Monday, February 17, 2014

Tournament #2: Kurdzhali Brings the Trophies!

Team Selfie

Here they all are!
It's not without some beautiful irony that the post after I remark that "Teachers are Unliked" (a thinly masked post of frustration about my life as First Year Teacher in Bulgaria)... is about some Teaching Wins. And Awesome Students. And being Very Grateful for getting to work with them, that they're beautiful people, etc etc.

This past weekend was our second tournament for the Bulgarian Forensics League. 7 students came. Two debate teams, 2 oratories, 1 prose performance. I didn't do Forensics in high school or college. I picked it up this year to give me some project that would tie me to the other English Teacher Assistants and help connect my kids to other students around Bulgaria.

2nd Place in Prose! "The Fault in Our Stars"
The main thing about this weekend: I laughed. And I laughed hard. It's been a while since I've felt planted and rooted enough to let go like that. My kids are hilarious. From late night adventures on playgrounds, hour long debates about whether or not I should be fixing my contacts in public, hours in the bus on the ride back to Dobrich planning ice skating and brainstorming the "American Forensics League". When I list it all down, it doesn't sound like that much. But if you've been me the last few months, you'd realize just how precious Laughing Times are. They mean friendship and joy and cultural exchange and learning and Being Together. When you can laugh with people, you've got something going. I've needed to sense that Something was Going. I'm so grateful to my team for their work and energy!

Cross Examination
Oh. And it doesn't hurt that we came home with some wins in our pocket! Lazar came in second for his Original Oratory and Radost came in second in novice prose.  our team CAME IN SECOND OVERALL IN THE SMALL TEAM DIVISION! What?! We got a shiny trophy and everything.




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