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Sofia Schools League trophy . Despite some tough games , the ACS Boys Junior Varsity team showed a lot of resilience and commitment this season , and placed 4th in the league .
Our teams also had the amazing opportunity to participate in a tournament abroad . In early February the girls and boys , along with their coaches and athletic director , travelled to Israel to compete in a tournament at the Walworth Barbour American International School in Tel Aviv . Despite the players ’ valiant efforts , and some games that went down to the wire , both the girls and boys teams placed 4th .
*** On February 13 , seniors Nikolay Dzhambov and Alexander Natchev organized a FinTech Seminar for their Senior Independent Honors Project ( SIHP ) and as a culmination to their campaign to get the community better acquainted with the world of financial technologies and cryptocurrencies .
Guest speaker Pavlin Stoyanov , a lawyer with Deloitte , talked the audience through the local and global emergence of fintech companies that work with cryptocurrencies and led the discussion about business opportunities in mining , the dangers and risks of fraud , current issues and EU and Bulgarian regulations .
*** How does one get to hang out with classmates on a Saturday night with restrictions to go outside ? Given how many students are no strangers to multiplayer online competitions , while being avid chess enthusiasts , there is only one solution : Online Intramural Chess Tournament , of course ! Twenty ACSers took to the virtual chessboard in the Online Intramural Chess Tournament , held on March 21 from 7 pm to 8 pm . And it was just the first of many such events .
*** ACS 10th graders Viktoria Sugareva and Magdalena Tsocheva won first and second place together with their teams in the Junior Achievement Bulgaria and NN Bulgaria National Innovative Online Camp . The social entrepreneurship initiative challenged high-school students from all over Bulgaria to work online in teams of 6-7 , to come up with innovative financial services or products to help better protect insurance clients in pandemic circumstances . Competition was tough but our students contributed competently to their teams in developing apps and assurances for avoiding bankruptcy through forward thinking and advance financial and property defense .
*** Congratulations are due to the students in the 9th , 10th , 11th and 12th Grades , who represented ACS exceptionally strongly at the Regional Round of the Physics Olympiad . Because of their strong results nine of them were nominated by the committee to qualify for the National Round of the elite contest .
*** This year ’ s Classical Concert at ACS was scheduled for March 25 , 2020 , but due to extraordinary circumstances , the College community ended up at home before that date . Shortly after the start of distance learning , pianists Teodora and Alexandra Daskalovi , and Yassen Horozov contacted the Performing Arts Program with ideas and suggestions for the implementation of the Classical Concert through online video . This inspired the Program Leadership and earned the support of the school administration .
In preparation for the concert , conductor of the ACS Choir Maestro Kristian Popov , together with ACS Choir Accompanist and Instrumental Program Advisor Milena Tsolova , held auditions , ask-