By Florence Avakian
ARMONK, N.Y. — Sevag Boyadjian, 15, and Marina Gejekoushian, 17, two gifted students from Jerusalem’s Sts. Tarkmanchatz School, were chosen to participate in this year’s Summer High School Conference at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. This program was initiated and organized by seminary Dean Rev. Mardiros Chevian, and funded by several donors.
This year, the main benefactors of the project were Russell and Susan Kashian (Muskege, WI), with support by George and Lorraine Marootian (Franklin Lakes, NJ), Vicken and Rosette Arslanian (Englewood, NJ), Joseph and Kristine Casali (Ramsey, NJ), Steven and Karen Nargizian (Franklin Lakes, NJ),Gregory and Meline Toufayan (Saddle River, NJ), Glen and Kristin Dabaghian (Ramsey, NJ), Keith and Karyn Bilezerian (Wrentham, MA), Jonathan and Therese Najarian (Hillsdale, NJ), and Paul Derderian (Rye, NY).
Both students are proud Armenians who “love our history, our people, and our friends who are mostly Armenian.” They attribute these feelings to their families, and to Sts. Tarkmanchatz School which has taught them “our language, culture and history, as well as how to be a good Armenian.” The school that includes kindergarten to the 12th grade, has been applauded for its highly rated academic standards.
The school has approximately 150 students, the vast majority of which are Armenian. The few non-Armenian students are enrolled because of the school’s reputation in the community of having a safe environment and a high level of education.
Its principal for the past 11 years has been the Very Rev. Norayr Kazazian. “He is very caring, funny and knows how to take care of the school,” says Gejekoushian, adding that he fixed the walls, had the new classrooms painted, and hired new highly experienced teachers, including Arabs and Jews, though most of the teachers are Armenian.