Pilibos Begins 30th Year with 775 Students

LOS ANGELES–The Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian school opened its doors last Thursday for the 1999-2000 academic year–its 30th–with an unprecedented enrollment of 775 students–a 50 percent increase in five years.

In his remarks to the student body–faculty–staff–parents–community leaders and guests–during a special gathering at the school yard–Pilibos principal Viken Yacoubian stressed the importance of growth in student enrollment–adding "we are faced with task of creating room for our growing school."

In marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian school–a special proclamation was presented by State Assemblyman Scott Wildman (D)–who was represented by her district director Sunday Sarkissian. Also present at the gathering was representative for Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg.

"In the past several years–the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian school is in constant growth and enhancement–all of which is the result of continuous efforts and novel approaches to academia," added Yacoubian.

"The constant rise in enrollment is proof of that growth–despite a more rigorous academic regimen in the school," continued Yacoubian.

The morning celebration was kicked off by the Homenetmen Los Angeles chapter scouts–who conducted a solemn flag ceremony. Blessings and the recitation of the prayer was officiated by Very Rev. Krikor Chiftchian and Pastor of the St. Garabed Armenian Church Rev. Viken Vassilian.

Alex Pilibos Dean of Students Charles Loussararian emphasized the importance and the need for Armenian education and wished the students luck for the new academic year.

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