By Lalig Musserian
BOSTON — “I watch the growth of spirit in the children who come to my class,” wrote William Saroyan in “The Human Comedy.”
There were no more appropriate words to describe the sentiment of the teachers and the guests gathered on February 11, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston to cele- brate the 30th anniversary of the Armenian Sisters’ Academy (ASA) of Lexington. The event raised close to $90,000 for the school.
There were more than 200 guests and digni- taries at the black-tie-optional event, including Ambassador Rouben and Lilit Shougarian, Very Rev. Raphael Andonian from the Holy Cross Armenian Catholic Church in Belmont and Rev. Arakel Aljalians from St. James Armenian Church of Watertown.
Boston-based Armenian artist Daniel Varoujan Hejinian was also in attendance. Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, who has three children at the school, served as master of ceremonies for the evening. Guests included alumni, the parents of alumni, parents of current students, teachers, staff and friends and supporters of the school from across the Boston-area Armenian community.
The evening’s formal program was launched by the singing of the American and Armenian national anthems by Ani Zargarian, lead singer for the Arev Armenian Folk Ensemble and an ASA alumna herself. ASA Principal Sr. Cecile