Providence, Rhode Island -- The Mourad Armenian School of the Sts. Vartanantz Church concluded the school year with its annual year-end Hantes at Hope Highlands School in Cranston. The entertaining cultural program included singing, recitation and dance performances by the 65 students (ages 5 through 13 years old) in front of an audience that included parents and friends. This Hantes was dedicated to the "Armenian Child." Three students won the ARS essay contest. The school had five graduates. They participated in Badarak by reading from the Gospel (in Armenian), singing the Nicene Creed, giving the Kiss-of-Peace and performing ushering duties during the church service. During the next school year, the graduates will be given the opportunity to serve the Armenian school as assistant teachers, as well as to sing in the choir of the church and continue serving on the Altar.
Photo (from left to right): Principal Mrs. Anahid Kibarian, upper classroom teacher Mrs. Maggie Nalbandian, graduates Shahane Manoukyan, Shant Eghian, Aram Zobian, Mgrditch Arslanian, Harout Tashian, pastor Archpriest Fr. Gomidas Baghsarian and school committee chairman Hagop Khatchadourian.