Berj Najarian with the Hovsepian School students at the Patriots’ headquarters

Hovsepian School Students Meet with Berj Najarian at Gillette Stadium


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — On Tuesday, May 3, St. Gregory Alfred and Marguerite Hovsepian School students, parents, teachers, and administration visited Gillette Stadium, home of the six-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass., and met with Berj Najarian, the director of football/head coach administration of the New England Patriots.

The 7th and 8th grade Hovsepian School students with Berj Najarian (standing second from the left) at Gillette Stadium

Najarian graciously welcomed the 40-member Hovsepian School family from Pasadena, California, at the entrance of the stadium and gave a behind the scenes tour of the Patriots organization. The students and parents congregated in the debriefing room of the football players and had an intimate question-and-answer session with Najarian. He encouraged the students to work hard at whatever they do. “People will notice your hard work,” he said. He also expressed the joy of working with the Patriots football team and particularly with Coach Bill Belichick. He then led the group of awe-struck students and parents to the field where the championship team practices and plays. The tour concluded by visiting the adjacent office of Mr. Najarian and Coach Belichick where students witnessed the Armenian flag proudly displaced in Coach Belichick’s office.

The Armenian flag on the window of Coach Bill Belichick’s office

Hovsepian School Principal Shahé Mankerian, stated, “I’ve been doing these trips since 1999, and this is the first time meeting Mr. Najarian and visiting Gillette Stadium. I definitely think this has been one of the highlights of my trips.” Since 2005, Hovsepian School 7th and 8th grade students have visited the city of Boston on their weeklong trip to the East Coast. By visiting famous landmarks, this year-end trip familiarizes students with the rich history of New England. The journey starts from the city of Boston, makes memorable stops at New York and Philadelphia, and concludes in Washington, D.C.

From left, Berj Najarian, Hovsepian School Coach Sako Karaoghlanian and Shahé Mankerian

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