GLENDALE—Continuing Chamlian’s tradition, this year’s 8th graders were fortunate once again to visit our homeland during their spring break. The trip was truly an unforgettable experience for the 8th grade students as they visited the various monuments and schools.
Here are their reflections:
Lori Berberian: An unfathomable feeling of pride, happiness, and excitement surged through me as I watched a white crane fly across the field which lay before Ararat Mountain.
Talar Ourfalian: Going to Armenia has always been a dream to me…a few weeks ago, I lived that dream. Armenia is very beautiful.
Oorie Garabedian: Every time I visit my homeland, I have a different feeling, and every time, my love for Armenia grows.
Vicken Matiossian: I have been studying about Armenia all my life, and now I actually saw it for the first time, and I’m glad I did.
Alik Yepremian: My days in Armenia with my friends will be unforgettable and my favorite memory at Chamlian.
Talar Kassabian: As I was walking through the streets of Armenia, I felt a sense of pride that I am an Armenian in my homeland.
Vahe Yacoubian: I wish I could see Armenia again; its beauty has no limit.
Seza Atamian: The 8th grade Armenia trip was my first time seeing Armenia, but not my last.
Alexa Arejian: Going to Armenia and seeing its beauty made me proud to be called an Armenian.
Brittany Markarian: I have been waiting eight years for this trip and for the first time in my life I saw my beautiful homeland with my own eyes.
Shant Anmahouni: The beauty of Oshagan villages’ church cannot be put into words.
Shant Ohanian: April 6, 2012 turned out to be one of the most unforgettable moments in my life and I will never forget my feelings about the beautiful Ararat Mountain and Khor Virab.
Vahe Tchaghlassian: Armenia was beautiful. When I grow up, I want to live there.
Sevag Injean: When I saw Ararat, I knew I was in my homeland.
Sevag Keosseian: Upon seeing Ararat, my fourteen years of imagination came true.
Vana Babikian: Armenia changed my life. I cannot wait to visit again.
Preny Riganian: I feel proud of myself for being Armenian and for having such a beautiful country named Armenia.
Derek Petrosian: Armenia is the most beautiful country that I have ever seen, and our trip there inspired me to help Armenia when I grow up.
Sareen Khachatourian: Our 8th Grade Armenia trip was the most unforgettable, emotional and wonderful experience of my life.
Roman Hacopian: My trip to Armenia was an amazing and unreal experience that I will never forget throughout my life.
Christopher Satoorian: When I went to Armenia with my 8th grade class, my whole outlook on life and the world completely changed.
Anya Batmanian: When I went to Armenia my heart was full of love, happiness and vivid emotions.
Arpineh Grigorian: Visiting Armenia changed the way I saw the world.
Lara Rostomian: Stepping foot in Armenia made me feel like I was home, even though I don’t live there.
Tina Keshishian: It was my first time visiting Armenia. I would like to visit Armenia more often. I would even like to live there. It was a very beautiful place.
Nareg Mehrabian: For me, Armenia was a surreal and unrealistic experience.
Talin Abramian: Going to Armenia left a big impact on me, seeing my beautiful country and land made me the happiest person ever.
Arpier Haritoonian: I loved my trip to Armenia during the break, but I am looking forward to returning.
Ani Shabanian: Armenia opens your mind to a whole new world.
Alexan Shabanian: When I went to Armenia, I had a reallly good time and one day I want to go again.
Lynette Balalian: I was amazed how we Armenians could keep Armenia so beautifull with all this fighting going on.
Celine Boghossian: I was absolutely amazed at what I saw. No matter where we were in Armenia, I felt at home.
Kari Mekerdichian: Armenia is extremely close to my heart. I am very proud and happy to be Armenian.
Sarah Keledjian: Armenia was beautiful with everything. It really took my breath away, and everything was all new.
Claudia Meliksetian: When I went to Armenia I was surrounded by Armenians. I had gone to my homeland and that made me the happiest girl alive.
Talish Babaian: Armenia went by in a blur. The beauty and comfort there left me missing it even more.