BEST National Tournament at UNWE, Sofia – April 19-21, 2019

From April 19th - 21st of 2019, the BEST Foundation hosted its final tournament of the 2018-2019 school year. 319 high school students attended the English-language speech and debate event held at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia. Forty-two teams from twenty-nine Bulgarian cities attended the tournament. Invited student participants had qualified to compete in the National tournament by reaching semifinals at one of BEST’s four regional tournaments held earlier in the school year. Students competed in five events: Original Oratory, Duo Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, and World Schools Debate.

In addition to competition rounds, an organization fair was held to showcase a few of BEST’s partners to the BEST community. This fair gave students an opportunity to learn about the different organizations that support BEST, as well as learn information about what those organizations do in and around Bulgaria. Partners in attendance were Teach for Bulgaria, Fulbright Bulgaria:Bulgarian American Commission for Educational Exchange, and Single Step.

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 the University of National and World Economy in Sofia for being such gracious hosts for this tournament. Last, but certainly not least, BEST would like to thank all of the amazing student participants, volunteers, judges, coaches, and chaperones that help make this organization the amazing thing that it is.

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

  • 119th School, Sofia

  • 12th School, 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

  • Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  • Atanas Burov School of Economics, Silistra

  • Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  • Dr. Petar Beron Language School, Kyustendil

  • Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

  • Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  • Ekzarh Yosif FLHS, Razgrad

  • First Language School, Varna

  • Geo Milev ELS, Ruse

  • Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  • Geo Milev GPAE, Burgas

  • Goethe, Burgas

  • Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  • Ioan Ekzarh FELS, Vratsa

  • Ivan Vasov Langauge School, Smolyan

  • Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Nancho Popovich High School of Maths and Science, Shumen

  • Nikola Vapzarov FLHS, Shumen

  • Novi Iskar High School, Sofia

  • Otets Paisiy, Samokov

  • Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  • Peyo Yavorov FLHS, Silistra

  • PHSET, Petrich

  • Pleven Foreign Language School, Pleven

  • PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo

  • Professional School Industrial Technologies, Panagyurishte

  • Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Sts. Cyril and Methodius School, Burgas

  • Sveti Sedmochislenitski 1st School, Targovishte

  • Tsar Simeon Veliki SS, Vidin

  • Yordan Radichkov FLS, Vidin

  • Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Zlatitsa High School, Zlatitsa

AWARDS

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

Semifinalists

  • Ana-Maria Antonova - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  • Mario Bogdanov - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

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

  • Lyubov Tabakova - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Borislav Matsin - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Emona Tsoneva - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

Finalists

  1. Natalia Simeonova - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  2. Zara Zheleva - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  3. Deniz Tyumbelekchieva - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  4. Katie Krastilova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  5. Salvera Bali - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  6. Mariya Toneva - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

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

Semifinalists

  • Reneta Yakimova - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

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

  • Christian Georgiev - Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  • Vyara Stoyanova - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  • Alexandra Georgieva - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  • Elizaveta Malyanova - Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Burgas

Finalists

  1. Momchil Dimitrov - Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  2. Alex Todorov - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  3. Maria Ignatova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

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

  5. Gabriella Yordanova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  6. Radina Beleva - Second English Language School, Sofia

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

Semifinalists

  • Mila Petkova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Lilia Ilieva - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  • Zoya Yovcheva - First Language School, Varna

  • Maria Hristova - Romain Rolland FLHS Stara Zagora

  • Simeon Kirilov - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Pamela Tsvetkova - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

Finalists

  1. Eva Dzhevizova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  2. Alexander NIkolaev - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  3. Fiona Totten - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

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

  5. Yanitsa Boykova Ivanova - Tsar Simeon Veliki SS, Vidin

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

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

Semifinalists

  • Denitsa Balcheva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Keti Hristova - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Tanya Stankova - First Language School, Varna

  • Nedelina Stancheva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Gabriela Postalova - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Miladin Peev - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

Finalists

  1. Kristiana Hristova - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  2. Anastasiya Dimitrova - Dr. Petar Beron Language School, Kyustendil

  3. Alex Todorov - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  4. Kristina Baleva - Romain Rolland FLHS SZ

  5. Maya Peeva - Second English Language School, Sofia

  6. Gergana Lilova - Second English Language School, Sofia

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

Semifinalists

  • Stephan Kozelov - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  • Sofia Sahibudin - 119th School, Sofia

  • Simeon Kirilov - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Victoria Angelova Georgieva - Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo

  • Slavcho Balabanov - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Fiona Totten - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

Finalists

  1. Anastasya Lukmanova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  2. Malena Malcheva - Geo Milev GPAE, Burgas

  3. Mariya Toneva - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  4. Mariam Jamal - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  5. Isa Bazerbashi - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  6. Ana-Maria Antonova - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

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

Semifinalists

  • Yoto Iliev - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  • Hristo Ivanov - PHSET, Petrich

  • Ivelin Svilenov Subev - Ekzarh Yossif FLHS, Razgrad

  • Zhenya Ivova Marcheva - Peyo Yavorov, Silistra

  • Erik Bilyarov - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

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

Finalists

  1. Georgi Petkov - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  2. Reneta Georgieva - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  3. Kalina Krastilova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  4. Georgi Paparkov - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  5. Petko Stoychev - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  6. Ivailo Kolev - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

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

Semifinalists

  • Yanitsa Braianova and Slavena Medova - Ivan Vasov Language School, Smolyan

  • Nada Jamal and Mariam Jamal - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

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

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

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

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

  • Lilia Ilieva and Ana-Maria Antonova - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

Finalists

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

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

  3. Alexander NIkolaev and Mario Bogdanov - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

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

  5. Marina Georgieva and Sofia Sahibudin - 119th School, Sofia

  6. Pamela Tsvetkova and Yana Hristova - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

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

Semifinalists

  • Gergana Filipova Filipova and Svilen Georgiev - Peyo Yavorov, Silistra

  • Elina Blagoeva and Dimana Stefanova - Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Asha Tiwari and Nia Naseva - Second English Language School, Sofia

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

  • Martina Miroslavova Tosheva and Valeri Marinova - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  • Simona Kareva and Mirela Todorova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

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

  • Nikola Todorov and Stoil Maslarski - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

Finalists

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

  2. Denitsa Balcheva and Vasil Siromahov - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  3. Georgi Petkov and Nikolay Gaidarov - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  4. Miladin Peev and Tishomir Tsvetanov - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  5. Kalin Vasilev and Melisa Reshad Sali - Ekzarh Yossif FLHS, Razgrad

  6. Bojidar Petrov and Kristiana Hristova - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

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

Finalists

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

  2. Aleksandar Ivanov, Rouzi Terzieva, Malena Malcheva - From Geo Milev GPAE, Burgas

Sportsmanship Award

Yavor Tomov, Ahsen Dzhiniev, Hurie Ferad - Geo Milev ELS, Ruse

Top Speaker Award

Alexander Ivaylov - Geo Milev GPAE, Burgas

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

Finalists

  1. Milen Akaliev, Zhoro Docev, Lora Garlova - Geo Milev ELS, Ruse

  2. Nikol Mihova, Nora Antova, Jordan Georgiev - American College of Sofia

Sportsmanship Award

Asen Dotsinski, Georgi Ivelinov Demirov, Biser Angelov - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

Top Speaker Award

Lora Garlova - Geo Milev ELS, Ruse

TEAM AWARDS

Small School Division

Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

Large School Division

Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

BEST Regional Tournament at Dr Petar Beron MHS, Varna – March 16-17, 2019

On March 16th - 17th of 2019, the BEST Foundation hosted its fifth tournament of the 2018-2019 school year. 320  high school students attended the English-language speech and debate event at Dr. Petar Beron Maths School in Varna, the school’s first time hosting a BEST tournament. Twenty - two teams from eighteen 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 funding this tournament.  WIthout their support, both financial and otherwise, this tournament would not have been possible. BEST would also like to give a special thank you to Dr. Petar Beron Maths School and their amazing staff for providing a space for the tournament to take place.

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

  • Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  • Atanas Burov School of Economics, Silistra

  • Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  • Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

  • Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  • Ekzarh Yossif FLHS, Razgrad

  • Fifth Language School Yoan Ekzahr, Varna

  • First Language School, Varna

  • Geo Milev ELS, Ruse

  • Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  • Geo Milev GPAE Burgas

  • Nancho Popovich High School of Maths and Science, Shumen

  • Nikola Vapzarov FLHS, Shumen

  • Peyo Yavorov FLHS, Silistra

  • PGEE, Galabovo

  • Plovdiv Foreign Language School

  • Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo

  • Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Second English Language School, Sofia

  • Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Burgas

  • Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Zlatitsa High School

AWARDS

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

Semifinalists

  • Veselin Milchev Arabov - Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo

  • Maria Dimova - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Vanesa Milanova - Atanas Burov School of Economics, Silistra

  • Ana-Maria Antonova - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  • Ivet Ivanova - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  • Darsi Dinkova Dineva - Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo

Finalists

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

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

  3. Samuil Mladenov - Zlatitsa High School, Zlatitsa

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

  5. Lilia Ilieva - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

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

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

Semifinalists

  • Christian Georgiev - Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

  • Tuana Metin Halil - Ekzarh Yossif FLHS, Razgrad

  • Martina Georgieva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Mihaela Velikova - Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  • Ivailo Kolev - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  • Martin Simeonov - Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

Finalists

  1. Mariya Vasileva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  2. Momchil Dimitrov - Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  3. Maria Ignatova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  4. Iliyan Stoychev - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  5. Nedelina Stancheva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  6. Melisa Reshad Sali - Ekzarh Yossif FLHS, Razgrad

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

Semifinalists

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

  • Jansu Fevzi - Atanas Burov School of Economics, Silistra

  • Savina Kaneva - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Petar Kolev - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

  • Simeon Kirilov - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Anna-Maria Avramova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Darina Vasileva - Nikola Vapzarov FLHS, Shumen

Finalists

  1. Fiona Totten - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  2. Maria Hristova - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  3. Eva Dzhevizova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  4. Zoya Yovcheva - First Language School, Varna

  5. Mila Petkova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

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

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

Semifinalists

  • Simona Kareva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Gabriella Ivanova - Nikola Vapzarov FLHS, Shumen

  • Simona Petkova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Iliyan Stoychev - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  • Ivailo Kolev - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  • Christian Georgiev - Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

Finalists

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

  2. Denimira Pantileeva - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  3. Vasil Siromahov - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  4. Mirela Todorova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  5. Nedelina Stancheva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  6. Boryana Penkova - Nikola Vapzarov FLHS, Shumen

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

Semifinalists

  • Malena Malcheva - Geo Milev GPAE Burgas

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

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

  • Victoria Angelova Georgieva - Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov FLHS, Haskovo

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

  • Isa Bazerbashi - From Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

Finalists

  1. Maria Kyoseva - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  2. Teodor Krastev - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  3. Elitsa Vassileva - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

  4. Mariam Jamal - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

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

  6. Vyara Peneva - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

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

Semifinalists

  • Debora Mihaleva - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  • Ivelin Svilenov Subev - Ekzarh Yossif FLHS, Razgrad

  • Georgina Ivanova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Viktoria Ivanova - First Language School, Varna

  • Emanuela Kozhleeva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Nicole Ivanova - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

Finalists

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

  2. Stefani Angelova - First Language School, Varna

  3. Martin Kyuchukov - Romain Rolland FLHS Stara Zagora

  4. Zhenya Ivova Marcheva - Peyo Yavorov, Silistra

  5. Simona Gyuzleva - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  6. Ivailo Kolev - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

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

Semifinalists

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

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

  • Angelin Georgiev and Rositsa Kondova - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Ana-Maria Antonova and Lilia Ilieva - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  • Aleksander Valchev and Maria-Magdalena Gergova - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

Finalists

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

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

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

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

  5. Mariam Jamal and Nada Jamal - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  6. Jasmina Jeleva and Stefka Nikolaeva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

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

Semifinalists

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

  • Gergana Filipova Filipova and Svilen Georgiev - Peyo Yavorov, Silistra

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

  • Mirela Todorova and Simona Kareva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

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

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

Finalists

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

  2. Nikola Todorov and Stoil Maslarski - Romain Rolland FLHS, Stara Zagora

  3. Denitsa Balcheva and Vasil Siromahov - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  4. Kalin Vasilev and Melisa Reshad Sali - Ekzarh Yossif FLHS, Razgrad

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

  6. Ivaila Petrova and Kamelia Hristova - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

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

Finalists

  1. Beyonse Boteva, Preslava Stoyanova, and Natalia Georgieva - Geo Milev GPAE, Burgas

  2. Yasen Zhekov, Irina Georgieva, and Alexander Ivanov - Geo Milev GPAE, Burgas

Sportsmanship Award

Beyonse Boteva, Preslava Stoyanova, and Natalia Georgieva - Geo Milev GPAE, Burgas

Top Speaker Award

Aleksandrina Hadzhigeorgieva - Geo Milev ELS, Ruse

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

Finalists

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

  2. Ivaylo Dimitrov, Georgi Demirov, and Biser Angelov - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

Sportsmanship Award

Victoria Valentinova Petrova, Fatime Ismailova Mustafova, and Ivelin Svilenov Subev - Ekzahr Yosif FLHS, Razgrad

Top Speaker Award

Biser Angelov - Dr. Petar Beron Math School, Varna

TEAM AWARDS

Small School Division

Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad

Large School Division

Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

BEST 2019 Balkan Voices Tournament at AUBG, Blagoevgrad – March 8-10, 2019

On March 8th - 10th of 2019, the BEST Foundation hosted its second international original oratory competition: Balkan Voices. A total of 107 high school students from countries all across the Balkan region attended the English-language speech event held at the American University in Bulgaria, the school’s second time hosting the event. There were a total of seven countries represented at Balkan Voices: Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia.

Students competed with self-written original oratory speeches on topics of their choice, but were also provided with an opportunity to meet peers from neighbouring countries and foster important cross-cultural relationships. The tournament also included programming that aims to foster a sense of community amongst participants and showcase the host institution, AUBG. From karaoke to lectures from AUBG professors, Balkan Voices helped to serve overall student development in the areas of intercultural communication, public speaking, creative expression, team building, and youth leadership.

BEST is especially grateful to the Regional English Language Office, Belgrade for their generous financial support, which made it possible for BEST to offer travel scholarships to every team present at the tournament, as well as provide accommodation for students, chaperones, and judges at the tournament. Additionally, this tournament would not have been possible without the immense support AUBG. From offering campus tours, faculty workshops, helping provide meals, and providing a space for this tournament to take place, BEST is truly appreciative.

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

  • Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets - Bulgaria

  • Aprilov National, Gabrovo - Bulgaria

  • Arcadia Academy - Montenegro

  • British School of Kosova - Kosovo

  • Dr. Ivan Bogorov FLS, Dimitrovgrad - Bulgaria

  • Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna - Bulgaria

  • Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech - Bulgaria

  • Ekzarh Yossif FLHS, Razgrad - Bulgaria

  • First Language School, Varna - Bulgaria

  • Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich - Bulgaria

  • Gimnazija Jovan Jovanović Zmaj - Serbia

  • Gimnazija Rade Jovchevski-Korchagin - North Macedonia

  • High School SOU Jane Sandanski - North Macedonia

  • Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali - Bulgaria

  • Ioan Petruș Theoretical High School - Romania

  • Law & Business School Nis - Serbia

  • Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad - Bulgaria

  • Mihail Kogalniceanu National College - Romania

  • Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana - Bulgaria

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

  • National High School in Finance and Business - Bulgaria

  • New York High School Tirana - Albania

  • NOVA International Schools - North Macedonia

  • Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich - Bulgaria

  • Plovdiv Foreign Language School - Bulgaria

  • PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev - Bulgaria

  • Prishtina High School - Kosovo

  • SOU Metodi Mitevski Brico - North Macedonia

  • SOU''Kole Nehtenin'' - North Macedonia

  • St. Cyril and Methodius (Negotino) - North Macedonia

  • SU Tsanko Tserkovski, Polski Trambesh - Bulgaria

  • Yahya Kemal College - North Macedonia

  • Yordan Radichkov FLS, Vidin - Bulgaria

  • Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven - Bulgaria

AWARDS

ORIGINAL ORATORY – NOVICE (9th -10th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Zoran Cikalov - High School SOU Jane Sandanski

  • Viktor Ivanov - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  • Anna-Mariya Georgieva - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  • Vasko Popcevaliev - High School SOU Jane Sandanski

  • Nicole Mihaylova - Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  • Kristian Hristov - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

Finalists

  1. Lena Ibishi - Prishtina High School

  2. Ivelin Svilenov Subev - Ekzarh Yossif FLHS, Razgrad

  3. Fiona Totten - Zaharii Stoyanov ELS, Sliven

  4. Victoria Veselinova - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  5. Elitsa Vassileva - Dr. Petar Beron Maths School, Varna

  6. Eranda Ajdini - Yahya Kemal College

ORIGINAL ORATORY – VARSITY (11th-12th grade)

Semifinalists

  • Vyara Stoyanova - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

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

  • Stanislava Stefanova - Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich

  • Bojana Vitanova - High School SOU Jane Sandanski

  • Monica Mitova - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  • Nicholas Christian Brintnall - SU Tsanko Tserkovski, Polski Trambesh

Finalists

  1. Kamelia Peykova - Geo Milev FLHS, Dobrich

  2. Ivailo Kolev - Aprilov National, Gabrovo

  3. Petko Stoychev - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  4. Georgi Paparkov - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  5. Erza Lalinovci - British School of Kosova

  6. Gerta Shkodra - British School of Kosova

BEST Regional Tournament at AUBG and SWU, Blagoevgrad – February 16-17, 2019

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

  1. Katie Krastilova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  2. Mario Bogdanov - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  3. Deniz Tyumbelekchieva - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  4. Zara Zheleva - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  5. Salvera Bali - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  6. 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

  1. Georgi Petkov - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  2. Stanislava Stefanova - Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich

  3. Alex Todorov - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  4. Tugay Selim - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  5. Reneta Yakimova - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  6. 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

  1. Alexander Nikolaev - 51 Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  2. Yana Hristova - Peter Bogdan FLHS, Montana

  3. Katie Krastilova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  4. Elena Kenarova - Pleven Foreign Language School, Pleven

  5. Yanitsa Boykova Ivanova - Tsar Simeon Veliki SS, Vidin

  6. 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

  1. Alex Todorov - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  2. Radina Beleva - Second English Language School, Sofia

  3. Antoniya Rusalieva - Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS, Blagoevgrad

  4. Bojidar Petrov - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  5. Dimitar Ivanov - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  6. 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

  1. Anastasya Lukmanova - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  2. Mariya Toneva - Hristo Botev FLS, Kardzhali

  3. Stephan Kozelov - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

  4. Iva Aleksieva - Ekzarh Yosif I FLHS, Lovech

  5. Julia Ivanova - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

  6. 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

  1. Georgi Paparkov - PMG Yane Sandanski, Gotse Delchev

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

  3. Stanislava Stefanova - Peyo Yavorov High School, Petrich

  4. Reneta Yakimova - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

  5. Valeria Valentinova Angelova - Tsar Simeon Veliki SS, Vidin

  6. 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

  1. Alexander Nikolaev and Mario Bogdanov - 51st Elisaveta Bagryana School, Sofia

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

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

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

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

  6. 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

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

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

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

  4. Miladin Peev and Tihomir Tsvetanov - Aleko Konstantinov FLHS, Pravets

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

  6. 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