Northwest Tournament in Montana, December 5-6, 2015

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the Northwest region! The upcoming Northwest tournament will be at FLHS Peter Bogdan in Montana on December 5-6. Registration for the tournament has ended. Coaches, you will receive an invitation to register for this tournament on Speechwire. If you haven’t received the invitation, or if you are a coach in a different region and would like to bring your team to this tournament, please email us at

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Applications for the Northwest Tournament are now closed.

Letter of Invitation

You can download the official letter of invitation in Bulgarian hereIf you want a customized letter mailed to your school, e-mail us at


Here you can read our pre-tournament press release in English and Bulgarian.

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

Tournament Schedule

Saturday, December 5

9:30 – 10:00: Judge Check In
9:30 – 11:00: Team Check In
10:00: Judge Training (Session 1)
11:00: Opening Ceremony
11:30: Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo &
Judge Training (Session 2)
1:30: Round 1 Flight A: Debate (prepared) and Poetry
2:30: Lunch
3:00: Round 2 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
4:30: Round 2 Flight A: Debate (impromptu) and Poetry
6:30: Semifinals Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
7:30: Debate: Round 3 (prepared)

Sunday, December 6

8:30: Semifinals: Debate (impromptu)
10:30: Finals: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
11:45: Finals: Debate (prepared) and Poetry
1:30: Closing Ceremony


We welcome all high school graduates with C1 or higher English to judge at our tournaments! 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 one-way tickets and leave them with us and we will reimburse you for the round-trip cost. 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 accommodations.

To register as a judge, please fill out this form. Coaches, you must register if you are judging, too, and don’t forget to include your judges when you fill out your team roster spreadsheet (see below).

We welcome all judges to sign up, but please note that in the event of an excess of judges, regionally located judges will be given priority.

Team Roster Spreadsheet

Registration for the Northwest Tournament is now closed. Please contact Team BEST at for any edits to team rosters.


The school canteen will be open for the tournament, and there are a number of food options near the school and hotels. The restaurants Vmax and Plaza, a Serbian restaurant, and a Chinese restaurant are all within five minutes of the school, and are all open until at least 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Vmax is open until midnight and delivers pizza.


Here are the directions on how to get from the Train and Bus Station to the first tournament hotel – Hotel Evropa:

The address of Hotel Evropa is 35 3-ti Mart Blvd, 3400 Montana.

Here are the directions on how to get from the Bus and Train Station to the second tournament hotel – Hotel Bulgari:

The address of Hotel Bulgari is 8 Slavianska st., 3400 Montana.

Hotel prices are estimated to be between 14-20 leva per person per night.

Here are the directions on how to get from the Bus and Train Station to the third tournament hotel – Complex Augusta:

The address of Complex Augusta is Ogosta dam, 3400 Montana.

Here are the directions on how to get from the Bus and Train Station to the fourth tournament hotel – Hotel Montana:

The address of Hotel Montana is 120 3-ti Mart Blvd, 3400 Montana.


Here are directions on how to get from the tournament hotels to the tournament site – Peter Bogdan FLHS:

We recommend taking taxis from Complex Augusta to the school, since it is a long walk.
Try this taxi company: Djet taxi (096 333333).

Debate Motions

Prepared motions

  • This house believes that soldiers sent on international missions should be atheists.
  • This house believes that the government should not cover healthcare costs of individuals who choose not to be vaccinated.
  • This house believes that entertainers should not pursue political careers.

Impromptu topics

The themes for the Fall 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.

  • Philosophy
  • Sports