Inter-School Recitation Contest Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, April 11, 2019, the awards ceremony for the sixth inter-school recitation contest was held at the Prelacy “Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian” Hall presided by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate. The contest was held on Saturday, March 16, at Vahan and Anoush Chamlian School with the participation of over 100 students. In attendance were members of the Board of Regents and judging panel, principals, teachers, the winnings students and their parents.

The program began with the Lord’s Prayer, after which Board of Regents Lisa Gaboudian delivered welcoming remarks giving thanks for the large number of participants this year, and expressing appreciation to judging panel members Grigor Ogaryan, Takouhi Arzoumanian, Sayat Baboumian, Kevork Bedikian, Maral Varjabedian, and Mgo Panossian for their patience and diligence, as well as to Mihran Toumajan for his efforts from the first year on.

Board of Regents member and Master of Ceremonies Sarkis Ourfalian thereafter introduced the winners from each category and invited them to the stage to receive their awards, personalized plaques and mementos of the Catholicosate in Antelias and the Genocide monument in Bikfaya. Mementos were also presented to the judging panel. The first place winners each recited their winning poem.

This year’s winners were: In the elementary division; Lorig Artinian, 1st place, (Mesrobian), Lily Haytayan, 2nd place (Marie Cabayan), Emily Semerjian, 3rd place (Chamlian), and Arpi Aivazian, 4th place (Ari Guiragos Minassian). In the junior high division; Karni Balian, 1st place, (Ferrahian), Hrag Khacherian, 2nd place (Chamlian), and Andre Giragossian, 3rd place (Chamlian). In the high school division; Alik Artinian, 1st place (Mesrobian), Ara Yacoubian, 2nd place (Pilibos), Jbid Melkonian, 3rd place (Pilibos), and Shant Hovagimian, 4th place (AGBU Manoukian).

On behalf of the judging panel, Mgo Panossian congratulated the students, encouraged them to continue speaking and reciting in our mother tongue, and read them his latest poem dedicated to Armenian youth, while Mihran Toumajan encouraged them to participate in the pan-Armenian poetry festival in Shushi over the summer.

In his closing message, the Prelate expressed his joy and pride at our students’ talents and hope for the number of participants to continue to grow each year. He blessed and commended the Board of Regents, judging panel, principals, teachers, and especially the parents for their sacrifice and devotion in instilling love and reverence for our language and heritage in the hearts of our youth, and wished for the public to be invited the following year to enjoy and applaud our students’ efforts.

The evening concluded with the Armenian national anthem.


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