Prelacy Hosts Reception in Honor of Poetry Competition Winners

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, the Western Prelacy hosted the first annual Southern California Armenian Schools’ Poetry Competition at the “Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian” Hall. The event was held under the auspices of the Prelacy, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Armenia in Los Angeles, and organized by the Board of Regents of Prelacy Schools, Avan Shushi Plaza Hotel, Asbarez Newspaper, and Horizon Television.

On Wednesday, July 23rd, a reception was held at the Prelacy, presided over by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, to commend and award the winners of the competition. Executive Council Chair Mr. Vahe Hovaguimian and member Dr. Dikran Babikian were in attendance, as well as Board of Regents Co-Chair Mrs. Maggie Sarkuni and member Ms. Charlotte Sassounian, organizing committee and jury members, Prelacy Schools’ Principals and Directors, competition winners and their families.

Master of Ceremonies Dr. Babikian welcomed the guests, commended all the participants and their teachers, and expressed hope that the event becomes an annual tradition.

Mr. Alec Baghdasarian spoke of the annual Avan Shushi Plaza Hotel poetry festival and expressed hope that the festival grow year by after and become a pan-Armenian event, and announced that six youth from our community will compete in this year’s upcoming festival.

Mrs. Maggie Sarkuni thanked the organizers and commended the participants, and emphasized the importance of such events in the lives of the younger generations.

The presentation of awards followed by organizing committee members Mihran Toumajan and Nane Avagyan. Two students recited poetry on this occasion.

The event concluded with the Prelate’s message.
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His Eminence commended the organizers for initiating and successfully carrying out this important endeavor, which he stated awakens in our youth love and a bond with our culture. He commended also the students for their participation and the parents and teachers for promoting the national instruction of our youth. In conclusion, the Prelate presented books to the winners and jury members in appreciation for their participation.

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