With the 8th Grade Graduation, the number of Alumni reaches 350!
On Saturday, June 6, 2015, the 28th graduating class joined the coveted ranks of KZV Alumni. Eleven 8th graders joined the 339 previous graduates as KZV Alumni. With the completion of KZV's 35th academic year, the number of alumni reached 350! Over 200 family, friends, and KZV supporters attended the graduation ceremony. The Mistress of Ceremonies, Armenian language teacher Mrs. Garine Panossian, welcomed guests and invited Rev. Fr. Khoren Habeshian and Rev. Fr. Mesrop Ash for the opening prayer. Guest speakers included Ms. Nicole Fantin, member of the KZV School Board; Ms. Naira Der Kiureghian, member of the St. Gregory Board of Trustees; Yeretsgeen Berjouhi Habeshian, member of the ARS Garin Chapter, and Mr. Mattyous Senekeremian, KZV Alumni Class of 2002.
The Valedictorian for the class of 2015 was Mr. Armen Demirjian. Armen thanked his parents, grandparents and teachers for teaching him Armenian. The Salutatorian for the class of 2015 was Ms. Alique Momjian. She reminisced about her time at KZV.
Mr. Mato Senekeremian, class of 2002, spoke about what it was like to leave KZV and where life has taken him after graduation. " As you advance, you will find yourself expanding your horizons. It is my hope, and I believe the hope of everyone here today, that you will closely guard the values, traditions, and pride that were instilled in each of you here at KZV," stated Mr. Matyous Senekeremian. " Each and every graduate from this school is gifted with the responsibility to give back to the community that gave you KZV and to advance Armenia and our people. This is our sacred responsibility as Armenians."
The 8th grade class presented the school with a Ping-Pong Table as the class gift.
The students will be attending the following high schools:
Karoleene Amanian- Aragon High School - SMUHSD
Talar Andonian- Mills High School - SMUHSD
Arman Archouniani- Westmoor High School - JUSHD
Athena Bacciocco- Sacred Heart College Preparatory – Accepted with Honors
Jhostine Chalen- Sacred Heart College Preparatory – Accepted with Honors
Armen Demirjian- St. Ignatius College Preparatory – Accepted with Distinction
Galia Der Abrahamian- Aragon High School - SMUHSD
Garo Ekmekjian- St. Ignatius College Preparatory – Accepted with Distinction
Jennifer Kazaryan- Sacred Heart College Preparatory – Accepted with Honors
Matthew Kesecker- Lowell High School - SFUSD
Alique Momjian- Carlmont High School - SUHSD
"Last August, each of you came to school with a powerful phrase written on the back of your sweatshirts: ”We survived to tell the story… 1915-2015”, and throughout the year, you did tell the stories of your ancestors… You became the ambassadors of Հայ Դատ (Hye Tahd) and carried the torch of your great grandfathers,” stated Principal Grace Andonian." Your teachers and I are proud of your accomplishments. Continue living for your Armenian nation. Use the opportunities given to you to ensure that you educate your new friends and teachers in high school about your Armenian heritage and culture”.
We wish our graduates the best in their future endeavors.