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23rd AESA Science Olympiad Award Ceremony

The AESA Science Olympiad award ceremony took place on March 13th, with over 180 attendees. Emphasizing family values, AESA was pleased to witness some participants accompanied by their grandparents. 

The event commenced with refreshments and networking before transitioning to the main program. 

AESA President Linda Megerdichian kicked off proceedings with an introduction to the organization and its activities, followed by STEM Academy Director, Araksiya Nadjarian’s overview of the AESA STEM Academy and Chair of Science Olympiad Committee, Sona Juharyan’s history of the Science Olympiad. 

Students received their well-deserved medallions and certificates presented by some of our generous donors who were present, Norman Sarafian, Dr. Marina Guevrekian, Simik Guevrekian, John Emmanuel Shirajian, Lori Shirajian on behalf of the Bezdikian family. 

There were 349 participants from the US and Armenia (84 of which were from the USA) in this year’s Science Olympiad.

Asadour Tarakchian was awarded the Helen Dabaghian Judges award for his continued support of the Science Olympiad year after year.

John Emmanuel Shirajian received the Dr. Armen Sarafian’s teacher application award for his dedication in science education.

This year two schools were awarded the school of the year award for having the largest number of award winning students:

C&E Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School and the Lyceum Photon of Gyumri.

In a touching conclusion, the AESA President, Linda Megerdichian and Board Member Leo Natanian, surprised the planning committee, Sona Juharyan, Arin Abed, Katia Kermoyan, Hasmik Shakaryan,  Araksiya Nadjarian and John Emmanuel Shirajian, Areg Gharabegian and Dr. Vardan Gevorgyan, with appreciation certificates, the youngest volunteer of the year Ani Shakaryan, was also acknowledged by the youngest volunteer of the year certificate, for her contributions.

AESA is committed to nurturing the next generation and is steadfast in our mission to enact change through science experiments one STEM project at a time.

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