Genocide Essay Competition Committee Announces Winners


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — The Armenian Genocide Committee of Greater Detroit
announced recently the winners of the third annual essay competition. Awards were presented to students at the 95th Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, hosted by St. John Armenian Church, Southfield on Sunday, April 25, before a crowd of more than 400 attendees. The competition, funded by the Hagopian Family Foundation, recognizes and awards Michigan middle and high school students who have written a successful essay on the first genocide of the 20th Century, often called “the
forgotten genocide.” This is the third year that the statewide competition has been offered to students. Edgar Hagopian and committee members David Terzibashian, Paul Kulhanjian and Richard Norsigian presented the awards as follows:

High School: first place ($500), Joy Chern, 11th Grade International Academy; second place ($250), Ari Sagherian, ninth Grade, AGBU Alex & Marie Manoogian School; third place ($100), Rachelle Abraham, 12th Grade,
West Bloomfield High School.

Middle School: first place ($250), Karoun Tcholakian, eighth grade, AGBU Alex & Marie Manoogian School, second place ($150) Ryan Synder, Clifford Smart School, third place ($100), Will Ridenour, Clifford Smart School.

In addition, each teacher of the student submitting a winning essay was given a $100 appreciation award.

Winning essays can be read on the website at

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