2009-2010 academic school year begins at Ferrahian

   By Kyle Khandikian    

45 years ago, Holy Martyrs Armenian High School opened its doors in Encino, California with a student body of just 12 young Armenians in the hopes of offering families both a secure learning environment and a place where the Armenian culture can remain alive within their children.

Today, Holy Martyrs has grown both in size and spirits beyond anyone’s expectations.

September 3, 2009 marked the first official day of the 2009-2010 academic school years at Ferrahian. At both campuses, students returned from their summer breaks fresh and ready to start a new school year. Sixth graders marveled at the dramatic change from their familiar North Hills campus to their new home in Encino, while seniors took in their last first-day-of-school.

The first day began at both campuses with opening ceremonies attended by students, faculty, administrators, and guests. At the Encino campus, Reverend Razmig Khatchadourian opened the day with his remarks and a prayer in Holy Martyrs Church. Following the Reverend’s gracious remarks, Principal John Kossakian gave his message to the students.

He said that despite tough economic times, the school opened this year with 680 students enrolled, 35 students less than last year, but still a significant accomplishment.

In attendance at Encino were representatives of the Board of Regents and the Ferrahian Board.

The Encino campus also welcomed three new teachers this year, Mr. Arsen Abelian, Ms. Anita Ahamanoukian, and Mr. Razmig Simonian. Mr. Abelian will be teaching high school mathematics. Ms. Ahamanoukian has also joined the Ferrahian family, being her first year teaching at the school. And Mr. Simonian, a Ferrahian alumnus, will teach history/government, and well as coach the girls’ volleyball team.

Vice Principal Vartkes Nalbandian finally had students on their way to their classrooms following the ceremony.

At the North Hills campus, Mrs. Adrinee Aroyan gave a very enthusiastic welcome to all the students. Mr. Kossakian also introduced two more new additions to the Ferrahian family, teacher Shooshan Momjian and the new Assistant Principal at the North Hills Campus Mr. Tro Tchekidjian.

Mr. Tchekidjian welcomed everyone including all those who were new, like him, followed up by a prayer led by Reverend Khatchadourian.

The students were finally escorted to their classrooms by their teachers to begin a brand new year.