Merdinian School Welcomes Armenia’s Minister of Education and Science

Merdinian Board members and faculty with Mr. Arayik Harutyunyan and the guests

During a recent trip to southern California, Armenia’s Minister of Education and Science visited Merdinian School in Sherman Oaks. Arayik Harutyunyan was accompanied by the president of Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA) John Shirajian, the president of the alumni association of the Polytechnic Institute of Armenia Jirayr Abrahamyan and Dr. Vardan Gevorkyan.

RA Minister of Education and Science
Arayik Harutyunyan addressing Merdinian students
Rev. Serop Megerditchian escorts Arayik Harutyunyan, RA Minister of Education and Science

Merdinian students greeted Harutyunyan singing the song “Dukhov.” After principal Lina Arslanian’s welcome message and Armenian language teacher Alin Shirajian’s introduction, Rev. Serop Megerditchian, Merdinian Board member and Pastor of the Armenian Cilicia Evangelical Church of Pasadena, talked about the significance of the educational work and the mission of the Armenian Evangelicals worldwide – in the Diaspora and in Armenia, highlighting Armenian Missionary Association of America’s (AMAA) Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School in Yerevan. Minister Harutyunyan addressed the students and answered questions regarding the education and the school system in Armenia. He concluded his remarks emphasizing the importance of the Armenian schools in the Diaspora. The students presented a few patriotic songs dedicated to Yerevan, which was greatly appreciated by the Minister.

Established in 1982 by the AMAA, Armenian Evangelical Union of North America and local Armenian Evangelical Churches, Merdinian is the only Armenian Evangelical School in the United States supported by the AMAA. The School offers a broad-based curriculum that fosters academic excellence, high moral values and spiritual enrichment in the Armenian Evangelical tradition. Merdinian School strives to create a safe and nurturing environment, where every student receives personal attention to become a successful and responsible individual.

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