TCA Arshag Dickranian Armenian School
1200 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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TCA Arshag Dickranian School Holds Its
31st Christmas Program

Los Angeles, December 30, 2011 - The Tekeyan Cultural Association Arshag
Dickranian School held its 31st Christmas Program on Wednesday, December
21, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the school's Walter and Laurel Karabian Hall.
Following its tradition, the school held this event prior to the Christmas
vacation thus giving parents, students, faculty members, friends and
guests the opportunity to celebrate the Yule Holidays together.

The program was jointly organized by Pre-Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Madlena
Marikyan, Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Anahid Avanessian and her assistant
Mrs. Tamara Nahapetyan, Armenian teacher Mrs. Emma Umroyan, Music teacher
Mr. Komitas Keshishyan and Dance teacher Mr. Robert Arakelian.

The event comprised of students ranging from pre-kindergarten through 11th
grade, performing in a medley of stage presentations and dances,
interjected by recitations and Christmas carols sung by the school choir.
The program began with the welcoming and humorous remarks of 1st grade
students Katrina Kourouyan and Gevork Nalbandyan, much to the delight of
the audience. Next, students from the 4th, 5th and 6th grades enacted
various scenes of the way of life in Bethlehem around the time before the
birth of Jesus. Then, 3rd grade student Hamlet Oganesyan gave the tidings
of Jesus' birth and the program took a more festive turn. The
Pre-Kindergartners took the stage and performed a Christmas Broadway dance
wearing shiny hats, followed by recitations of Christmas poems in
Armenian, after which the Kindergartners danced to the famous Christmas
song `Silent Night.' A series of Christmas carols performed by the school
choir, and medleys and dances were then performed by students ranging from
Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grades, the theme of which was `to give
rather than receive.' Next came an exquisite performance by 10th and 11th
grade students who danced an Armenian folk dance to the delightful voice
of soloist and 2010 school alumna Ani Nercessian.

Near the end, 12th grader Morris Sarafyan made an imposing entrance garbed
as Santa cheering the crown and extending his warm wishes of a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year. Students then circled him and danced to
the tune `Eem Anoonne Hayastan Eh', while parents cheered to the brilliant
performances of their children.

Principal Vartkes Kourouyan delivered the closing remarks by thanking all
the hands involved in the preparation and production of this joyful
event, giving guests, faculty, students and teachers his best Holiday
wishes and inviting guests to socialize and enjoy an assortment of cookies
and coffee which was served by the PTO at the end of the event.

Founded in 1981, The TCA Arshag Dickranian Armenian School is a Pre-K
through grade 12 co-educational facility which serves the Armenian
community at large. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools
and Colleges (WASC) and has federal tax exemption status. For more
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