MISSION HILLS, Calif.—With an intensity of purpose and dedication, the eighth grade students of seven Armenian day schools in the greater Los Angeles area prepared for the Twelfth Annual Armenian History Timeline Quiz Bowl at the Ararat Home in Mission Hills on April 10.
A lively contest developed, close all the way through, demonstrating the depth of the knowledge of the students, the thorough preparation provided by their teachers, and the attentiveness of the audience.
In a two hour competition, the students answered a series of questions on Armenian history and culture. They displayed a familiarity with material spanning three millennia and ranging over topics as varied as history, geography, literature, science, the arts, and religion. The winning team scored 134 points, with the second and third place teams only a few points behind.
When all the questioning had concluded, checks for their scholarship funds, provided by the generous support of the Board of Trustees of the Ararat home, were presented to the participating schools by the enthusiastic Chairman of the Board, Nazar Ashjian.
Determined to match its winning performance at last year’s Quiz Bowl, the St. Gregory Hovsepian School team began early to get ready and studied intensely, once again earning first place. Students Christine Keshishyan, Christopher Khatchadour, and Meline Topchyan won a check for $1000 for their school.
The second place award of $750 went to the Sisters’ Academy, represented by Gevork Arabyan, Nareg Bouldoukian, Shahe Kazazian, and Alex Kilissian. The Chamlian School, with Natasha Ayvazian, Galy Kouyoumdjian, Jacqueline Matian, and Arpineh Petrosyan, took the third place award of $500.
Each of the other participating schools received a check for $250. They included the Ferrahian School, with Anthony Avakian, Alex Kazorian, Lia Kechichian, and Aline Tchorbajian; the Merdinian School, with Harout Avakeretsyan, Rose Avakian, and Raffi Charkhedian; the Pilibos School, with Gary Karapetyan, Kevin Keoseyan, Varduhi Mansourian, and Houri Sarkissian; and the Sahag-Mesrob School, with Patil Kojikian, Nayiri Kouladjian, Meghri Shanian, and Haig Yeghiayan.
All participating students received trophies and certificates. In addition, they took home a mug especially designed for the Quiz Bowl, featuring graphics from the Timeline itself, thanks to generous donations from friends of the Ararat Home. Harold Mgrublian, Vice-Chairman of the Board, provided an Ararat pin for each student.
An event of this type requires the assistance of many people. Among them were Hagop Arshagouni, emcee and coordinator; Marilyn Arshagouni, quizmaster; Tamar Boyadjian Avedissian and Arpi Tchorbajian, judges; Sue Abrahamian, Robert Arshagouni, Debbie Avedian, Vartkes Boyadjian, Maggie Goschin, Beatrice Malkhasian, Ruth Onesian, and Robert Tuncer, proctors; Michael Arshagouni and Ned Rodriguez, scorekeepers; Camelia Boyajian, timekeeper; and Liana Arshagouni and Nina Arshagouni, sorters. The many enthralled spectators followed the proceedings with great concentration and cheered on the participants.
The competition, organized by Hagop and Marilyn Arshagouni, consisted of questions taken from their book Armenian History Timeline, with graphics by the late Herach Hovsepian. The Timeline, the only one of its kind in the world, is located on the grounds of the Ararat Home.