GLENDALE–A capacity crowd of more than 400 graduates, former teachers, administrators and principles of the Koushesh-Mariamian-Davitian High School in Tehran gathered on March 15th, 2009 at the HMEM Glendale “Ararat” Hall to take part in the unveiling ceremony ‘san old Armenian tradition to christen, or pour wine over a new publication, to bring prosperity and success to its author(s) and its circulation known as a “Kineh Dzon”–for the institution’s 50 year Historical Atlas Book.
The idea of this publication was borne as far back as 1957 with the formation of an 8 member committee, all former students and graduates of the Koushesh-Mariamian-Davitian High School, who felt so passionately for their Alma Mater and were so devoted to their peers and instructors and the preservation of their memories and the history of their Alma Mater, that they decided to lay the groundwork for the arduous and life-long project of producing a Historical Atlas Book. As a result of the resolve and commitment of these 8 alumni, who together embarked on this monumental task, the project was ultimately successful. If not for their vision and the tireless efforts of others, over the course of the last 20 years, the publication of this book would not have been possible.
So it was only natural, after years of being apart the attendees of the event were charged with excitement and anticipation over the unveiling of this long-awaited publication and the unique opportunity to re-unite one another again. A visibly emotional experience, all in attendance seemed overwhelmed with pride and joy to be with one another again and especially for such an auspicious occasion. The program was officially opened by Koushesh-Mariamian-Davitian High School alumna Jasik Bouniatian Jerahian, who in her remarks, thanked all those in attendance and commended the original 8 graduates who came up with the concept for the publication. Jarahian also mentioned the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Armen and Helen Yeremian of Alco Printing and thanked them for their generosity and efforts in overseeing the printing of the publication. Jarahian then warmly introduced the sole attendee of those original 8 students, alumna Seda Krikorian who delicately explained the long and arduous process of producing this publication. In her remarks Seda also thanked alumna Anahit Hovepian, who resides in Tehran, who spearheaded and painstakingly oversaw the editing and publication of the Historical Atlas Book. In her remarks, Seda also personally thanked K-M-D H.S. alumni Mr. Arsen Danielian Esq. and Dr. Onnig Hayrapetian for all their tireless efforts, noting particularly that Dr. Hayrapetian oversaw the correction process of all of the content for the publication. Mrs. Jerahian then introduced and invited the two gentlemen to present further details related to the publication process which each meticulously and aptly did. Mr. Danielian covering the details pertaining to the first portion of the book and Dr. Hayrapetian the second.
Following the commen’s, the time came for the much anticipated ceremony, which was conducted by Reverend Father Der Komidas Kahanna Torossian. Surrounded by former teachers of the Koushesh-Mariamian-Davitian High School and Mr. Vahik Sadourian, the Principal of the Davitian-Mariamian Educational Foundation, who were invited to attend the event, the Reverend Father fittingly performed the moving ceremony.
attendees were then invited to purchase said atlas books, surprisingly of which, over 300 copies were sold. The entirety of the proceeds for which will go directly to the Davitian-Mariamian Educational Foundation, and the 29 “After School Programs” which it supports and maintains.
All who attended the function, thoroughly enjoyed themselves and left happy and glad that they were present at this most joyous and memorable event.