Pilibos Class of ’05
As I sat at my desk–pondering the simulation results for a particle accelerator injector design–our secretary put an envelop on my desk–"Are these Armenian characters?" pointing to the first line of the return address. "Yes," I said–"That’s the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School. I was there two weeks ago to talk about cosmic ray science and the cosmic ray stations in Armenia." The Cosmic Ray Division (CRD) is the group of scientists in Armenia who conduct world-class research on top of Mt. Aragats and we–the Diaspora–have been supporting them and proudly following their progress.
I am always delighted when young people take the time to write to me after my visits to their schools. It shows that they were interested–it shows that they are polite–it shows that they know how to network.
So I eagerly opened the envelop and read the letter. In its short 6 lines it had already brought me to tears of joy and pride by the time I got the "Sincerely." It showed all the things I said above–but it also showed that these students have compassion and are willing and able to take on responsibility. I want to share this letter with you–so you too can be proud of our next generation.
"Dear Representative of CRD friends,
It was truly an honor and a pleasure to have you as a guest speaker at our school. We learned much about your helpful projects–which rekindled an even stronger love and respect for our homeland.
To lend our humble support–enclosed please find $180.00 which we–the students have collected. We wish you success in your future endeavors and hope to meet you again–this time on the steppes of Aragatz.
Eleventh Grade Students of
Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School"
I wondered–"how many lunches did they have to skip–or which pleasure they gave up to save these funds to help their fellow Armenia’s in Armenia?" I was so overwhelmed with pride for them–that I began to miss them immediately. I called the school to thank them–but they were already gone for the summer–and the accumulated tears in my eyes flooded down my cheeks.
Class of 2005 at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School–if you are reading this article–know that I am extremely proud of you–and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Cosmic Ray Division – Armenia