Graduation Ceremonies Held at St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School


WATERTOWN, Mass. — In June, St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School (SSAES) concluded its 27th academic year. Graduation ceremonies were held on June 16 for kindergarten students and June 17 for elementary students in the presence of parents and friends of the school as well as the pastors of St. Stephen’s, First Armenian, Armenian Memorial and St. James churches.

On June 17, 12 students graduated from SSAES. They are: Sena Changelian, Sepahn Chiloyan, Mary Galstian, Anastasia Goulopoulos, Saro Karaguesian, Anoush Krafian, Liana Nalbandian, Rita Orchanian, Sonia Ourfalian, Daniela Rizza, Rubina Vosbigian and George Yeghyayan.

On June 16, 24 students graduated from Kindergarten. They are: Taleena Anserlian, Taline Antoine, Chris Ashjian, Haig Atinizian, Nicole Babyan, Alexa Balian, Alec DerSirakian, Vanessa Goebel, Sophia Goulopoulos, Alique Haserjian, Sophia Kahvejian, Vana Karaguesian, Hovanes Kehyeian, Levon Markosyan, Alexander Nalbandyan, Andrew Sarkisssian, Philip Sarkissian, , Robert Sohigian, Sevan Soukiasian, Aris Stefanis, Alique Stepanian, Sevana Stepanian, Benjamain Surenian and Izabell Tenekedzhyan.

On both days, the principal, Houry Boyamian, focused on the school’s recent achievements, especially the graduating class trip to Armenia and the results of the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills. This year, students in the fourth grade scored in the top 12 percent nationwide in language skills and in the top 24 percent in mathematics. Students in the second grade scored in the top 23 percent in reading and in the top 15 percent in math computation.

Boyamian thanked the faculty, the administrative staff, the PTO, parent volunteers, the school board and committees, St. Stephen’s Church board of trustees, Rev. Archpriest Antranig Baljian, Rev. Karekine Bedourian, as well as all the organizations and individuals that contribute to the advancement of the school.

During the elementary program, Boyamian honored with a special plaque Krista Aslanian, who has been one of the school’s staunchest supporters since 1995. Aslanian has wholeheartedly donated her time serving as a member and then as chair of the Education Committee.

The preschool director, Maral Orchanian, had chosen the theme of “community helpers” for the younger students’ program. Through song and dance they paid tribute to various professions serving the community.

The elementary program was dedicated to the Armenian Child. Elementary students presented the theme with poems, songs, dance and drama followed by a video presentation of the fifth-grade trip to Armenia coordinated by Armenian teacher Ardemis Megerdichian.

After the presentation of the diplomas the following awards were given: Awards for Excellence in Armenian Studies from the Prelacy went to Prelacy Award: Mary Galstian, Liana Nalbandian, Rita Orchanian, Sonia Ourfalian, Anoush Krafian and George Yeghyayan; Armenian Relief Society Award, Rubina Vosbigian; St. Stephen’s School Award, Sepahn Chiloyan and Daniela Rizza; St. Stephen’s Education Committee Award: Saro Karaguesian; Certificate of Recognition for Interest in Armenian History, Anastasia Goulopoulos; Certificate of Recognition in Armenian Heritage, Sena Changelian; Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, Anastasia Goulopoulos, Liana Nalbandian and Rita Orchanian; Presidential Award for Academic Achievement, Mary Galstian, Anoush Krafian and Saro Karaguesian; Citizenship Award, Sonia Ourfalian and Rubina Vosbigian; Nishan and Arshalouys Najarian Scholarship ($200 each) for interest in music, Sanan Maroukhian; for Interest in the Arts and Music, Narek Sahakian, Sam Sagherian and Karyl Ashjian; ARS Essay Contest, Anoush Krafian; Perfect Attendance Award, Vanessa Goebel (K), Shant Karamousayan (Gr. 2), Ara Changelian (Gr. 3), Sena Changelian (Gr. 5).