CASPS Hosts Leadership Conference

GLENDALE–The Committee for Armenian Students in Public Schools held its first leadership conference recently entitled “Connecting to Your Community.” The event took place at the La Crescenta offices of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America. More than 100 Glendale Unified School District students with a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 attended the half-day conference.
The conference began with an exciting panel featuring GUSD Board President Greg Krikorian, GUSD Assistant Superintendent Alice Petrossian and PIXAR Animation Studios Producer Katherine Sarafian. Congressman Adam Schiff, who was scheduled to attend, had a late scheduling conflict and was unable to participate. However, Haig Khartoumian, one of Congressman Schiff’s field representatives, filled in admirably. The panel was moderated by long-time board member and the event’s chairperson, Medea Kalognomos. The panelists discussed their views on the issues of leadership and success by sharing their personal experiences. At the conclusion of the panel session, students asked insightful and sophisticated questions, many dealing with duality dilemmas facing young Armenian-Americans. It was a rewarding experience for speakers and students alike, as meaningful conversations continued into the break and beyond.
The second session, entitled “Serving the Community,” was presented by Anita Avakian, field representative for State Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, and Zareh Sinanyan, Esq., Commissioner for City of Glendale Parks and Recreation. They discussed their experiences in volunteer work and the benefits of serving their community.
During lunch, Haig Hovsepian of the Armenian National Committee Western Region spoke to the students about making a difference in college and beyond. He pointed out that anyone committed to a cause can create positive results. He also discussed internship opportunities within the ANC.
The students seemed hungry for more and asked many of the CASPS board members for a follow-up event, which currently is being planned. Moreover, if these same students maintain their high impressive grade-point averages, they will be invited to an annual CASPS awards reception at the end of the school year. CASPS is honored to serve such outstanding Armenian students in Glendale. The Armenian community should take notice and be proud.

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