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“I need some break!” – thought Nataliia Tkachenko after receiving her Master’s degree at Kirovograd University. Having decided that she did not want to start working immediately as an English teacher, whom she had been supposed to be, it appeared to a young girl that the best way to spend her time profitably and relax after 6 years of intensive studying was to become a volunteer. Searching through the Internet for the possible options Nataliia’s interest was kindled by Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) about which she gladly told the students of KSPU at the meeting that took place on 19 April, 2017 at the Faculty of Foreign Languages.

The main aim of ARSP is to establish friendly relations among the nations through fighting discrimination, racism and prejudices. The volunteers from different corners of the world, who are lucky to participate in achieving this noble goal, get a chance to spend a year working in one of ARSP placements. During this year young people, aged 18-27, can develop better and deeper understanding of history, broaden their mind-set and become closer to other cultures.

Nataliia’s point of destination was Poland. Being sure that she was going to work in Wrocław, the city that appealed to her imagination due to the magnificent sights, the girl was a little bit confused when she was offered another place – Oświęcim (Auschwitz). “The first associations that come to your mind hearing this name are not positive: the image that appears in front of your eyes is more likely to be the former German concentration camp where more than one million people, mostly Jews and Poles, were exterminated. But soon I knew another  Oświęcim - a beautiful ancient town that has a rich history. The perspective to be involved in the work of the International Youth Meeting Centre, a kind of educational institution, inspired me” – Nataliia told the students.

Arriving in Oświęcim as a volunteer the girl was provided with accommodation and a sum of money to cover food and basic necessities expenses. The first month was totally devoted to training: she attended seminars learning a lot of intriguing facts about the Second World War period. When the course was over Nataliia’s workdays began: her primary task was to accompany international groups, who came to visit Auschwitz museum. But being a creative personality Nataliia also took part in the organization of various workshops and exhibitions. When the year of this enriching experience came to the end, the girl understood that she was not ready to leave the place where her heart belonged to. By happy fortune the centre had a vacancy for that time which Natalia applied for and was accepted.

Besides volunteering background, Nataliia also shared her experience in mastering different languages. She knows five languages, including Ukrainian, Russian, English, Polish, German, and currently is mastering the sixth one – Hebrew (the knowledge of which she kindly demonstrated in front of the audience  who agaping with wonder bore in mind their own struggles in mastering at least two languages). Nataliia claims that her secret is absolute language immersion. Having remembered one week spent in Germany after which she returned to Poland with a groundbreaking bundle of the German language knowledge, Nataliia assured that the best language teachers are native speakers, who in relatively short period of time can present you with practical knowledge of the language.

Another interesting point for discussion emerged when Nataliia was asked about the peculiarities of living abroad and the differences in Polish-German-Ukrainian mentality. Highly appreciating our neighbours’ determination, straightforwardness, and activeness, the girl mentioned that these are the features Ukrainians should develop. However, we are easier in becoming real friends: the Poles and the Germans are very cautious with letting people in their private space.

The meeting turned out to be a very successful informal event. Nataliia showed us the importance of knowing history for creating more prolific tomorrow, encouraged for further efforts in mastering languages and through her own example proved that volunteering is one of the best ways for those who still do not know which life direction to choose and where to search for inspiration.


P. S. If you also got interested in ARSP, you can visit

either its international website

or the Ukrainian one


Yana Hrebeniuk,


a third-year student, Faculty of Foreign Languages, KSPU



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Young generation admires W. Shakespeare's poetry

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On the 20st of April, 2017 the English-Speaking Union Ukraine welcomed semi-finalists of the National Shakespeare Competition 2017. Twenty-nine participants from different educational establishments of Kirovograd region gathered in Volodymyr Vynnychenko Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University. Talented reciters delivered the sonnets of one of the most well-known poet, playwright and actor of the English history William Shakespeare. National Shakespeare Competition is an annual event run by the English-Speaking Union Ukraine to honour the prominent artist as well as to find new talents among the Ukrainian youth.

This year the rules were changed a little bit. Each participant had to select, memorize and perform one sonnet from Shakespeare's 154 sonnet cycle for Round 1 (make a video presentation), and a different one for Round 2. Students could not wear costumes or use props of any kind (including chairs, jewellery, items of clothing, etc.). Music accompaniment was not allowed. When all the participants performed their sonnets the jury chose 9 finalists who had to recite the sonnet they had prepared for Round 1.

The competition provided a great possibility to display the knowledge and skills students had. At the beginning of the competition the Dean of the Foreign Languages Department, Dr. Oleksandr Bilous welcomed the participants and encouraged them to have unforgettable experience and enjoy performing.
This year one of the judges was a Community Development Specialist with the U.S. Peace Corps Mrs. Gail Flister Vallieres. She was very glad to meet such talented students. The other judges were
Head Methodologist of the Foreign Languages and International Education Exchanges Center of Kirovograd Regional In-Service Institute Iryna Kossa and ESU representatives: Dr. Margaryta Danilko, Dr. Laryssa Yarova and Dr. Nadiia Ivanenko. It was difficult for them to choose the very best from the best!

Every participant made all the efforts to recite the chosen sonnet as well as possible. Some performances took audience’s breath away. Having a long discussion after the 2nd stage, the judges announced three winners. Dariia Ivashchenko, a 3 year student of the Faculty of Foreign Languages placed first. A 2 year CUSPU student Karyna Kovalchuk took the second place. And the third place - Helen Zabedilina, 2 year CUSPU student. All the winners were awarded with the prizes from the ESU Ukraine.

Participation in this contest helps students to develop speaking skills and discover the beauty of Shakespeare's poetic language that promotes understanding and learning of the  English language and literature. In this way, the English-Speaking Union is trying to attract young people to the interactive study of the works of the English literature, develop their skills in public speaking.  

We decided to take part in this competition to test our declamatory and public speaking skills. It was a great pleasure to perform in front of such audience and to listen to other participants. This competition gave us energy boost, unbelievable emotions and memories. The victory inspired everyone to new achievements and self-improving. We love William Shakespeare! And performing the sonnet we felt as if we were real actors on the Globe Theatre stage. So we wish everybody to experience such emotions. Just learn by heart a sonnet and try yourself! You’ll be shocked at your inner power!

Karyna Kovalchuk

Helen Zabedilina,


the winners of the NSC 2017





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Congratulations to the winners of the English-Speaking Union Ukraine Shakespeare Competition 2017!

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I place – Daria Ivashchenko

(Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University,

3 Year)


II place – Karyna Kovalchuk  

(Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University,

2 Year)


III place – Olena Zabedilina

(Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University,

2 Year)




We highly appreciate all the efforts made by the participants and wish them every success in their future endeavors! 

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The ESU Ukraine is delighted to announce the semi-finalists of the National Shakespeare Competition 2017!

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The semi-finalists are listed in random order:

  1. Ivashchenko Daria
  2. Haliatovska Viktoria
  3. Stepaniuk Liza
  4. Kovtunenko Kate
  5. Budun Viktoriia
  6. Diachenko Anna
  7. Makhmudova Jasmina
  8. Honcharenko Maryna
  9. Tynkaliuk Ivanna
  10. Gerasymenko Anastasiia
  11. Lyashchenko Anna
  12. Bezuhla Alina
  13. Puchnina Daria
  14. Kovalchuk Karyna
  15. Borshchenko Alina
  16. Salamashenko Karolina
  17. Zabedilina Helen
  18. Maiboroda Yuliia
  19. Krykotnenko Oleksandra
  20. Chernenko Helen
  21. Corsa Yuliia
  22. Hluschenko Ann
  23. Tsukanova Valeriia
  24. Dzhus Helen
  25. Lugovaya Ann
  26. Levchenko Helen
  27. Vovchenko Nataliia
  28. Remizova Ann
  29. Pogribna Ann


The semi-finalists are invited to take part in the Final Stage of the competition which starts at 10.30a.m. on 20April, 2017 inthe KSPU library building.(Kropyvnytskyi, 1Shevchenko Street, a new building, 2 Floor).

Registration is at 10.00 a.m.

At the Semi-Final participants are to recite a sonnet different from the one presented at Round 1.

At the Final participants are to recite the same sonnet they presented at Round 1.





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WARNING:Keep people with empty stomachs and extreme love to the squirrel and raccoon cartoon characters away from this article!


Hamburgers, hot dogs, turkeys, doughnuts, corns, organic food. Such a fountain of stereotyped answers got Vickie Nailing, the representative of the US Peace Corps in Kropyvnytskyi, when she asked the students of KSPU what images appear in their head when they hear such words as “American food”. Proving our stereotyped vision of this issue, Vickie brilliantly crashed all our illusions and devoted the whole meeting that took place on March 30th at the Faculty of Foreign Languages to the creation of an unusually new guise of this part of the American culture.

Vickie decided to join the Peace Corps because she was fond of exploring new cultures and getting acquainted with new people. But that was not the only reason. She wanted to open a new image of America to the world because a lot of people looked at her native country through the prism of stereotypes. Having succeeded in this mission in many countries, in 2016 Vicky came to Ukraine where she continues working on this task.


Vickie started our exploration of America with food. To show us that it is not as simple as it looks like Vicky showed us one of the Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmer series who while travelling along the Gulf Coast tried cooked nutrias, squirrels and raccoons (the cartoon lovers if you’ve read to this point, remember: you’ve been warned!). And it is the peculiarities only of the cuisine in the southern part of the USA! Each region can boast some dishes which seem “exotic”, but they are quite normal for the Americans. If you are lucky to be in America and not afraid of the gastronomical experiments you can even try the crocodile meat!


Giving a few minutes for us to recover from the shock, Vickie came to not such weird dishes which also did not leave us indifferent. She made for us an interesting discovery – Soul Food. The origins of soul food can be traced back to Africa. Foods such as okrarice, and sorghum (also known as "guinea corn”) were introduced to the Americans as a result of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. They became dietary staples among enslaved Africans and now comprise an important part of the cuisine of the American south in general. Among the most prominent examples of soul food are fried chicken, mustard and collard greens, sweet potatoes, fried green tomatoes, hushpuppies (balls of deep-fried cornmeal, usually with salt and diced onions) and cornbread.



And, of course, Vickie could not skip the desserts (that would be so cruel of her!). Showing us the photos of red velvet cakes, pecan pies, banana puddings, sweet potato pies, southern caramel cakes, Vicky forced a lot of people in the auditorium regret they had missed their breakfast and note all the names of the dishes to try to cook these masterpieces at home. But number one of the class chart “The dish I would definitely try to cook and eat” was banana bread! The one Vickie cooked herself looked so deliciously at the picture that everybody was eager to try it as soon as possible!Vickie Nailing has completely ruined our stereotyped vision of the simple American food. She has opened a new side of the USA which we were amazed to know. Being a person of extremely positive energy she created such a friendly atmosphere in the classroom, that during the meeting everyone was encouraged to communicate, share, discuss and continue discovering  new America! Vickie, we are looking forward  to the next meeting which, I am sure, will be accompanied with a cup of tea and a piece of banana bread!


P.S. If you can’t get out of head the idea of banana bread as I do, here is the link how to cook it: Enjoy!



Yana Hrebeniuk, a third-year student, Faculty of Foreign Languages, KSPU



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The English-Speaking Union Ukraine has great pleasure in announcing the National Essay Writing Competition 2017.

The competition is open to all Ukrainian students  aged 16-22.

Each competitor should write in English  an original personal opinion essay on the theme:

“The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success”. While exploring the topic you should:

  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.
  • Explore how it affected you.
  • Discover what you learnt from the experience.

The Deadline for submitting an essay is 15 June 2017.

 Essay requirements:

  • The essay  must be written in English.
  • Your writing should be based on the structure of a personal opinion essay.
  • The word counts are 500-600 words.
  • The essay must be typed with double spacing, 14 point Times New Roman.
  • Your last name should appear in the upper right corner of each page of your essay.
  • The essay must be inventive and original, clearly and concisely written.  We want to hear your individual voice, representing your own research and ideas.
  • If a quotation is used, be sure to identify the source of information.
  • Plagiarism will result in disqualification from this and any future English-Speaking Union Competitions.

To apply for competition the student must fill in a registration form (take the form on the Website:

The essay and a filled in form must be sent by email to the address:

The judges will assess the essays according to the following criteria:

  • Contents, reasoningandevidence
  • Development and analysis of  arguments
  • Language use
  • Coherence, logics
  • Structure

The results of the National Essay Writing Competition 2017will be announced in September 2017 on the website

The winners will be awarded.

Please, feel free to contact us in case of any questions.

Contact details of the ESU Ukraine:


  • Tel.:+380509179515,+380672546400
  • Address: the ESU Ukraine, Room 706, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kirovograd State Pedagogical University, 1 Shevchenko Street, Kropyvnytskyi, 25006, Ukraine.
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International student seminar in Bad Liebenzell

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Flying on a plane, meeting with a marvelous and mysterious soul of Germany, living in the real mountain castle founded in the 12th century, discussing  topical problems of the digital world, creating unique projects, improving public speaking skills – all these things that happened during the German-Polish-Ukrainian seminar “Learning from history” will always stay in the memories of six students from Kirovograd State Pedagogical University, who were lucky enough to have the possibility to take part in it.

The first day in Germany was full of expectations, the Ukrainian participants were impressed by an enormous Frankfurt airport, and it was difficult to realize how far it is from our homeland. On the train station in a small town Bad Liebenzell we were met by Gertrud Gardenberger– one of the main organizers of the project. When we finally reached the Burg Liebenzell castle, situated  on a high mountain , and met our friends from Germany and Poland, the day was almost over. We shared  our expectations considering the project, came to know the schedule of our work and got acquainted with seminar facilitators.

The next days were full of team work and discussions. We were discovering the problem of hate speech which is widely reflected in the social media and tried to figure out the possible solution to it. The meeting with Mahmud, a refugee from Palestine, who told us his own tragic life story, persuaded each of us that the decisions a person makes can depend on very different and difficult life situations and none has a right to judge or humiliate him for these determinations. One of the guest speakers was a student of Tubingen University who told us about the dangerous consequences caused by anti-European mindset and cleared up the meaning and functions of the European Union itself. After that we were about to divide into groups and choose our own way to interpret the problem of the hate speech.

A day in Stuttgart appeared to be a brilliant opportunity to visit the House of History (Haus der Geschichte) and to see the installations connected with the life of different refugees. All these people had one common thing – they were forced to leave their own countries just to stay alive. Their true stories together with their possessions (a necklace, a dress, shoes, an exercise book) helped the students to see real people, who lost everything because of war, and seeked for asylum in Germany. The second part of the excursion was dedicated to the German history beginning from the 18th century. The inspired students returned back to Bad Liebenzell and were ready to start working on their own projects.

While working in groups and analyzing cases of hate speech in the social media and the consequences it may lead to, the participants became well aware of the destructive power of hate speech. The teamwork on the projects being very interesting and challenging united the students. The outcome of this work were researches, poems, a cartoon and even a website.

During the five day seminar we learnt about the problems of rising hate all over digital world, discussed how the web is changing society’s struggle to protect individual and collective rights, developed our critical thinking skills, worked in groups and discovered how we must change our habits to counteract hate speech, did field research, interviewed in order to explore the issue of hate speech and participated in the “Open-Space” sessions. A lot of new things were explored, a great amount of work was done, and all the participants got an incredible experience and became more knowledgeable about the problems of discrimination and hatred in the digital world. What is more, we made friends and understood that we are strong when united.

We are extremely grateful to the organizers of the project for their hospitality, support and the fascinating atmosphere that prevailed during the seminar. These memories will warm our hearts long after!


Nataliia Mykhailova, Milana Yurakh, Roman Kosiuh, Bohdana Heva, Alina Borshchenko, Maksym Korolov, students of Foreign Languages Department KSPU






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67…I would have paid a million dollars to the person who had shot an astonished expression on my face when Gail Flister Vallieres, the Community Development Specialist of the US Peace Corps, revealed me her age. This woman with shining eyes and youthfully positive outlook on life seems to have an endless margin of energy which she generously shared with the students of KSPU at the meeting that took place on 2 March, 2017 at the Faculty of Foreign Languages.

After the retirement from the post of an accountant in 2011, a new chapter of Gail’s life began: she joined the Peace Corps - a service opportunity for motivated changemakers that helps them to delve into a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of present generation. Gail emphasized that the main mission of the Peace Corps is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Now the US Peace Corps has volunteers in more than 60 countries and Ukraine is lucky to be in this list.

The first Gail’s encounter with our country happened in 2013. Before arriving to Kropyvnytskyi, she spent 3 months of intensive training in Chernigiv. Besides the strenuous learning of Ukrainian and Russian, she had a chance to discover our culture, traditions and customs, the majority of which Gail drew from the host family, whose members she described as “people with hearts of gold”. (Lady Halyna, Gail’s story about your holybtsi made all the present to salivate!)

Because of an unstable political situation in Ukraine, Gail spent 2015 in Moldova which was “a completely different experience” for her. Here she:

  • worked in the construction college, where the volunteer helped in teaching business, as English is considered to be an essential element for succeeding in the business sphere;
  • participated in arranging a social project devoted to environmental problems, in which the girls took photos in their prom dresses on the background of rubbish to raise the awareness on environmental issues;
  • taught elderly people to work with the computer;
  • learned to make wine (!);
  • conducted a 4-day kayak trip on the Dnister (how many of you can boast the same things?).

In 2016 Kropyvnytskyi welcomingly met Gail for the second time. Now she is working with the NGO Flora, the purpose of which is to protect rights and encourage civic participation among teenagers. Besides Gail’s volunteering work at the schools, she can be found in the English club that is situated at the Chyzhevskyi library and holds the meetings from Monday till Thursday at 17:00. She tries to make every class unforgettable, choosing topics for discussion which are both interesting and challenging, and is happy to see all the willing to improve their English there!

Such people as Gail are the greatest inspiration for young generation! The slightest glance at this magnificent woman reminded me what possibilities there are in my hands and that it is only me who controls my fate. When Gail was asked what actress she would like to see playing the leading role in her biopic, the woman answered she would be proud to view Meryl Streep in this guise. But, Gail, believe me: it is Meryl Streep who should be proud of playing you, because your story is definitely worth knowing!


                                    Yana Hrebeniuk,


a third-year student, Faculty of Foreign Languages, KSPU






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We invite pupils and students to join us for the 2017 ESU Ukraine Shakespeare Competition!

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The 2017 English-Speaking Union Ukraine Shakespeare Competition will take place on 1-20 April 2017 at  Kirovograd State Pedagogical University.

The Competition is open for 10-11 form school pupils and 1-6 year of studying university students.


Round 1:

1.      Make a video presentation of one sonnet and save it on Youtube. Take the sonnet only on the site.

2. Download an application form from the ESU web-site ( Heading “Our Projects”, Shakespeare Competition)Fill in the form, indicating the reference to the video presentation on Youtube.

3.   Send the application form with a link on the presentation in Youtube by email to Write your surname as the name of the document.


The Deadline for application forms and video presentations is 1 April, 2017.


The results of Round 1 will be announced on 10April 2017 on the ESU site and semi-finalists will be invited to take part in the final of the competition.


Round 2:

1.      Semi-finalists learn and recite a different sonnet by W. Shakespeare in the final stage of the competition. It will be held on 20 April 2017.


·         Each participant must select, memorize and perform one sonnet from Shakespeare's 154 sonnet cycle for Round 1, and          a different one for Round 2;

·         The sonnet must be complete (no cutting of lines in the sonnet is allowed);

·         Presentation should be shot indoors, in one place, at one time in sequence;

·         Full length shot, formal style;

·         Students can not wear costumes or use props of any kind (including chairs, jewelry, items of clothing, etc.);

·         Music accompaniment is not allowed.

Presentations, which do not meet the above mentioned requirements, will not be taken into consideration.

Through the Shakespeare Competition students develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of the English language and literature.

In the English-Speaking Union Ukraine Shakespeare Competition students:

·         Get engaged in an interactive, performance-based study of the English literature.

·         Participate in the close reading of Shakespeare's text through intellectual, physical and vocal engagement.

·         Develop critical thinking and close reading skills.

·         Increase their self-confidence with public-speaking.

·         Discover and explore the beauty of complexity of Shakespeare's poetic language and classic themes.

·         Bring the timeless works of Shakespeare to life and learn to express his words with understanding, feeling and clarity.

To learn more about the Competition and the English-Speaking Union Ukraine, visit  Contact us by email/by mobile phone:

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NPSC 2017: only the winner takes it all?

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Since my first year at university I’ve heard a lot about the National Public Speaking Competition (NPSC) held by the English-Speaking Union, but decided to participate only when I was a third-year student. What a surprise it was when, with the first try, I appeared to be the runner-up of the competition! The only thing I regret that I haven’t taken part in it earlier. For those who still doubt whether they should try to become the part of this incredible contest, my strongest recommendation: DO IT!

The first thing that is worth noticing is organization. This year it was the second time America House welcomingly invited the participants from all over Ukraine to compete for the opportunity to present our country in the International Public Speaking Competition that will be held in May 2017 in London.

The event took place on January 28th and consisted of 2 stages: semi-final and final. In the semi-final 17 word-painters presented their prepared speeches on the topic “Label jars, not people”. They interpreted the theme the way they understood it and after finishing the speech they had to answer various questions from the Question team, audience and the judges.

For the Final only 7 participants were chosen to present impromptu speeches. This is the hardest stage of the competition because having only 10 minutes for preparation you are to deliver a 3-minute speech on a proposed theme. With trembling hands and eyes full of desire to win, all the participants did a great job and successfully coped with this task. After an intense discussion the judges finally announced Kateryna Ilchenko, a student of Kyiv National University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’as the winner of NPSC 2017!

Despite the spirit of competition, it was extremely pleasant to observe friendly atmosphere that seemed to occupy the whole America House. During the breaks between the stages of the competition, the participants had a chance to communicate with each other, the judges and guests. I was amazed when after the semi-final a lot of people came to me willing to discuss my speech and ask me additional questions. It was so enjoyable to be surrounded by people who are so interested in what you are doing!

It was the first time when the NPSC was broadcasted online and now this video is easilyaccessible on Youtube channel of America House (watch! like! comment!). Though it was an additional pressure to feel that you would be watched not only by the people in front of you, it is a great step forward in popularizing the NPSC in Ukraine. The participants who are only going to try their hands for the first time can get a more vivid picture of the whole event, those who come back can analyze their performances and correct mistakes and the winners can just enjoy their moment of fame one more time.

The NPSC is not the contest of the English language knowledge. It develops your communicative skills, teaches you the art of persuasion, expands your mind-set, builds confidence and, of course, takes away fright. Perhaps, it was fear that didn’t allow me to participate earlier. I was too terrified not to justify my own expectations, to speak in public and express my opinion radically. But believe me: a few days after the competition you realize that all your fears are worthless. The NPSC turns you not only in a convincing speaker but also a confident person with broad outlook.

I want to express my sincerest thanks to all the ESU members and especially to the ESU Ukraine Chairman Margaryta Danilko for organization of the NPSC, to America House for warm reception and also for providing all the participants, non-residents of Kyiv, with accommodation and tickets to the capital, to the judges for their comments and fair decisions and, of course, to all the participants for unforgettable memories.

If you try to find the direction you want to follow in your life, the NPSC is the greatest place to search. You could not even imagine how I regret that I would not have the opportunity to compete next year because I’ll be out of age, but if you have a chance to participate – use it! Don’t be afraid to lose. Believe me: for yourself you’ll be a winner anyway!

Yana Hrebeniuk, the runner-up of NPSC 2016-2017,


a third-year student, Faculty of Foreign Languages, KSPU