ENCINO–Holy Martyrs Armenian Elementary and Ferrahian High school–the pride of the San Fernando Valley Armenian community–was reopened on September 10 to welcome 631 eager students. Because of the sacrifices their families make–these students will continue their education in one of the top educational institutions of America.
The students were greeted by Western Diocese Primate Mushegh Martirossian and Principal John Kossakian–at both in the Encino and North Hills campuses. School Finance Committee Chairman Serop Beylerian–Chairman of the Church Board of Trustees Dzeron Titizian–Holy Martyrs Church Pastor Razmig Khachaturian–ARF Rostom Chapter representative Toros Kechejian as well as many parents and teachers were all present at the welcoming ceremonies.
At the Encino campus–where the 5 to 12th grade student are educated–the ceremony was directed by Vice-Principal Vartkes Nalbandian. Prelate Moushegh Mardirossian also spoke–mentioning the importance of the Armenian educational institutions within the community–after which the vice-principal introduced the students to their new Principal John Kossakian whospoke about his intentions to raise the academic integrity of the school–and he introduced 12 new teachers in both the elementary and secondary schools.
The ceremony for the elementary students at the North Hills campus was directed by school administrator Varti Yaghlian–who introduced primate Mushegh Martirossian–the principal and other officials to more than 200 students.
Students were encouraged to work hard and take advantage of the valuable resources they have. The ceremonies in both schools were concluded by a prayer conducted by pastor Razmik Khachatourian.
After the ceremony–school officials visited the kindergarten were over a 100 students will be educated and treated with the utmost love and kindness–and where the visitors had a chance to meet the Preschool director Vehik Kaprielian.
The terrorist attacks of New York and Washington–which took place on the second day of the school–brought the students together–to once again listen to the heartening words of the school officials regarding the horrific events. The students paid tribute to the thousands of victims who lost their lives by observing a moment of silence.
The student council has already taken the initiative to organize a car wash–of which all the proceeds will be donated to the families of the innocent victims.
The car wash was held on Saturday– September 22–at the Encino campus–and was advertised by the KIIS FM radio station. The student council urged the Armenian community to support their efforts–which by doing so–portrayed a positive image for the school and proved to the surrounding community that the Armenian-Americans are also contributing to the expansive American family of which we all belong.