NEW YORK — The greater New York chapter of the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) hosted Miss Nebraska USA Alexis “Lex” Najarian 2019 on a visit to New York on June 11. TCA New York chair Hilda Hartounian and her daughter Nanor Hartounian accompanied Najarian to the Mission of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations, where they met with Ambassador Mher Margaryan, the Permanent Representative to the US and Sophia Simonyan, Deputy Permanent Representative. They then visited St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral and the headquarters of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, where they met with Bishop Daniel Findikyan, the Primate. The visit concluded with a lunch.
Najarian declared afterwards, “I visited New York hoping to learn more about Armenian culture and history. I got so much more out of the trip, organized by the Tekeyan Cultural Association! I was honored to meet Armenia’s Ambassador Mher Margaryan and Deputy Permanent Representative Sophia Simonyan. We had the chance to talk about Lyme disease as well as brainstorm about ways for me to get more involved in the Armenian community. Hilda and Nanor Hartounian then brought me to the Armenian cathedral, where I had the chance to meet Bishop Daniel Findikyan and get a tour of the beautiful St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral. We ended our day with a visit to Almayass (http://almayass.com/) for the best food I have ever had! I cannot thank everyone enough for being so welcoming and willing to teach me more about Armenian culture!”
For more on Najarian, see “Miss Nebraska Lex Najarian Vies for Miss USA 2019” (https://mirrorspectator.com/2019/03/14/miss-nebraska-lex-najarian-vies-for-miss-usa-2019/).