East Tournament in Burgas, March 11-12, 2017

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the East region! The upcoming East tournament will be at Geo Milev ELHS in Burgas on March 11-12. Registration for the tournament has ended.

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Applications for the tournament are now closed.

Letter of Invitation

You can download the official letter of invitation in Bulgarian here. If you want a customized letter mailed to your school, e-mail us at info@bestfoundation.bg.

Press

Here you can read our post-tournament press release and awards list in English and Bulgarian.

Tentative* Schedule

Friday, March 10

19:30 – 21:00: Debate Judge Training (strongly recommended)

Saturday, March 11

9:00 – 11:00: Judge Check In & Team Check In
9:00 – 10:00: Debate Judge Training (strongly recommended)
10:00 – 11:00: New Judges – Speech Training (required)
11:00: Opening Ceremony
11:30: Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, Duo
13:30: Round 1 Flight A: Debate (prepared) & Poetry
14:30: Lunch
15:00: Round 2 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, Duo
16:30: Round 2 Flight A: Debate (impromptu) & Poetry
18:30: Round 3: Novice Duo
Quarterfinals: Varsity Oratory, Varsity Prose
Semifinals: Varsity Duo, Novice Oratory, Novice Prose
19:30: Round 3: Debate (prepared)
Semifinals: Poetry
20:30: Semifinals: Varsity Oratory & Varsity Prose

Sunday, March 12

8:30: Round 4: Debate (impromptu)
10:30: Finals: Oratory, Prose, Duo
11:30: Finals: Debate (prepared) & Poetry
13:30: Closing Ceremony

*Note that schedule is subject to change based on registrations.

Judging

We welcome all high school graduates with C1 or higher English to judge at our tournaments. If you are new to BEST and our tournaments, visit our Judging Basics page!

We will reimburse all judges for their transport if they use trains or buses, but we strongly encourage taking the most affordable option when possible (usually trains). Please purchase round-trip tickets and you will be reimbursed upon showing the ticket at the reimbursement station. We will provide food at the tournament site, and we will also cover one night of hotel accommodations for regional tournaments. In exceptional circumstances when a judge can’t make it to the tournament site before 11am on Saturday, we will cover two nights of hotel accommodation.

Judge registration for the East tournament is now closed.

Team Roster Spreadsheet

Registration for the tournament is now closed. Please contact Team BEST at info@bestfoundation.bg for any edits to team rosters.

Food

Billa (open until 10:00pm)

Lidl (open until 10:00pm)

Kaufland (open until 10:00pm)

For the restaurants below we recommend that you call and make dinner reservations as soon as you know the size of your team.
* places marked with an asterisk do deliveries

Pizza Palace* (delivers until 10:00pm) – 056/842911

York Pizza & Coffee* (delivers until 10:00pm) – 056/ 590 033

Happy Delivery* (delivers until 11:00pm) – 0700 19000

KISH Bar & Dinner (open until 11:00pm) – 087 699 5579

Chinatown (open until 11:00pm) – 056 987 758

Pizza Romance (open until 11:00pm) – 0700 20 011

Teniova Kushta (open until 12:00am) – 089 855 5996

Happy Bar & Grill (open until 11:00pm) – 0700 20 888

Biraria Ros-marry (open until 11:30pm) – 088 269 7929

Pizza York (open until 11:30pm) – 087 864 6022

Hotels

The first tournament hotel is Hotel Aqua.
The address of Hotel Aqua is Demokratsiya boul., Lazur, 8000 Burgas.
The price of Hotel Aqua is 25 leva per person per night.

The second tournament hotel is Hotel Prestige.
The address of Hotel Prestige is 41 Perushtitsa st., 8000 Burgas.
The price of Hotel Prestige is 20 leva per person per night.

The third tournament hotel is Hotel Atagen.
The address of Hotel Atagen is 129 San Stefano boul., 8000 Burgas.
The price of Hotel Atagen is 20 leva per person per night.

The fourth tournament hotel is Hotel Lazur.
The address of Hotel Lazur is 1 Kalofer boul., Lazur, 8000 Burgas.
The price of Hotel Lazur is 20 leva per person per night.

The fifth tournament hotel is Hotel Bizhu.
The address of Hotel Bizhu is 39 Rakovski st., 8000 Burgas.
The price of Hotel Bizhu is 25 leva per person per night.

Transportation

Local Taxi numbers are coming soon!

Here are directions on how to get from the Bus and Train Stations to the tournament site – Geo Milev ELHS:

Here are directions on how to get from the tournament hotels to Geo Milev ELHS:

Debate Motions

Prepared motions

  • This house will demand international corporations operating in any developing country to uphold the same environmental standards required in their home country.
  • This house believes that votes of younger voters should have more weight in all national elections or referendums.
  • This house supports establishing an independent state of Kurdistan.

Impromptu topics

The themes for the Spring Impromptu rounds are below. The motions for these rounds will be related to these general themes, and they will be announced right before the thirty-minute preparation period begins.

  • Education
  • Parenting