–School Celebrates 35 Years of Success and Growth
LOS ANGELES–After weeks of planning and organization–Rose & Alex Pilibos Armenian School commemorated the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide on April 10. Primarily organized through the combined efforts of students and faculty members–the event drew large attendance from parents and members of the local community. During the cultural program–the school also celebrated its 35th anniversary–as a form of rebirth from the genocidal atrocities that Armenia’s faced during the early years of the 20th century.
Leading the program was master of ceremonies and Student Council Vice-President David Euredjian. Prior to the beginning of the program–a special flag ceremony was conducted by the Homenetemen Los Angeles chapter scouts. The cultural program primarily featured students from the elementary and junior high schools. Through the guidance of faculty members–the students had prepared for the cultural program through various presentations. The program featured Armenian folk dance and music. Wearing traditional Armenian dance costumes–students from the junior high school elegantly performed Armenian cultural dances.
A choir organized by the music department sang various Armenian and American patriotic songs. The program also featured Armenian and English poetry that touched upon the gruesome and catastrophic images of the Armenian genocide.
1989 school alumnus Melanie Kiledjian-Baghdaian was the keynote speaker. Baghdaian reaffirmed the importance of how Armenia’s have survived and thrived throughout the world–asserting that the Ottoman Empire failed in its attempt to wipe out all Armenia’s. She further stated that Pilibos Armenian School stands as proof that Armenia’s have overcome challenges in history and have been able to grow and thrive through rebirth.
Departing from conventional speeches–school Principal Dr. Viken Yacoubian surprised students and attendees with his performance of three songs. The evening concluded with a traditional Armenian dance that highlighted a mood of rebirth.
As a bastion of Armenian-American education–Pilibos Armenian School stands out as a premier diaspora institution. The evening proved yet again that Pilibos students are at the forefront of Armenian culture–history–and tradition. Not only were the students key in the organization of the event–but essentially they placed their heart and soul in this program. Attendees left the gymnasium with a renewed sense of their Armenian identity.