LOS ANGELES — TCA Arshag Dickranian School re-opened its doors for the 29th successive year to its students with the pomp and circumstance of its traditional Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, September 1.
The event took place at the open courtyard of the school, where students ranging from pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 took their assigned places.
The Very Rev. Bared Yeretzian, representing Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Western) Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Rev. Manoug Markarian of St. John Garabed Church, Benefactors Eleanor Dickranian, Cynthia Norian, Laurel Karabian, Kevork Tashjian and Hmayak Baltayan, School Board Members George K. Mandossian, Angine Garibyan and Arpi Avanesian-Idolor were among the special guests attending the back-to-school ceremony along with the school Principal Vartkes Kourouyan.
The Opening Ceremony was led by Yeretzian, who ended his prayers by adding his blessings to the students and well wishes to all those who were present.
Avanesian–Idolor greeted the students, teachers and parents on behalf of the School Board of Trustees, reminding the students of the importance of learning and the sacrifices being made by their parents, School Board of Trustees and teachers in helping them achieve their education at Arshag Dickranian School.
Laurel Karabian next took the podium to speak on behalf of the Dickranian Family. After welcoming the students and staff, Karabian urged the students to keep the fire in their spirits as well as the torch of Arshag Dickranian School always lit.
The program was concluded by the remarks of Principal Vartkes Kourouyan who welcomed all the new and returning students alike. Kourouyan highlighted the positive changes that were made at the school during summer recess. “We are happy to announce that 50 new students have enrolled at our school this year,” said Kourouyan and added by informing the parents that the school will be concentrating on character building and standardized tests. Kourouyan also mentioned that the school will continue participating in interscholastic and national sports tournaments this year.
Kourouyan concluded his remarks by declaring the beginning of the 2009-2010 scholastic year and asked for the cooperation of everyone to achieve overall success.