Mesrobian High School Junior Appointed Montebello Youth Commissioner

Alex Manoukian being sworn in as commissioner by Mesrobian alumnus and Montebello City Council member Jack Hadjinian
Alex Manoukian being sworn in as commissioner by Mesrobian alumnus and Montebello City Council member Jack Hadjinian

Alex Manoukian being sworn in as commissioner by Mesrobian alumnus and Montebello City Council member Jack Hadjinian

MONTEBELLO — Armenian Mesrobian High School Junior Alex Manoukian was sworn in as Youth Commissioner for the City of Montebello by Mesrobian Alumnus Councilman Jack Hadjinian Thursday night. Manoukian becomes the third consecutive Mesrobian High School student to serve in the position.

“The future for Alex is very bright,” said Councilmember Hadjinian during the oath ceremony, as proud grandmother Loucine Beshdikian held the bible on which Manoukian gave his oath. Recently reelected to Montebello City Council, Hadjinian served as the first Armenian mayor of the City of Montebello last year.

Also joining Manoukian that evening were his proud parents Meline and Sako Manoukian, Mesrobian principal David Ghoogasian and Rev. Khoren Babouchian.

“It is a unique feeling to see a former student [Hadjinian] swearing in a current student to this type of position,” said Principal Ghoogasian, who has served as both Councilmember Hadjinian’s and Manoukian’s principal while at Mesrobian, and is himself an alumnus of the school.

“I’m happy and proud as an Armenian to be represented in City Hall. I definitely want to tie in the Armenian community and Cause into my work as I serve all Montebello area youth,” said Manoukian.

Alex Manoukian with Councilmember Jack Hadjinian (center) and Mesrobian school officials

Alex Manoukian with Councilmember Jack Hadjinian (center) and Mesrobian school officials

“I love politics and I’m happy to have been appointed even though I recently moved here,” said the 16 year old who moved to Montebello from Lebanon three years ago.

In that short time, he has wasted no time putting himself in the service of the tight-knit Armenian community of Montebello and Southern California. In many ways, he represents the organic development of leadership at Mesrobian School.

Wise beyond his years and eager to serve, Manoukian is the Vice-President of Mesrobian School’s Associated Student Body Student Council, the Co-Chairperson of the AYF Montebello ‘Vahan Cardashian’ Juniors Chapter at the Montebello Armenian Center, and an altar server at Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Cathedral.

Armenian Mesrobian School, established in 1965, will continue to celebrate its half-century of education and service to the community with a 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has Nursery School (2 years old) through High School (12th Grade) on the same campus. The High School curriculum is certified to the University of California. Campus is located at 8420 Beverly Rd. Pico Rivera, CA 90660. If you would like to visit campus or have any questions call (562) 699-2057, or email info@mesrobian.org.

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