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January - March 2018
GALA TO HONOR THE LEGACY
OF GEORGE MARDIKIAN
Hundreds gathered on Saturday, February 10, 2018, as the Armenian Displaced Persons (“DP”) Community reunited to honor the legacy of humanitarian, philanthropist, and visionary George Mardikian. The evening was filled with laughter, tears, fond memories, and countless tributes to a great humanitarian who was so instrumental and generous in ensuring the safe arrival of our DPs to America.
Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian led a special unveiling ceremony of a statue honoring George Mardikian. The statue was made possible through the initiation and efforts of community member Haig Kelegian, who received the evening’s Mesrobian Spirit Award. In addition, Karpo Dilanian, who filmed and documented life in the Armenian DP Camp, received the Mesrobian Legacy Award, and Dr. Boris Bagdasarian (Class of 1982), Hematologist/Oncologist, received the 2018 Mesrobian Alumni Achievement Award.
A documentary about George Mardikian, 'Song of a Warrior', made by Shauna Vartanian and Yervand Von Kochar was screened along with a teaser for a documentary film by Ara Madzounian titled, 'The Remnants'.
Along with Bagramian Hall, Tumanjan Hall, Holy Cross Cathedral, and the Armenian Genocide Martyrs Monument, Mesrobian School is the crown jewel of the ‘DP’ community’s achievements and Mesrobian is proud to have joined in this effort to honor Mr. Mardikian’s legacy and all those who helped plant the roots of the community that is flourishing today.
THE MESROBIAN TIMES
Volume 1 Issue 1
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Gary Kizirian's Speech:
We, as, Armenians in the Diaspora hold our homeland very dear to our hearts, though, our beloved homeland is in a desperate time of need. Currently, Armenia has many difficulties in terms of economy, technology, and education, however, there are many ways that we as Armenians can help. Today, Armenia’s economy heavily relies on manufacturing, services, remittances, agriculture, and unfortunately, bribes. Russia’s influence and Armenia’s weak government infrastructure help to brew government cronyism and corruption. As a result, the country depends on loans from the World Bank, and the Russian Federation. Armenia’s economy currently doesn’t foster much competition and privatization as shown in both of their natural gas and railroad providers, both Russian state owned companies.
Armenia’s lack of sea or ocean access damages Armenia’s import-export capabilities. The closed borders between Turkey and Azerbaijan don’t help this situation any further. Armenia’s exports are transported using aircraft and railways, immediately raising prices. To be specific, the railways are owned by the Russian South Caucasus Railways. Armenia, although thriving, has not succeeded in increasing and diversifying exports beyond raw materials, showing a greater vulnerability to external shocks. These exports mainly reach Russia, Georgia, and the PRC.
Many of Armenia’s talented individuals and exceptional graduates, particularly men between the ages of 20-50, leave to seek better opportunities throughout the world; never to return. At this rate, in the near future, Armenia will face a severe lack of labor needed in the country, terribly damaging the Armenian economy going forward.
Based on this research, it is clear that Armenia must gain experience with free market ideas, such as company privatization, and competition to help the economy. We, as Armenians, must help encourage large companies, businesses, and especially other Armenians to invest in Armenia. Formation of a considerable Armenian capital base in the Diaspora creates greater economic stability and growth in our homeland. Armenia already has world class lucrative investment opportunities in the works in which people from the Diaspora can invest and participate, creating huge profits for shareholders and investors. Armenia must establish treaties with their neighboring countries so they can have access to the Black, or Caspian Seas, in an effort to create more import-export routes. Armenia must also create an environment that will not only make people stay in the country, but attract great minds from all over the world, helping to create new opportunities and jobs in technology.
This is a wakeup call for all Armenians, throughout history we have survived many struggles, though now,it is time to show the whole world who we really are and how we can all unite as one to save our nation in a time of need.
AEF High School Oratorical Contest
The Armenian Educational Foundation’s annual High School Oratorical Contest was held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the American Legion Hall in Pasadena. Mesrobian High School students Ani Khachigian, 11th grade, and Gary Kizirian, 9th grade, represented the school at the event.
Ճառախօսութիւն - Անի Խաչիկեան
«Կանայք աշխարհի մարգարիտներն են, որոնք դարձնում են այն կատարեալ գեղեցիկ եւ ներդաշնակ: Կանայք մարդկային ցեղի, առա՛ջին դաստիարակներն են»: (Հիպէլ)
Դեռ հնագոյն ժամանակներից հայ կանայք գրեթէ հաւասար իրաւունքներ են ունեցել հասարակութեան մէջ: Յետագայո՛ւմ, ազդուելով օտար ազգերից, հայ տղամարդը կնոջ նայել է միա՛յն իբրեւ սերունդ շարունակող եւ տնային տնտեսութիւնը վարող անհատի:
Հայկական Զարթօնքը մտածողութեան եւ ըմբռնումների մեծ փոփոխութիւն մտցրեց հայ ժողովրդի մէջ: Փոփոխութիւններից գլխաւորը եղա՛ւ կանանց կրթութեան ազատութեան հարցը: Պոլսում ծայր առած ֆեմինիստական շարժման առաջնորդներ՝ Սրբուհի Տիւսաբ, Սիպիլ, Զապէլ Եսայեան, Մառի Պէյլէրեան իրենց գրականութեամբ տարածում էին ազատամիտ գաղափարներ: Եսայեան, ցանկանում էր կնո՛ջը տեսնել հասարակական բոլոր ասպարէզներում իբրեւ գործօն անձ, հաւասար իրաւունքներով կանգնած տղամարդկանց կողքին:
Հայաստանի Առաջին Հանրապերութիւնը առաջին յառաջադէմ պետութիւնն էր, որ կանանց տուել էր ընտրելու եւ ընտրուելու իրաւունք: Հանրապետութիւնը Ճաբոնիայում Հայաստանի դեսպանութիւնը վստահած էր Տիանա Աբգարին: Իսկ Խորհրդային Հայաստանը ունէր կին գիտաշխատողներ, բժիշկներ, ուսուցիչներ, պաշտօնների ղեկավարներ: Սակա՛յն, հաւասար իրաւունքներ ունենալով հանդերձ, կանայք կառավարութեան մէջ դերակատարութիւն չունէին:
Հայաստանի երրորդ Հանրապետութեան վերականգնունից յետոյ կանանց դերը, մասնաւորաբար քաղաքական կեանքում, մեծացա՛ւ: Այսօր ունենք կին նախարարներ եւ խորհրդարանի պատգամաւորներ: Սակայն, գործնականում տակաւին հաւասարութիւն գոյութիւն չունի:
Այսօ՛ր, ուզում եմ շեշտել Հայաստանում պարզուած այն իրողութիւնը, որ կանայք դեռ եւս ենթարկւում են ընտանեկան բռնութիւնների, հակառակ արձանագրուած խիստ օրէնքին: Ինչը նշանակում է, որ Հայաստան դեռ պատրաստ չէ կնոջ տալու հաւասարութեան իրաւունքը:
Հայաստանի բնակիչներուն կեանքը փոխելու եւ հայ կնոջ արդար իրաւունքները վերականգնելու համար, նա՛խ պէտք է կրթե՛լ հասարակութեանը: Աշխարհ պէտք է իմանայ, որ քաղաքակի՛րթ Հայաստանը, չի կարող ոտնակոխ անել իր նուրբ, բայց ուժեղ զաւակների իրաւունքը: Կնոջը իրաւունքները տալով, վստահեցնո՛ւմ եմ, ՀԱՅ ԿԻՆԸ մնում է գիտակից, աւանդապաշտ դաստիարակ, ուժեղ անձնաւորութիւն, պարտաճանաչ ու անձնազոհ իր ընտանիքի, ազգի ու հայրենիքի բարօրութեան համար:
Ամերիկայի Միացեալ Նահանգներում սեռերի հաւասար իրաւունքները օրէնքով ամրագրուած է: Ամերիկացի կինը դերակատարութիւն ունի երկրի քաղաքական ու տնտեսական ասպարէզների բարւօք յառաջդիմութեան մէջ: Սակայն հո՛ս եւս, կինը ենթարկւում է սեռական ոտնձգութիւնների եւ խտրականութեան, միայն այն բացառութեամբ, որ դատարանում, օրէնքի առաջ, զոհը հրապարակաւ ներողութիւն է լսում իրեն անպատուող անձի բերանից:
Մի խօսքով, աշխարհի որ անկիւնն էլ գտնուենք, սեռերի հաւասարութեան կապակցութեամբ, գիտակից ու անշահախնդիր հաւատք է պէտք բոլոր մարդկանց:
Mesrobian Participates in Michink at Holy Cross Cathedral
Wednesday, March 7, marked the midway point of Lent, known in Armenian as Michink. To mark the occasion, Mesrobian School students, faculty and administration attended church service at the local Holy Cross Cathedral and served on the altar alongside the Armenian Apostolic Church clergy members.
During the afternoon luncheon, Mesrobian High School and Middle School Performing Arts Students performed a cultural program full of the following songs and dances for attendees:
«Միչինք» - “Michink”
«Սուրբ Զատիկ» - “Sourp Zadig”
«Ուրֆայի կատակ երգ» - “Ourfayi Gadagi Yerk”
Սայաթ Նովա - «Դուն Էն հուրին իս» -- Պարի բեմադրութիւնը՝ Էլիզ Գրիգորեան
Sayat Nova - “Toun Eir Hourin Is” -- Choreography by Mesrobian Parent Eliz Grigorian
«Կիլիկիա» - Giligia
Interact Club Launched at Mesrobian High School and Middle School
Mesrobian High School and Middle School is proud to officially launch its very own Interact Club, a community service club of Rotary International for young people ages 12 to 18.
“I wanted to start this organization at Mesrobian in order to help offer more local volunteer opportunities and leadership training for students,” said Ms. Christy, Mesrobian Middle School and High School Math and Science teacher, who started the Mesrobian Interact Club and is serving as its advisor. She was a member in her high school years and thought starting the club would be a good opportunity for Mesrobian students.
“We’re having our first event, a bake sale, next Tuesday to help pets,” said Andrew Mazmanian, 7th grade Interact Club member. “We want to help pets because they’re no less important than humans!”
Interact club is an organization that not only helps your local community, but it is also a way to help people internationally. Interact clubs are responsible for completing at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill.
According to their website, “Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of - Developing leadership skills and personal integrity - Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others - Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work - Advancing international understanding and goodwill.”
As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact. Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Written by Ashely Kadehjian, 10th Grade
1st and 4th Grade Reading Buddies
Look What's Happening at School!
First graders are working on their research project with the help from 4th grade class! The group project was on "People who have made a difference".
3rd Graders love Science class, especially when they learn through hands-on experiments. As they learned about semi-solids or non-Newtonian fluids they made "oobleck" and tested how a liquid can act as a solid when pressure is applied. Another favorite activity was when they were allowed to actually eat their science classwork when they displayed the moon's phases using Oreo cookies. They follow the scientific method as they form a hypothesis then test it through experiments in their groups before forming their conclusions. Learning through activities has made Science one of their favorite subjects this year.
3rd Grade Students
A glimpse into the Mesrobian Elementary Fourth Grade field trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano. The Mesrobian 4th grade took a guided tour, visited the historical street "Los Rios", and enjoyed a patio lunch together.
4th Grade Field Trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano
7th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times
Our 7th Grade stepped back in time to the Middle Ages for Mesrobian's 3rd annual trip to Medieval Times in Buena Park. They were treated to a live educational show of chivalry and knighthood while feasting on a four-course meal!!
11th Grade Field Trip to Griffith Observatory
Incredible performances by Mesrobian students were featured in the Prelacy's Weekly broadcast.
Student Performances at the Western Prelacy
11th Grade Chemistry Class went on a field trip to the Griffith Observatory. They explored the science of stars, planets, the periodic table, the tesla coil, and much more. Thank you to Z’s Crazy Good for a delicious lunch and donation to the 11th Grade Class Armenia Trip. The 11th graders had an amazing experience and enjoyed the sights that the Griffith Observatory had to offer!
Mesrobian Students Celebrate Vartananz Day
Երէկ առաւօտ Փետրուար 7-ին Մեսրոպեանի աշակերտները ոգեկոչեցին Վարդանանց տօնը։
Օրուան հանդիսավարութիւնը ստանձնած էր Ը կարգի աշակերտուհի Մէրի Ճավահիրեանը։
«Հայր եւ Որդի» արտասանութիւնը հնչեց Դ կարգի աշակերտներ Էրիք Նահապետեանի եւ Արին Սաւոյեանի կողմէ։
Ապա նախակրթարանի աշակերտները երգեցին Վարդանանցի նուիրուած փունջ մը երգեր։
Մանկամսուրի աշակերտները երգերով եւ արտասանութիւններով տօնեցին Վարդանանց տօնը։
Honor Roll G.P.A. of 3.5 and above
* High Honor Roll G.P.A. of 3.75 and above
*Anush Julie Kazaryan
My opinion about teachers. In my opinion teachers are great, they help a lot. They don’t just teach you academics. They teach you about life and how to be successful in life. Teachers can teach you a lot about life that you need to know.They will help you when you get older and make correct choices.So, yes I like teachers I think they help a lot. So that is my opinion about teachers.
First of all, teachers can help you so much.They can have a big, great impact on your life. Teachers will teach you how to have discipline and you will need that in life. They will also teach you how to control yourself and be a good person. They will also help you make the right decisions in your life and make sure you think before doing something. This will help you not do anything wrong. So you should take your teachers for granted because they are a big impact in your life.
Another reason to appreciate your teacher is because it's also not just life or your academics it's also how you feel. If your ever sad, or mad they will help you. You can go talk to them and they will make you feel better. They will also help you find solutions to your problems. If you have a problem you can talk to your teachers and they will help you solve the problem. So, any of your problems that you need help with, your teachers will help you with it. So, when you need someone to talk to your teachers will be there for you.
Teachers play a big part in your life.They teach you everything you need to know in life and to succeed. They teach you discipline, your responsibilities, and more. These teachers will help you live a successful life. They will also make sure you make the right choices and to watch what you do to not make any mistakes. Teachers are a great influence in your life. Their who help you succeed without them you wouldn’t be a good person. This is because teachers help you with everything in life.
So, be thankful for your teachers. Take them for granted, appreciate them. This is because they are who teach you everything you need to know. Without your teachers you don't succeed because they teach you about how to make the right choices and how you need to act as an adult. So, your teachers are who helped you in life and helped you succeed with your life. These teachers change your life, so take them for granted and be happy that you have them in your life and that they are able to help you. My opinion is yes, teachers are great people and great influences.
Above and Beyond
Written by Christopher Tifranian, 6th Grade
Written by Daron Yessayan, 10th Grade
BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL
Mesrobian Sport News
The Mesrobian boys varsity basketball team’s season came to an end, when they were defeated by University Prep. on February 14, 2018 with the final score of 48-34. Overall the boys varsity team had a great season, they went 7-1 in league and 10-3 overall. Led by seniors Gourgen Habeshian and Chris Sogutlu, they proved to be valuable leaders and helpful mentors to the young guys on the team. The team was lead in scoring by Daron Yessayan (sophomore), Sako Grigoryan (sophomore), and Jonathan Cinquegrani (junior).
“We had a young, mostly inexperienced core group of players, who at all times played hard and attempted to play the game the right way. The team has a strong group of underclassmen returning for next season, and I expect an even better season as Mesrobian goes for it’s 3rd consecutive International League title.” says Athletic Director, Garo Balikian.
The relationship between teammates on and off the court strengthens and grows as the season progresses. “This past season has been great, at the beginning of the season we were just teammates, but by the end we became brothers. It was even better when we won league champs. #Bulldogs4life,” says senior, team captain, Gourgen Habeshian. Junior, Jonathan Cinquegrani says, “We had an amazing season, where our whole team matured together and figured each other out. Can’t wait to win league once again next year and play with my brothers. #Leaguechamps."
The boys varsity basketball team has a bright road ahead, that doesn’t mean that there won't be some bumps along the way. We are looking forward to the 2018-2019 basketball season.
The Mesrobian Girls Varsity Basketball team has had a good season overall. With many wins came few losses, but through it all, the girl’s displayed their determination and love for the sport along with good sportsmanship. The season was successful for the players and entertaining for the spectators.
Anush Kazaryan says recently stated, “As the only freshman on the team I feel like I’ve learned a lot from the older girls. It’s been an amazing season and I can’t wait for next year’s season.”
“I’ve never felt more welcome that I have in my last two years on Mesrobian’s Varsity team. We’ve all created strong friendships that will be unforgettable. Overall, we’ve grown as a team and encourage each other to always do better.” says one of our sophomores Marine Hovsepian.
Despite the fact that our seniors are leaving, our future progress will not be hindered. Even though the seniors had a big impact on the team it does not mean that we won’t adjust to their absence. Of course they will be missed, but next year’s captains will endeavor to keep the team motivated and committed. One of our potential captains Natalie Kadehjian says, “As a potential captain I hope to take what I’ve learned from my leaders and incorporate it into my own style of leadership.” They will incorporate the skills that they've learned to successfully lead next year’s team. As we trade in our seniors for incoming freshman, we hope to step up our game, and teach them what being on this team is about.
Our senior captain Anush Ghoogasian says, “Being on a team with the girls allowed me to create friendships I never thought I would. We all encouraged each other to do better and I can’t remember a time when we weren’t happy together. This season was truly unforgettable.”
Anush’s experience is one that we hope that is recreated for everyone on the team.
GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL
Congratulations to our hardworking Mesrobian Middle School 8th grade Girls Volleyball Team for coming in 3rd place, after facing competitions from other local Armenian 8th grade Kaham Teams! Thank you to Talar Nourian who dedicated her time and coached the team. We are very proud of our Mesrobian 8th grade Kaham Girls Volleyball Team!
Mesrobian 4th Grader, Christopher Antreasyan, Wins 3rd Place at the Kaham Chess Tournament! Over 70 Armenian students, up to 8th Grade, participated in the chess tournament. Out of twenty 4th Graders, Chris won Third Place in his age category. We are very proud of him!
Great Job to our Mesrobian Middle School 6th and 7th grade Kaham Girls Volleyball Team who did an amazing job this year. Thank you to our coaches Michelle Tervandian, Mesrobian Class of 2017 Alumna, and Arianna Arshagouni, Mesrobian High School 9th grader.
Mesrobian's Kaham Table Tennis athletes performed INCREDIBLY against tough competition at this weekend's Kaham tournament! Congratulations to all and thank you to Coach Ara Yessayan who volunteered 5 days a week to coach these athletes!!
1st Place: Lianna Karapetyan (5th Grade Girls Division)
2nd Place: Arpie Keuroghlian (6th Grade Girls Division)
2nd Place: Aram Kenderian (6th Grade Boys Division)
3rd Place: Tomas Sarkisian (5th Grade Boys Division)
MAMA MIA ITALIAN NIGHT
PAINT AND SIP NIGHT
Armenian Mesrobian School's Parent Faculty Club hosted a wonderful fundraiser for the art department. Ms. Malvina helped bring out the inner artist within the parents, grandparents, and friends of Mesrobian School
ALTERNATIVES TO SAYING "NO"
Parent Education Workshop
Parents and community members learned positive alternatives to saying NO to their child, while setting firm limits at tonight's Parent Education Workshop, where they engaged in an interactive discussion and presentation led by Dr. Tamar Bourian-Manuelian, PsyD (Mesrobian Class of 1996).
Armenian Mesrobian School's Parent Faculty Club hosted a family dinner with an italian theme. Mama Mia Italian Night!
Occupation: High School English Teacher
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, CA
Hobbies: Reading, , practicing yoga, and finding new coffee shops
Dislikes: Disorganization, traffic, constantly running out of oat milk
3 items you can’t live without: My cell phone, coffee, and yoga mat
Favorite Movie(s): The Maltese Falcon
Favorite Animal: Giraffe
Favorite Book(s): The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
What have your students taught you: That you can never have enough patience (LOL)
What is your favorite part about teaching: The "aha" moment students have in class when learning something new.
Message to Students: To always be confident,and have a positive outlook on life, because with that type of mindset they can accomplish what might've, at one point or another, seemed unimaginable.
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Boris Baghdasarian
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Izabella Tufenkjian
Dr. Bagdasarian was born and raised in Montebello, California and attended the Armenian Mesrobian School. He continued his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California. His medical school training was conducted at the Western University of Health Sciences where he graduated Magna Cum laude. Dr. Bagdasarian was chief resident in Internal Medicine at the White Memorial Medical Center and continued to specialize in Hematology, Oncology and Bone marrow transplantation at the renowned City of Hope National Medical Center and UCLA where he was chief fellow.
Dr. Bagdasarian was recognized among the top oncologists in the United States by the Scientific Research Council of America from 2007-2010. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at USC. Dr. Bagdasarian is actively involved in cancer research, in which he has been the principle investigator and co-investigator of numerous publications. Dr. Bagdasarian continues to serve the medical community as Oncology consultant for the media, appearing on ABC, CBS and CNN news.
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