Ferrahian’s First Annual Middle School Spelling Bee

Ferrahian middle school students were excited to participate in their first annual spelling bee, organized by the English department. Mrs. Sandra Halajian and Ms. Jasmine Pogosyan coordinated the event and enrolled the school with Scripps National Spelling Bee program. The spelling bee was held in the Avedissian Hall at Ferrahian on February 15, 2008.

Armenian Quiz Bowl – 2008
The 2008 Armenian Quiz Bowl was held on April 13, 2008 at Ararat Home. Ferrahian students won third place, falling behind Armenian Sister’s Academy, second, and Chamlian, first.
The Ferrahian participants were Alec Semergian, Armen Mayelian, and Khajag Kamarian. The team coach was Mrs. Seza Kurdian. The day was filled with intense competition as all the participants tried their hardest to represent Ferrahian.
The school received $500 for the third place win and each participant received a mug and a pin. During the last three years Ferrahian 8th graders ranked first twice and second position once.

Prior to the actual spelling bee, middle school students were provided with a list of words sent from Scripps and participated in classroom bees. After classroom eliminations, 24 finalists ranging from sixth through eighth grades stepped up for the final spelling bee challenge. It was an exhilarating sight to see these students compete for first place. All were positively supported by their peer audience, who were engaged in the assembly through a PowerPoint presentation which showcased the contestants’ spelling words on a large, overhead screen. One student from each grade level remained for the final round. With anticipation growing, sixth grader, Shawnt Karakozian, seventh grader, Alexia Vartanian, and eighth grader, Alec Semerjian battled for the title. Alec proudly finished the competition in third place, Shawnt enthusiastically ended up in second place, and after properly spelling “virulent,” Alexia was the first-place winner of the spelling bee. All participants of the spelling bee received certificates of achievement, second and third place winners were each awarded a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card, and Alexia took home a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card and a one-year subscription to Britannica Online Encyclopedia, complimen’s of Scripps. Alexia continued on to participate in the next round at The Daily News sponsored spelling bee.

Thursday April 22 – 9 a.m. Orientation for 2008-2009 Kindergarten parents
Wednesday April 23, periods 3-4 April 24 Commemoration assembly at Encino Campus
Wednesday April 23, 1:30 p.m. April 24 Commemoration assembly at North Hills
Thursday April 24 Armenian Genocide Day – school closed
Thursday April 24, 12-7:30 p.m. Grades 9-12, Genocide Monument and A.Y.F. protest
Friday April 25, period 7 Armenian Spelling Bee, grades 6-9
Monday April 28-Friday May 2 Stanford 10 tests, grades 1-9
Wednesday April 30 period 7 Assembly grades 6-12, “Flu Prevention”
Thursday May 16:30 p.m. Academic Awards Night, grades 6-12


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