On June 27, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hagopian visited the Mekhitarist Educational Complex in the Avan District of Yerevan where she participated in a ceremony wrapping up the student contest called “We Have Existed, We Exist and We Will Exist” and held as part of the events dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. The results were summed up, and the students received their awards.
During the ceremony, the students presented a musical devoted to the Armenian Genocide, as well as the heroic episodes in Armenian history and great Armenians.
After the musical, Abbot of the Mekhitarist Congregation in Vienna, Father, Supreme Archimandrite Gotchanyan, who was attending the event, greeted the participants and called Minister Hranush Hagopian to the stage to sum up the results of the “We Have Existed, We Exist and We Will Exist” contest. Before expressing her appreciation, the minister suggested that everyone respect the memory of the late Catholicos Patriarch Nerses-Bedros XIX of the ArmenianCatholic Church of the House of Cilicia with a moment of silence.
Afterwards, the minister praised and thanked the students and administration of the Mekhitarist Educational Complex for preparing and showing responsibility for the contest declared by the RA Ministry of Diaspora.
“I’m pleased with the fact that this educational complex highly focuses on cultural educationalongside the general curriculum. The musical, which was a combination of music, dance, poetry and acting, showed your knowledge and great aesthetic education. I want you to achieve greater heights. I want you to grow and become good Armenians and good human beings and have your worthy place with your knowledge,” the minister said, adding that only a generation of people with in-depth and comprehensive knowledge can help the Armenians achieve victory with the slogan “I Remember and Demand”.
Hranush Hagopian granted the awards of the RA Ministry of Diaspora to the winning students, including Albert Makarian, Hagop Der-Harutyunian, Aram Khosrovian, Albert Magarian, Sevag Bedrosian and Antranig Panossian.