It was with great pride and joy that the parish of Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston celebrated the conclusion of another successful year for its Armenian and Sunday Schools with a Closing Day Program, a Special Awards Ceremony and a “School’s Out Celebration,” on Sunday June 11.
Special Assembly Program and Awards Ceremony
The morning began in the Peter Adamian Hall with the distribution of Certificates of Appreciation to all students in both Church Schools and recognition of teachers and staff. Students, teachers and families then attended Church Services where a Special Awards Ceremony was held at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. The Ceremony was presided over by Fr. Vasken A. Kouzouian, Pastor of Holy Trinity Church, with the assistance of Yn. Arpi Kouzouian, Sunday School Superintendent, and Naira Balagyozian, Armenian School Director.
The Special Awards Ceremony began with an opportunity to facetime with a group of five young adults from the Holy Trinity parish – Gregory Dorian, Ani Hollisian, Sandra Hovsepian, Anna Margaryan and Naneh Petrosyan – who are currently participating in the Diocesan Young Adult Pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The faith of these five young adults and their dedication, devotion and commitment to their culture and heritage, is an inspiration to the younger children and teens of our Church Schools as well as the parish.
In a heartwarming moment, Fr. Vasken Kouzouian then recognized and presented to Kayla Antico, who is a Daisy Girl Scout and Sunday School Kindergarten student, a special Girl Scout pin she earned for “My Promise, My Faith.”
Yn. Arpi Kouzouian in her remarks stated that this past year was “an incredibly rewarding year! We have accomplished so much . . .” She attributed this accomplishment to Fr. Vasken, the Sunday School teachers, students, parents, the Parish Council and all the parishioners who support and encourage Holy Trinity’s Christian education ministry. She stated that “what transpires … on Sunday mornings is truly inspired by God.” The Sunday School is such a “warm, loving, lively and special place. Our staff is dedicated, smart, funny, creative, caring, kind, energetic, and so knowledgeable.” She reviewed some of the activities of this past year and her aspirations for the coming year for the Sunday School program.
Sunday School Awards
Special Awards were then presented as follows: One-Absence: Harry Goshdigian, Grade 1; Eric Ohanyan, Grade 3; Leila Belubekian, Grade 6/7; and Levon Haroutunian, Teen Seminar (Grade 8/9). Perfect Attendance: Gohar Kirakosyan, Grade. 6/7, Alina Kouzouian, Teen Seminar (Grade 8/9) (she has achieved Perfect Attendance for 10 consecutive years); Lori Dorian, Grade 10/11 (she has achieved Perfect Attendance for 13 consecutive years); and Anush Kirakosyan, Grade 10/11. Dan Teager, the Director of the Sunday School’s Music Appreciation Program, was invited to present the “Music Appreciation Award” to Gohar Kirakosyan. Eleanor Yessaian, the Grade 4 Sunday School teacher, was invited to present the “Florence Cirino Achievement Award,” which is presented to a Grade 4 student who has shown commitment, active participation and exemplary attendance. This year’s recipient was Christina Hovnanian. The “Arsha Sarkisian Award,” for “Outstanding Student of the Year,” was presented to Michael Haroutunian, a Teen Seminar student. The “Sarah Goolkasian Award,” for “Outstanding Sunday School Teacher of the Year,” was awarded to Robert Takvorian, a teacher in the Teen Seminar class.
Armenian School Awards
The Armenian School, under the direction of Naira Balagyozian, then presented its Special Awards with the assistance of Amalia Petrosyan. The “Academic Achievement Award” was presented to Armen Youssoufian; “Extra Effort Awards” were given to Gohar Kirakosyan, Meri Gyulumyan and Armen Tadevosyan. Also recognized were the teachers’ assistants – Anahid Ohanyan, Rubina Simikyan and Anush Kirakosyan – for their community service.
Fr. Vasken Kouzouian’s Remarks
In his closing words to the students, staff and parents of the Church Schools, Fr. Vasken brought everyone’s attention to the five young adults who are learning more about their faith and Armenian heritage in the ancient land of the Bible. He stated, “Those five people, who we facetimed with earlier in Jerusalem, sat where you all are sitting today. They all graduated from Sunday School and/or Armenian School, and yet, they took the time to travel with people their age to the Holy Land … to learn more about God and their culture. And that’s what Sunday School and Armenian School are all about. It’s about teaching the faith of Jesus Christ so that we may all make the right decisions in life, and reflect the God-given values that the Armenian people have held onto for generations, like so many other nationalities.”
“School’s Out Celebration” and
TMU’s 8th Tavloo Tournament Final
Following Church Services, a “School’s Out Celebration,” coordinated by Parish Council member Ani Ross Grubb with a hard-working committee, was held in the Charles & Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall where everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade salads, potato chips, desserts, and beverages.
During the “Celebration,” the Trinity Men’s Union’s 8th Annual Tavloo Tournament FInal was held between Fr. Vasken Kouzouian and Marty Nahigian. This was a spirited match with Fr Vasken emerging as the winner and being crowned this year’s “Holy Trinity Tavloo Champion.”