Pasadena High School Student Winner of Armenian Educational Foundation Oratorical Contest

Published : Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 6:21 AM

The 10 participating students who represented their respective Armenian high schools in both Armenian and English language. Photo, Armenian Educational Foundation via Facebook

The 10 participating students who represented their respective Armenian high schools in both Armenian and English language. Photo, Armenian Educational Foundation via Facebook

An 11th grader from the A.G.B.U. (Armenian General Benevolent Union) Vatche and Tamar Manoukian High School in Pasadena and a 10th grader from the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School in Los Angeles were declared winners in the Armenian Educational Foundation’s second annual Oratorical Contest last Saturday at the American Legion hall in Pasadena.

11th grader Ethan Keshishian won the English language competition, and 10th grader Aram Apanian won the Armenian contest. Each of the winners earned a $1,000 prize. They were selected from a field of contestants representing all five local Armenian high schools attended and competed in the Armenian and English language speech competition.

The competition drew more than 100 supporters from the Armenian community.

Other participating schools included Holy Martyrs Ferrahian High School and the Armenian Mesrobian High School.

The topic for the Armenian segment was related to the evolution of women’s rights and roles in the U.S. and Armenia over the last century. The English competition addressed the development of technology, education and the economy and its impact on the modernization and advancement of Armenia.

The panel of judges came from a variety of backgrounds including education, entertainment, music and journalism. Among the judges were Apo Boghikian, Editor-in-Chief of the Asbarez Daily Newspaper; Dr. Armine Hacopian, President of the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees; Dr. Anahid Aramouni Keshishian, Lecturer of Armenian Language and Literature at the Department of Near Eastern Studies at UCLA; Teni Karapetian, Vice President for National Publicity at STX Entertainment; Sebu Simonian, a music producer, songwriter and lead vocalist of Capital Cities; and Charles Ghailian, Chair of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies Leadership Council.

Alice Petrossian was Mistress of Ceremonies.

The judging criteria were based on the American Legion National Oratorical Contest guidelines.

The Armenian Education Foundation hosts the annual oratorical contest to promote public speaking in Armenian youth, and to encourage them to be part of a future generation of leaders, motivators and influencers who can become a positive force and promote progress within their community.

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