The 24th, the last day of the Olympiad, was understandably the day of the Closing ceremony. Participants, team leaders, volunteers and organizers alike gathered for the last time for a recap of the past week, and to see who did what.
At the mini Award ceremony, the solutions to the problems from the Individual and the Team contests were revealed. The students with the best solutions received awards for their performance, and a bit of hope for potential medals later on in the day.
The volunteers and organizers were running on a tight schedule, from preparing the award ceremony, to setting up equipment, to live-entering the results on the official webpage for everybody to see them as they unfold.
And it was all a battle for these babies -in addition to 31 honorable mentions, 7 gold medals, 17 silver medals and 22 bronze ones were handed out.
Bozhidar Bozhanov, chairman of the jury for this year, had the chance to personally congratulate the medalists for their amazing work.
And just like the whole Olympiad, the award winners were multicultural and diverse as well…I mean, where else can you see the Chinese flag right next to the Bulgarian one?
The local team’s performance was the most exceptional one in the entire history of linguistics in Bulgaria – with 1 gold medal, 3 silver and 3 bronze ones, I think they’re going home pretty happy!
We closed off the day in typical IOL fashion – partying. The organizers assembled a barbecue dinner with music for everybody, and the participants just couldn’t wait to get on the karaoke microphone again. Hopefully this hype is carried over to next year as well, when the Olympiad is going to be in Mysore, India. Fingers crossed for you and your country, and hope to see you there!