St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School 2015 Graduation Ceremonies

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WATERTOWN — In June St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School (SSAES) completed its 31st academic year. The graduation ceremonies were held on June 18 (kindergarten) and June 19 (elementary).

On both days, in her speech Principal Houry Boyamian focused on the school’s new initiatives and achievements. As new initiatives, she mentioned the introduction of the Junior First Lego League as an after-school enrichment program.  This program features a real-world challenge, to be explored through research, critical thinking and imagination.

In addition, a group of students in grades 1-5 participated in the international math competition called Math Kangaroo, in which two of the students scored outstanding results on state and national levels, she said.

The school, she noted, engages in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The scores of The Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills administered in Grades 2 and 4 that continue to be in the top 20 percent nationwide in Reading and Math, she added.

This past year the students went on the 12th Annual Graduation Class Trip to Armenia.

In fact, on June 1, the students, teachers and school board welcomed Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia. After having breakfast with the students, he visited each classroom and enjoyed interacting with the students.

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The principal thanked the faculty, the administrative staff, the PTO, the parent volunteers, the school board and committees, the St. Stephen’s Church board of trustees, Rev. Fr. Archpriest Antranig Baljian, as well as all the organizations and individuals that contribute to the advancement of the school.

On June 18, Boyamian honored with the silver logo of the school two educators, Tirouhi Bazarbashian and Vilma Cimenian, for their 10 years of dedicated service in the preschool.

This year, the kindergarten and elementary graduation programs were dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. The students presented the theme with poetry recital, dance and chorale songs. The elementary program was prepared with great expertise by Ardemis Megerdichian, the Gr.1-Gr.5 Armenian teacher.

On June 18, 14 students graduated from Kindergarten. They are: Gabriel Aljalian, Mane Arzunyan, Armen Barsoumian, Madeline Cinar, Sona Ficicyan, Garo Gebeyan, Sona Haroutunian, Carina Kalajian, Sophia Karamousayan, Gabriel Kioumejian, William Manguikian, Patil Mardiros and Ava Soghomonian.

On June 20, 10 students graduated from our Elementary School. They are: Talar Panossian, Nareg Minassian, Rose Tinkjian, Nathan Kefeyan, Ani Belorian and Narine Mahserejian.