Ari Guiragos Minassian School’s 32nd Annual Banquet

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, Ari Guiragos Minassian School of Orange County celebrated its 32nd anniversary with a banquet held at “Gugasian” Hall with the theme “Growing Together.” H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, attended and conveyed his congratulatory message. Forty Martyrs Church Parish Pastor Rev. Fr. Karekin Bedourian and Board of Trustees members, Board of Regents Chair Mrs. Lisa Gaboudian, School Board members, representatives of community organizations, parents, and sponsors were among the guests in attendance.

The program opened with remarks by Mr. Kevork Keshishian on behalf of the School Board. Fr. Karekin delivered the invocation. Fourth grade student Arpi Aywazian and second grade student Kristina Tatarian presented songs and recitations. Principal Ms. Sanan Shirinian spoke on the School’s latest endeavors and advancements, conveyed her thanks and well wishes to the School family and to Forty Martyrs Church Board of Trustees for their unwavering support.

The Prelate delivered his message congratulating and commending the school family. He expressed his joy at joining the community for the celebration as Ari Guiragos Minassian School has a special place in his heart dating back over thirty years and fondly recalled the School’s early days. His Eminence served as parish dean and a teacher at the School over thirty years ago.

Referencing the evening’s motto, “Growing Together,” His Eminence commended the community’s collective efforts which have led to the School’s continuous progress over the past thirty-two years. He stressed the importance of unity in our service to our parishes, schools, and our nation, stating that “in order to grow together we must work together, with harmony, goodwill, and honesty, with one mind, one accord, and one goal, the good of the collective.” He blessed the devoted servants who have dedicated their time and efforts to building churches and schools, blessed the memory of the founders who are no longer with us, and commended all those who continue to serve in their example for the flourishing of Ari Guiragos School, including the Principal, past and present board members, faculty, parents, alumni, benefactors and sponsors.

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