LOS ANGELES — With the pomp and circumstance of its traditional opening ceremony, the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) Arshag Dickranian School re-opened
its doors for its 32nd consecutive year to students on Tuesday, September 4. The highlight of the opening ceremony this year was the shift of the
leadership of the school with the appointment of Dr. Maral Yeranossian as the new principal.
The event took place at the courtyard of the school, where the entire student body, from grades 1 to 12 gathered under the supervision of their teachers, along with the presence of parents.
The guests included the Primate of the Western Diocese Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, St. John Armenian Church’s Fr. Manoug Markarian, school benefactors Laurel Karabian, Cindy Norian and Hmayak Baltayan, School Board Chairman George K. Mandossian with board members Angine
Garibyan, Parsegh Kartalian and Diran Depanian and former board member Sarkis Der Sarkissian.
The opening ceremony was led with the greetings of Derderian, who welcomed Yeranossian and wished the school a successful journey under her leadership. He concluded his remarks with a prayer blessing this new chapter. Kartalian, the master of cere- monies and vice president of the Board of Trustees, then took the podium welcoming benefactors, guests, students, teachers and
parents to the school. He invited Norian to the podium to deliver her remarks on behalf of the Dickranian family. Norian welcomed Yeranossian as the new school principal and encouraged students to always use every opportunity they encounter to educate themselves.
Following Norian’s speech, Kartalian took the podium once again, acknowledging the efforts of the school’s previous principal, Vartkes Kourouyan, who served as the school’s head for 31 years before retiring this past summer. “It is hard to not see Principal
Vartkes Kourouyan among us today; his work and effort will not go unsung.” He then invited Yeranossian to deliver her very first address as the school’s principal.
Yeranossian welcomed everyone to the 2012–2013 academic year and spoke about her aims and dreams for the school. “I am honored to have been appointed the principal of this great school. It is my goal to set high academic standards, make every opportunity available to the students to explore, educate and excel, the three important ‘E’s that will be the symbol of your success,” she said. She added, “My greatest strength as an educator and administrator for the past years has been my skill at conflict resolution…I am very excited to serve at the school; my only promise is that I will work hard every day and allow my actions totellthestoryofwhoIamandofmycom- mitment to TCA-ADS.”
She ended her speech by wishing the students success in their endeavors and declaring the new scholastic year.
For more information about the school, visit www.dickranianschool.org.