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Ivan Stoyanov, Principal: Running a School Is Not Just a Job Ivan Stoyanov, Principal: Running a School Is Not Just a Job Ivan Stoyanov, Principal: Running a School Is Not Just a Job

Hristo Botev School in the Southeastern Bulgarian town of Karnobat is not your average school. Classes here don’t start and end with a jarring buzz; the traditional school bell has been replaced with modern music, chosen in a student vote. When the principal appears in the hallways, he isn't met with awkward silence: students surround him, greet him happily, and even give him a high five.

The Beer Brewer Who Works for a Better Bulgaria The Beer Brewer Who Works for a Better Bulgaria The Beer Brewer Who Works for a Better Bulgaria

Today, many associate Ailyak with the finest craft beer in Bulgaria. It’s also a Bulgarian colloquialism: an “ailyak” is a “free man, unencumbered by existential problems.” Georgi Hristov’s life embodies the feel-good ailyak lifestyle—at least in his photos on Facebook, which capture beautiful views, colors enhanced by the blazing sun, and an all-pervasive sense of timelessness. In real life, however, the maker of Ailyak is constantly on the move, traveling for business, pleasure, or both.

Space Challenges Junior: When Robots Make You Smile Space Challenges Junior: When Robots Make You Smile Space Challenges Junior: When Robots Make You Smile

When he first started tackling space challenges, Kliment passed seven levels, and his main project was a penguin-cooling device. Kliment loves penguins and wants to save this endangered species from extinction. At level 7, he came back with a friend. “I will be his mentor,” he explained and repeated levels 1–7 with his mentee. The duo successfully overcame all 12 levels.

Where the Future of Bulgarian Science Begins Where the Future of Bulgarian Science Begins Where the Future of Bulgarian Science Begins

Apart from extraordinary talent, what do Tania, Ivan, Lyubomir, and Zvezdin have in common? They all began honing their research skills and abilities in the same place—the Student Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, supported by the America for Bulgaria Foundation since 2010. The institute gives talented young people from across the country the opportunity to work on innovative practical projects in close collaboration with experienced Bulgarian researchers. Communicating with peers with a shared passion for science is another benefit of the program.

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