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Students and Alumni Come Together for Annual Great Weekend

April 26, 2018

Spring at AUBG is always the busiest time of the year with many events filling the already busy student calendar. But no part of the semester is as busy or crazy (in the best possible way) then the time  in May when alumni flock to campus for the annual so called Great Weekend. Starting with the More Honors Award Show, the festivities continued at the annual Alumni Challenge and onto the AUBG Olympics the following day. 

The More Honors Academy started way back in 1998 with the mission "to mock the unmockable, speak the unspeakable and celebrate the quirkiness of student life." The ceremony's 21st edition took place on April 20 at the Skaptopara Sports Hall in town. It  honored students and other members of the community in classic  categories such as Public Enemy, Coolest Non-Student and Freshman, as well as new ones like Slacktive and Fishy.

The audience seemed to love the videos the Academy created this year. One of the highlights was a parody of a Jimmy Kimmel skit that had professors read mean comments by students.

Staying true to tradition, the Friday More Honors ceremony was followed by the AUBG Alumni Challenge. The all-day event has current and former students face off in a number of competitions, including sumo wrestling, a whisper challenge, flunkyball and beer pong. 

At the end of the day, the alumni came out on top, defeating the freshmen 6 to 1. 

The weekend ended  on April 22 with the 13th AUBG Olympics, a two-day event where students compete in multiple sports disciplines. Hundreds of people walked in and out of the baseball field in Blagoevgrad's Bachinovo Park to play tennis, basketball, dodge ball, arm wrestling and others. 

Every year the organizers bring a sports celebrity to award the winners and this time was no exception. Legendary Bulgarian swimmer Petar Stoychev arrived to give this year's champions their medals. 

Story by Martin Georgiev

Photos by the More Honors Academy, Snezhana Boyadzhieva for AUBG Daily, Zhaklin Dib and Bojan Mircheski

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