Celebrating the Next Generation
Khoren & Shooshanig Avedisian School Graduation
This year, graduation at the Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian High School was extra special. The students decided to present for the first time “Avedisian” Awards and recognize the benefactors and all the teachers of the School.
The ‘Most Patriotic Director’ award was given to Principal Melanya Geghamyan and “Avedisian” prizes were awarded to the Armenian Missionary Association of Armenia Representative -Mr. Harout Nercessian, Armenia Tree Project Executive Director -Ms. Jeanmarie Papelian, School Benefactor -Mr. Charles P. Bilezikian, President of the American University of Armenia -Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian and others. The motto of the awards stem from the phrase:
Երազի՛ր, Աշխատի՛ր, Վայելի՛ր, Գնահատի՛ր – “Yerazi’r, ashkhati’r, vayeli’r and gnahati’r”
The students of the School have been taught to live by this principle. They have learned to dream about a good education, pride in their country and to dream for the future. In order to achieve these dreams, hard work and contribution to the changing world around them is required.
The School’s benefactor, Edward Avedisian, praised the children’s knowledge and instruction and efforts by the teachers, all aimed at preserving the national spirit. He thanked and encouraged them to continue to maintain a high level of education for the advancement of the nation. Mr. Avedisian said that our students will have a bright and brilliant future.
In his speech, Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian -President of the American University of Armenia, recalled how two years ago he attended the opening ceremony of the School, and was especially impressed by the dedication and desire to succeed by everyone; from administrators and teachers to the student body. Mr. Der Kiureghian happily added that he was left with the same impression today. He offered some advice on learning by offering graduates to higher education if they wish to continue the American University of Armenia.
We wish all our teachers and students a good summer break as preparations are being made for the upcoming 2016-17 school year.
Avedisian School Elementary Graduation
The Graduation Ceremony of the Elementary Section (4th graders) of the Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School (housed in the Krikor and Beatrice Bilezikian Building) was held on Thursday, June 16. The Elementary students transformed to golden winged bees, delicate flowers, precursor birds and shining stars presented a beautiful program of songs and recitations. They expressed their gratitude to their teachers, who taught them to love and appreciate books and the Armenian language, promising them to study well and be good citizens of their Motherland.
We thank God for the opportunities created at the Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School for the children of Armenia. The passionate spirit to create an appealing and attractive atmosphere in an educational institution where students would love to excel and propel themselves forward has always been in the minds of the benefactors and the Armenian Missionary Association of America, who brought forth this unique educational institution.