo Yavorov FLHS, Silistra

  6. Boris Dechev – Nancho Popovich MSHS, Shumen

ORIGINAL ORATORY – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Kristiyan Syarov – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Kalina Hristova – Geo Milev ELS, Ruse

  • Toni Momchilova – 1st Language School, Varna

  • Zoya Yovcheva – 1st Language School, Varna

  • Teodor Krastev – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Ivelin Sabev – Ekzarh Yosif FLHS, Razgrad

Finalists

  1. Zhenya Marcheva – Peyo Yavorov FLHS, Silistra

  2. Stefani Angelova – 1st Language School, Varna

  3. Asen Dotsinski – Dr. Petar Beron MSHS, Varna

  4. Maria Kyoseva – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  5. Debora Mihaleva – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  6. Dzheyda Nedzhib – Nancho Popovich MSHS, Shumen

ORIGINAL ORATORY – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Tanya Stankova – 1st Language School, Varna

  • Valeria Germanova – 5th Language School Yoan Ekzarh, Varna

  • Martin Kyuchukov – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Samuil Kostadinov – Peyo Yavorov FLHS, Silistra

  • Bozhidar Klouchek – Dr. Petar Beron MSHS, Varna

  • Venelina Filipova – Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  • Devor Gatev – Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  • Simona Nikolaeva – St. Konstantin Cyril ELS, Ruse

  • Dobromir Zafirov – Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

Finalists

  1. Stanislava Stefanova – Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich

  2. Kamelia Peykova – Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  3. Ioana Dimitrova – Atanas Burov School of Economics, Silistra

  4. Preslava Ivanova – 5th Language School Yoan Ekzarh, Varna

  5. Ognyana Vasileva – 5th Language School Yoan Ekzarh, Varna

  6. Tsvetelina Tsoneva – 5th Language School Yoan Ekzarh, Varna

DUO INTERPRETATION – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Tsvetelina Dzhonova and Kameliya Hristova – Aprilov National High School, Gabrovo

  • Teodora Atanasova and Nicole Mihaylova – Geo Mlev FLHS, Dobrich

  • Ivanina Dzhamdzhieva and Elena Ruseva – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Nataliya Gancheva and Stiliana Yankova – Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  • Martina Miteva and Ivaila Petrova – Aprilov National High School, Gabrovo

  • Natalia Simeonova and Venelina Maneva – Aprilov National High School, Gabrovo

Finalists

  1. Mila Petkova and Eva Dzhevizova – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  2. Mirela Todorova and Nedelina Stancheva – Zahariy Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  3. Nia Naseva and Juliana Beleva – Thomas Jefferson SELS, Sofia

  4. Maria Hristova  and Maria Kyoseva – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  5. Juliana Manolova and Vladimir Chavdarov – Dr. Petar Beron MSHS, Varna

  6. Zhenya Petkova and Maria Ilieva – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

DUO INTERPRETATION – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Nelina Hristova and Leya Koleva – St. Cyril And Mehodius SS, Burgas

  • Velina Zheleva and Venelina Filipova – Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  • Nikolay Mednikarov and Stoil Maslarski – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Maria-Magdalena Boteva  and Teodora Koleva – St. Cyril And Mehodius SS, Burgas

  • Danika Tsaneva and Marina Taskova – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Martina Gospodinova and Gabriela Dimova – 1st Language School, Varna

Finalists

  1. Elina Dimova and Gabriela Postalova – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  2. Iliyan Hristov and Veronica Parvanova – Aprilov National High School, Gabrovo

  3. Kristina Baleva and Reneta Georgieva – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  4. Martin Simeonov and Christian Georgiev – Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  5. Keti Hristova and Niden Mladenov – Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  6. Christina Petrova and Aylya Rafet – St. Konstantin Cyril ELS, Ruse

WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE – NOVICE (8th-9th grade)

Finalists

  1. Mila Nacheva, Lilia Hristova and Kalina Hristova – Geo Milev ELHS, Ruse

  2. Georgi Demirov, Asen Dotsinksi and Ivaylo Dimitrov – Dr. Petar Beron MSHS, Varna

Individual Speaker Award

Asen Dotsinski – Dr. Petar Beron MSHS, Varna

Sportsmanship Award

Yoana Karshilova, Polina Doseva and Mihaela Toshkova – Geo Milev ELHS, Ruse

WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATE – VARSITY (10th-12th grade)

Finalists

  1. Yana Zhelyaskova, Denislav Rusev and Silvia Marinova – 1st Language School, Varna

  2. Krasimir Minev, Zhoro Docev and Milen Akaliev – Geo Milev ELHS, Ruse

Individual Speaker Award

Milen Akaliev – Geo Milev, Ruse

Sportsmanship Award

Stanislav Ivanov, Ege Ahmed and Ventsislav Kostov – Peyo Yavorov FLHS, Silistra