By Mary Mukhtarian
The St. Sarkis School of Dallas Fort Worth held its year-end Hantess on Sunday May 20, 2018 at the Kechejian Hall of the St. Sarkis Church. The excitement of the children was matched with the pride of the parents who brought all family members to celebrate the accomplishments of their children. The St. Sarkis School boasted over 70 students this year divided into 5 classes taught by 17 staff members of Principal, VP, teachers, helpers and substitute teachers. The children were instructed in the Armenian language, culture, and history, in addition to religious studies.
The principal, Maral Aznavourian, welcomed all to the highly anticipated event and promised that they will be thrilled with the surprising performances by the students. Interspersed with the performances, she introduced the Board Members and the teaching staff, thanking them for their dedication in volunteering their time and expertise to enlighten the young minds of the community.
Students in Language Classes for Adults began the Hantess with a patriotic poem, followed by the Ani Class performing excerpts in Armenian to the delight of all parents. The Yerevan class sang two songs and then related to everyone what they had learned in class. The Sevan class performed the Assembly of Mice, a tale of hanging a bell on the cat, accompanied by video clips projected behind the students. The Karni/Keghart classes researched several Legends and Heroes from Armenian history, entitled “Mer Medzeruh” (Our Forebearers), and created a memorable PowerPoint presentation explaining their accomplishments to the audience.
In between the performances and presentations, Ms. Aznavourian expressed the appreciation of the School to the St. Sarkis Women’s Guild for “always being there for the School”. A representative bouquet of flowers was presented to Sylva Dayian, Chairman, with the thanks of the Board, teaching staff and students of the St. Sarkis School.
An exceptionally poignant moment occurred when Nairi Meras was surprised with the School Board’s renaming of her Ani class to “Nairi” class. She had conceived the idea of a pre-K class which she had nurtured and taught with the approval of the Board for the benefit of the youngest children. Everyone’s thanks and best wishes went with her as she planned to move away from Dallas.
Ms. Aznavourian thanked the students and the staff for working hard during the year, and the community for attending and encouraging its youth, saying “this is your home”. She then invited Father Ghevond, pastor, for his closing remarks. Fr. Ghevond added his thanks to all for their commitment, reminding them of the wealth of artistic, literary and religious knowledge of the youth of St. Sarkis and gave his blessing before he sent the audience to the fellowship luncheon organized by the school board with food donated generously by the school parents.
The St. Sarkis School will expect to begin the new year in September 2018.
To see more photos from the Hantes, click here.