St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School hosts annual 5k Fun Run

Watertown Police, SSAES Preschool Director Maral Orchanian, SSAES principal Houry Boyamian, members of the 5K Planning Committee

WATERTOWN, Mass. St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School (SSAES) was proud to host its second annual 5K Fun Run.

The sun was shining on the morning of May 6 for over 150 walkers, runners and spectators, along with many children who spent time in the bounce house and at the face painting table.

The 3.17 mile race wrapped around Watertown and ended on Artsakh Street at St. Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church.

Rev. Archpriest Antranig Baljian and SSAES principal Houry Boyamian, M.Ed.

The fastest runner was Jose Calderon with a time of 19:53. Sabrina Afeyan was the fastest woman and finished the race in 28:40. Other top finishers are listed below.

1st place winner Jose Calderon with an impressive time of 19:53

Top 10 & under female –
Arya Varbedian Leonard – 49:44

Top 10 & under male –
Samson Said – 32:08

Top 11-19 female
Sevan Mikaelian – 32:41

Top 11-19 male
John Diran Gengozian – 24:57

Top 20-29 female
Varteni Aroyan – 42:51

Top 20-29 male
David Danielian – 25:48

Top 30-39 female
Sevan Makhoulian – 32:18

Top 30-39 male
Jean Froundjian – 27:55

Top 40-49 female
Nevart Mikaelian – 32:13

Top 40-49 male
Saro Derian – 24:38

Top 50+ female
Lucy Hoosian – 31:08

Top 50+ male
Andrew Guzelian – 23:25

Preschool student Aram Iskenderian

Funds raised will be used for various initiatives at SSAES. For the past 39 years, the school has provided an extended family, a quality bilingual education and a strong cultural foundation to build and grow Armenian identity and connection to the homeland. The success of this recent community event is just one example of many that brings the children together beyond the standard school hours and influences their overall joy and excitement. Graduates often speak highly when recalling their experiences at SSAES; events like these further forge the lifelong friendships between children, parents and families.

Post-race awards ceremony
St. Stephen's Armenian Elementary School
Established in 1984, St. Stephen's Armenian Elementary School is dedicated to educational excellence in an environment rich in Armenian culture. Serving students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, it is the only Armenian day school in New England and is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE). Accreditation by AISNE provides quality assurance that a school is meeting rigorous standards in all aspects of its operations and that it is operating in alignment with its mission.

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