Fifth Grade graduates

St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School Holds Graduation Ceremonies

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WATERTOWN — In June, St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School (SSAES) completed its 35th academic year. The Graduation Ceremonies were held on June 13 (K) and June 14 (Elementary), in the presence of parents and the clergy of the local Armenian churches.

On June 14, Dr. Vartan Matiossian, executive director of the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC), attended the Elementary Graduation.

The kindergarten and elementary programs were dedicated both to honor the 35th anniversary of the school. Students celebrated this anniversary through song, poem and dance. The Elementary program was also dedicated to the 150th anniversaries of Komitas Vartabed and poet Hovhaness Tumanyan, as well as to the Armenian Press.

In her address, Principal Houry Boyamian 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. Antranig Baljian, as well as all the organizations and individuals that contribute to the advancement of the school. The School Board Chair, Levon Barsoumian, also thanked the school committees and parent volunteers. At the Kindergarten graduation night, on June 13, the Preschool Director Maral Orchanian spoke about the work they do to accomplish the Preschool goals and objectives.

On June 13, Boyamian honored three preschool teachers, Laura Terzian and Vicky Ashjian for their 10 years of service with the silver logo of the school and Anna Kupelian for her 20 years of service with a special gift from the school.

On this day, she also honored the preschool director, Maral Orchanian for her 20 years of service (10 years as a preschool teacher and 10 years as the preschool director). After highlighting the attributes of Orchanian and her commitment to the well-being of her students and teachers, the principal presented her with awards joined by Rev. Antranig Baljian, pastor of the St. Stephen’s Church and the co-chair of the education committee, Heather Krafian. Orchanian Received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia, a Certificate of Appreciation from His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy, and a special gift from the school, brought from Armenia. In addition to these, Orchanian was presented with two surprises: Isabella Balian (Class of 2014) spoke eloquently about her experience being a student of Orchanian, followed by a song performed by the preschool students dedicated to her.

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On June 14, Boyamian recognized the 20 years of dedicated service of Ardemis Megerdichian (Grades 1-5 Armenian Teacher). She stressed on the fact that she not only teaches the Armenian language and history, but she also instills in her students the Armenian spirit and immense love for Armenia. She mentioned that in addition to teaching, Megerdichian prepares the program of the Graduation Night, the program of the Graduating Class Trip to Armenia and encourages her fifth graders to write and illustrate books, that they later present to the younger grades.

Baljian, Krista Aftandilian (co-chair of the education committee) and Matiossian joined Boyamian in presenting the awards to Megerdichian who received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia, a Certificate of Appreciation from Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy, and a special gift from the school, brought from Armenia. In addition to these, Megerdichian was presented with two surprises. One of our alumni students, Meghri DerVartanian (Class of 2008) spoke about her experience being a student of Megerdichian, followed by a song performed by Grades 2 and 3 students dedicated to her.

 

Kindergarten graduates

Baljian and Boyamian presented the diplomas. Matiossian joined them on June 14 during the presentation of the awards. This year, the Prelacy Award for Excellence in Armenian Studies was the silver coin of Levon the 1st.  Coincidentally this year is the 800th Anniversary of the passing of Levon I.

On June 13, 15 students graduated from kindergarten. They are: Mary Aljalian, Kami Arzoumanian, Arianna Badrikian, Adriana Bechirian, Armen Gebeyan, Roman Ghazaryan, Avo Hacobian, Alique Iskenderian, Evelyn Mancilikli, Naira Minassian, Patrick Mulvey, Leon Nergaryan, Catalina Salibian, Tsolaire Seraderian, and Hrag Tokadjian.

On June 14, 20 students graduated from the Elementary School bringing the number of graduates to 328. They are: Vartan Arakelian, Andre Bashirians, Julia Chapian, Lara Chekijian, Sonya Haleblian, Gacia Haserjian, Saro Iskenderian, Anais Kahvejian, Lea Karapetian, Sarine Markarian, Narineh Mardiros, Zulal Mardinian, Gassia Minassian, Nareg Minassian, Nicholas Nalbandyan, Vicken Panian, Alla Petrosyan, Arinne Stepanian, Sophia Tinkjian and Nshaun Yacoubian.

2019 SSAES Awards

Special and Unprecedented Award in Mathematics awarded by the school to Vartan Arakelian, Gr.5

– 3rd Nationwide and 2nd Statewide in Math Kangaroo International Competition, in 2017

– 1st Nationwide and 1st Statewide in Math Kangaroo International Competition, in 2018

– Recipient of George Lenchner Award for a Perfect Score at the International Mathematical Olympiad (with over100,000 participants), receiving the Gold Pin for the 5th grade level and the Silver Pin for the 7th and 8th grade level, in 2019

Awards for Armenian Studies-Gr. 5

Prelacy Award for Excellence in Armenian Studies: Vartan Arakelian, Saro Iskenderian, Alla Petrosyan, Arinne Stepanian, Andre Bashirians, Lara Chekijian, Gassia Minassian, Narineh Mardiros, Lea Karapetian and Nareg Minassian

Armenian Relief Society Award for Excellence in Armenian Studies: Vartan Arakelian

SSAES Education Committee Award: Anais Kahvejian, Sophia Tinkjian for Fluency in Oral Expression

 

President’s Education Award – Gr. 5

Presidential Award for Academic Excellence: Vartan Arakelian, Lara Chekijian, Lea Karapetian, Sarine Markarian

Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement: Anais Kahvejian, Julia Chapian

 

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