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