This weekend we had the pleasure of attending the solemn award ceremony and awarding of the medals to the laureates of the XVII and XVIII International Olympiads in Geography, at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"! 🏅🏆🗺️
📌The event was attended by Prof. Dr. Kliment Naydenov - Dean of the Faculty of Geology and Geography, member-cor. Prof. Dr. Nikolay Miloshev - director of the National Research Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, representatives of the academic geographical community, experts from RUO, school directors, teachers, and parents.
In 2021 and 2022, the International Geography Olympiad was held online due to the global pandemic. However, in conditions of the greatest competition (180 participants, from 46 countries) at the XVII International Olympiad in Geography, in 2021, Bulgaria has its first gold medal, as well as the maximum number of medals won - four, ranking her 6th in the world! 😮👏🏼🇧🇬
The medals won at the XVII and XVIII International Olympiads are a total of 7: one gold 🥇, five silver 🥈🥈🥈🥈🥈 and one bronze 🥉.
The International Geography Olympiad is held annually for students aged 16 to 19. It consists of 3 parts - multimedia test, test with written answers, and fieldwork.
The beginning of iGeo international geography competition was given way back in 1996 in The Hague, Netherlands and since then every one or two years an Olympiad has been held in different corners of the world. Bulgaria took part in the International Olympiad in 2004.
At the iGeo 2021 National Olympiad. (Turkey), gold distinction 🥇 won by Teodor Kostov (MG "Dr. Petar Beron", city of Varna). Silver medals 🥈 go to Antonio Georgiev (PMG "Acad. S. Korolov", Blagoevgrad) and Daniel Dimitrov (MG "Dr. Petar Beron", Varna). The bronze medal 🥉 goes to Atanas Ivanov (NPMG "Acad. Lyubomir Chakalov", Sofia).
The feeling of representing your country at the world level is amazing. It cannot be described in words and only one who has experienced it can truly understand the magic of the Olympics.
- Daniel Dimitrov
In 2022, at the iGeo International Olympiad (France), the three silver medals 🥈 were won by the students - Daniel Dimitrov, Mikhail Paskalev (MG "Dr. Peter Beron", city of Varna), and Denis Urumov (91. NEG "Prof. Konstantin Galabov", Sofia city).
During the Olympics, I felt different feelings - on the one hand, satisfaction that you managed to reach the competition, but also tension because you are representing the national team and because you are facing other students who have gone through selection in their countries.
- Mikhail Paskalev
Behind this incredible success of the seven boys who represented Bulgaria to the world lies a lot of hard work, determination, and intensive training during the summer, in their free time, 6-7 hours a DAY. 🔥🧠💪🏼
Together with Accounting Company Dal Siat AD, we were fortunate to contribute to and sponsor the event. 😌 Our friends from Questhouse got involved with a collective award for the young champions and for all those present at the event. 🔍🕵🏼
The organizers decided to raise the bar and the logo that Evgenia Tosheva made will be their official symbol for the National Geography Olympiad! 🎨
📸👉🏼 You can see more photos from the event on our Facebook page.