Blair Commemorates First Year of Armenian Academy

To commemorate the first year of the Armenian Academy- Blair High School ceremoniously planted a symbolic “Noor” (pomegranate) tree. The Academy will always serve as a beacon of light for those who seek to keep their “Hayoo Hokee” (Armenian Spirit) alive.

Stephen Kooshian is one such example. (Far left in photo below) Stephen Kooshian has been a tremendous asset to the Armenian Academy team during its inaugural year. He is 1/2 Nicaraguan and 1/2 Armenian. He is a 3rd generation Armenian-American, whose grandfather, George Kooshian, originally from Hadjin, came to Pasadena in 1923 after escaping from the Syrian desert during the Armenian Genocide. The story of Stephen’s grandfather has pushed him to immerse himself in the Armenian culture, history, and language.

When Stephen heard that the Armenian Academy was at Blair, his passion for the Armenian cause led to his involvement including organizing the annual Verchin Zank and tree planting event. The Armenian Academy at Blair thanks Stephen for all his help and he will always have a special place in everyone’s heart at Blair. “Thank you Stephen! You will always be welcome here!”

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