Volume 1, Issue 4
A.G.B.U. Manoogian-Demirdjian School 6844 Oakdale Avene, Canoga Park, Ca 91306
Everyone’s Talking About Talking
BY: ANGELA TASLAKIAN is mostly third generation here, the Armenian youth the more generations there
while the Armenian youth in speak mainly English. The are living in a new country,
Why is the new gen- spirit alive. This is so L.A. is mostly first genera- difference is that in the less motivation regarding
eration of Armenians not because they have been tion. The new generation of Argentina, the Armenian Armenian spirit is being
speaking Armenian regularly? growing up with each other Armenians living there speak youth’s parents hardly speak stressed onto the youth.
Why is the Armenian youth for years. even less Armenian with each Armenian themselves, mak- “I think the Armenian
losing their Armenian spirit? “The life we live in other than we do, even ing it hard to try and keep up youth should speak Armenian
Why don’t today’s Armenian America is so English based,” though they also go to the Armenian spirit there; because being Armenian does
children care about says Narineh Melkonian, a Armenian schools. Over there is hardly any motivation not mean only knowing the
Armenians or Armenia? teenage Armenian student there, they speak Spanish coming from the parents. traditions and participating in
Nobody knows the answers going to an Armenian private with each other, just like over This shows us that church services, that is only
to these questions for sure, school in L.A. half of it. Culture has a lot to
but there are some things that Basically, the new do in an Armenians identity,
can be learned about generation of Armenians in but language is as important
Armenians that have maybe L.A. are so use to being with as culture,” says Dr. Elli
been ignored over the past other Armenians that they Andreassian, vice principle of
years. think the whole world has AGBU MDS.
The question asking this many Armenians every- “I think, since the
why the new generation of where. But this is not true. language of instruction of the
Armenians are not speaking Some counties have very lit- school is English, all day
Armenian regularly is mostly tle Armenians living in them, long they are just hearing
heard in the Los Angeles area and they try very hard to English, and only forty-five
where there has been an keep all the Armenians close minutes is dedicated to
immense increase of together so that the Armenian Armenian class,” responds
Armenians in the past few spirit and culture will not Dr. Andreassian when asked
years. fade. why she thinks the Armenian
Armenian grandpar- For example, Egypt youth in L.A. is not speaking
ents are heartbroken when is one of those countries with Armenian regularly.
they hear that their grandchil- only about 7,000 Armenians No one knows what
dren are not speaking living there. The Armenian will happen to the new gener-
Armenian on a regular basis, youth do speak Armenian ations of Armenians in the
even though they are being with each other even though future. What we do know, is
sent to Armenian schools. they live in a place where the that we are very spread out in
Some Armenian schools main language is Arabic. The the world, and every country
stress the importance of being grandparents of these is different. This gives us a
Armenian more than others, Armenians do not complain large variety of Armenians
but the kids are all the same, about their grandchildren not living in the world.
speaking English any time speaking Armenian. Only time will tell
they can with each other. Armenian youth the outcome of so much dis-
It may be that the speaking Armenian with each parity. Being “different” in
Armenian youth that go to other does not only have to this country is hard, and it is
Armenian schools in L.A. are do with the place you live in very natural to change and
very friendly with each other. or how many Armenians are adapt over time.
They have been with living in that place, but also
Armenians of the same age about which generation you
from other Armenian schools are from.
for so long that they feel no For example, the
need to keep the Armenian Armenian youth in Argentina
93rd Anniversary meeting ended with speeches
from Archbishop Hovnan
Derderian and Primate and
This day goes to
show that ninety-three years
later, Armenians have not
BY: LIANA ATALLAH
The councilman of Mairdirossian. As these been forgotten. Our ancestors
our district, Councilmen speeches were held, news have shown a sense of
Dennis Zine, as well as broadcast organizations were strength that as latter genera-
On April 18, 2008, event for the Armenian com-
Councilman Wendy Gruel there and televised the whole tions should appreciate. This
students from Student munity. The students, with
and Council President Gil thing. In the end, students is the reason why we do what
Council Cabinet, the commis- Mr. Levon Keshishian as their
Garcetti attended this city hall from DHS School and Alex we can to keep those names
sioners, Armenia Club chaperon, went to L.A. City
meeting to support and com- and Rose Pilibos School were and stories alive and as time
Cabinet as well as prominent Hall in order to witness the
memorate such a tragic event. recognized and applauded for goes on, it is apparent that
members of Senior Class L.A. County commemorating
Council President Gil attending the event and show- this goal is being fulfilled.
Fundraisings were invited to the 93rd anniversary of the
Garcetti opened the meeting ing how prominent our
take part in a monumental genocide.
with a speech and the council schools are in the Armenian
Op-Ed Elections Art & Ent. Sports
pg. 4 pg. 12 pg. 14
Page 2 May 2008
News & Features
Too Hot, Too Cold, Never Right
BY: ANDREW ARPAGIAN helps prevent human caused ineffi-
News Writer ciencies. “In the past, we have had the
timers turned all the way, and the air
As I walk through the halls, I
conditioning would continue to run
constantly walk from the DHS Build-
for many hours after school closed”,
ing to the new annex. Things appear
said Mr. Keshishian.
newer, cleaner, and more controlled -
Despite the ability for teach-
except the temperature. I enter room
ers to request to override the set ther-
209 Ms. Kirkman’s classroom, for my
mostat at any time, they often do not
daily Journalism elective, but instead
use that freedom. “I get most requests
of it being welcoming, it creates sensa-
on a hot or a cold day, but usually
tions similar to those of a sauna, fol-
none on a normal day. Only during
lowed by the cold of a Siberian winter.
extreme conditions.” stated Mr. Boul-
Teachers in this section of the
ghourjian, our DHS Disciplinarian.
building are not blessed with the luck
The inconveniency involved in call-
of being able to adjust the tempera-
ing Mr. Boulghourjian and having the
ture. “I would love to have control.
request transmitted to the custodians,
The students make remarks and it is
can be time consuming.
disruptive to the learning environ-
Therefore students and teach-
ment, especially when they are shiv-
ers alike resort to using conventional,
ering while trying to take a test or
primitive methods of maintaining
quiz,” says Mrs. Kirkman, an English
homeostasis, without shivering and Photo Christine Haroutunian
teacher. “It is hard for them to con-
sweating. Both are seen carrying Students bundle up for freezing classrooms and want fresh air in extremely
centrate when it is not a comfortable
sweatshirts into these classes, prepar- hot classrooms.
temperature within the classroom.”
ing to warm up for the upcoming ice hot we open the windows, but it does- ration. Such perspiring makes stu-
The school’s Director of
age. n’t do anything” states Sirak, a junior. dents more susceptible to getting sick.
Business Operations, Mr. Levon
Unluckily, students do not Open the door and more warm air en- In the worst of conditions,
Keshishian, states the lack of thermo-
have a plan of action against the com- ters the classroom. Students are left students can resort to the room tem-
stats in the classrooms is “a step for-
mon heat waves surging through the with no alternative, and must endure perature water fountain across the
ward toward a more efficient and
classrooms. Opening the window has the heat, often causing intense perspi- hall, or swim in their sweat.
modern school.” The new concept
little to no effect. “When it gets too
Future Business Leaders of America “It’s a lifestyle.”, says Mrs. Bedross-
ian when talking about being a well
informed and connected businessman.
BY: NARINEH MELKONIAN as investing and buying stocks are molded into going against urges and One might ask how this revo-
News Writer discussed. Every Thursday meeting, having good judgment in our busi- lutionary club came to be. It is not a
a sheet of paper with the weekly top- ness-dominated country. This club surprise that our Armenian school that
Do you feel deprived of train- ics is given out to each club member has awaked a new breed in our lacked a business club has now got
ing for your business-related future? to clarify goals and intentions of the school, the clever capitalists of the fu- one. So if you are interested in
Well, feel this way no more, for our club. ture. stocks, or just want to make your par-
school has adopted a brand new club The club is designed to help Valuable tips are learned such ents happy, this may be the club for
for the DHS entrepreneur inside of students experience the stakes and re- as using your resources and logic you.
you. Future Business Leaders of wards of being a stock-owner to cre- rather than depending wholly on fac-
America is an organization that ate well-disciplined businesswomen tual numbers while investing. Stu-
teaches the business skills needed for and men. This is achieved by the dents are also taught to invest in
being a well-connected and aware, stock market competition being held. things that they find to seem promis-
stock master. This competition includes ing as a product for the buyers.
The club meetings are held each group participating in an online It is important for the mem-
every Thursday in Mrs. Bedrossian’s pseudo-investment game on bers of the club to make smart
room at lunch time. The club is gov- www.simulator.investopedia.com. choices for the companies they invest
erned by Andrew Arpagian and Each group is allowed to spend up to in, because the competition includes
Armen Haroutunian with their fellow $100,000 on their investments. At the the actual stock market changes of the
friends, Shaunt Avanessian and end of the year, the group with the companies. Students are encouraged
Vatche Yousefian. greatest net income will be rewarded. to keep track of the fluctuations of the
In the meetings, topics such In the meetings, students are stock market on a day to day basis.
From the Editor the fliers, which ones
catch your attention?
BY: NATALIE NAHABET Do you see that the Arpagian
Editor-in-Chief candidate put effort into and Vatche
the campaign? If they Yousefian,
With election week drawing did, they are probably
near, we are all preparing for the as enthusiastic as they
wonderful chaos that will take over say they are. So when
our hallways. The walls are covered you get your ballot on tures in
with posters, people are covered with Friday, before you business.
stickers, and sometimes the floor is begin to fill in the cir-
covered in chalk. Candidates have cles, think about the
spent countless hours to prepare candidates. Do you
posters, fliers, stickers, slogans…you want to have a fun
name it, they’ve done it! What you year? Do you want to
probably do not realize is that who have an enthusiastic
you vote for will be the one who de- cabinet? It’s ALL up to
termines how much fun you will YOU!
have during the year. Photos: Jasmine Terzian
By looking at the posters and
Photo: Mr. Martin
Page 3 May 2008
News & Features
Conflict To Study? or Not to Study?
Armenia That’s My Question!
BY: LAILA BABAIAN BY: VATCHE YOUSEFIAN
The junior class of AGBU- Yes, dear students of DHS
MDS was able to witness the ways it’s that time of year again…No,
in which government and politics not Christmas or summer vacation!
may actually have a direct effect It’s time for studying for those big
on their lives for the first time tests you, the students, take every
when the summer of 2008 Armenia May. You know what I’m talking
trip was taken into reconsideration. about, the A.P. Exams.
The political drama in Ar- Do not fret though; I have a
menia took a dangerous turn on solution for your cramming and
March 1st, 2008 when eight people late nights. My solution is taking
were killed in the capitol city of several steps on how to get through
Yerevan. The intense rioting in the those exams without having to
city square was essentially caused stress out that you haven’t studied
by a feud between the two presi- enough. Photo Mrs. Kirkman
dential candidates and their sup- on this ruler for your Western Eu- can look back at past A.P exams
porters over the legitimacy of the 1) Do not procrastinate, be- ropean History Exam.) (yes, it’s legal). Using this as
2008 presidential election. cause you will just be delaying and studying material is probably the
The winner of the election, delaying, soon your work will be 3) Make sure your notes are closest thing you’ll get to the cur-
Prime Minister Serge Sargsyan, the size of mountains, and then legible and easy to read, you don’t rent A.P test you’re studying.
and his party was accused of elec- you’ll just give up. Do your study- want to be guessing anything when
toral abuses such as manipulating ing in small portions like an hour looking back at dates or names that 7) You might want to hook
voters, buying votes, distorting tel- and then give are important. up with some of your classmates
evision coverage, and filibustering. your self a half 4) and create a study group, but don’t
The opponent, Levon Ter-Petross- an hour break. “Don’t just let your When the test distract yourself from the A.P
ian, used criticism of the current Make the ratio teacher’s time, your par- comes, don’t exams by gossiping, getting a
government’s corruption as his between your
campaign strategy, pinning the studying and ent’s money, and all sweat it! You probably know
snack every five minutes, or the
occasional “What are you going to
blame on the Kocharian adminis- breaks from your effort going through more than you do after the A.P?”
tration. 2:1 or 3:1. think you do!
Armenians of all ages took
the torturous A.P. class, These tests cost $80 to just
to the streets to protest the illegiti- 2) Read go to waste.” 5) Get take and you don’t want to spend
mate results of the 2008 election, the material, those A.P that much money to just fail, you
but were met with heavy military don’t skim! books in our li- want to achieve and say, “I got a
opposition. The situation grew Make sure you know the material brary or from Borders. The people 5!” Don’t just let your teacher’s
worse when authorities began to inside and out. Study from the who write those books usually out- time, your parent’s money, and all
use nightsticks, tear gas, and water book and your teachers notes; line most things that you’ve stud- your effort going through the tor-
hoses to suppress the crowds. The make outlines, because mostly the ied. Baarons and the REA A.P turous A.P. class, go to waste. Take
Armenian people took this oppor- A.P exams are based on the big booklets are probably the best my advice and you’ll be able to
tunity to loot and steal in some picture rather than the minuscule choices. Most of these A.P book- pass.
areas of Yerevan, and fought back details. If you can squeeze in some lets usually come with practice
using rocks and pipes. notes online, that would help tests which can be helpful with
On March 1, 2008, the gov- (Google someone’s name like your studying.
ernment declared a state of emer- Napoleon Bonaparte if you want to
gency in Armenia. They were then know some information on him if 6) Go register at college-
able to restrict the flow of informa- you want to get some background board.com as a student and you
tion by employing strong censor-
A.G.B.U. turns 102!
ship on local and international
news, closing websites to the pub-
lic, limiting non-governmental or-
ganization activity, and
undermining civil liberties such as BY: SERLI POLATOGLU were sick, people were starving, than itself; one that gives back to
the freedom of assembly. Op-Ed Editor and the country was in shambles. those who truly need help; that is
Though this state of emer- Yet we proved ourselves what gives me hope for the future,
Every year around this
gency expired on March 20th, there yet again; we were able to bounce and pride in our past.
time, students of DHS are re-
is still very little information on the back with the countless schools, I’d just like to take this
minded of our humble beginnings.
condition of Armenia available to charities, orphanages, and hospitals time to say how thankful I am for
The Armenian General Benevolent
the public. The 2008 Armenia trip that AGBU was able to put up. those humble few who began a
Union started in 1906, all because
has not been cancelled for the jun- Their slogan, “unity…?” proved to small organization, unaware of
of the vision of one Boghos Nubar
iors, but attendance is still being us that every helping hand mat- how large its impact would be.
debated in the students homes. tered. After being shown all the wonder-
After suffering the devasta-
tion of the Armenian Genocide, the Our 32nd anniversary has ful things AGBU has done, I’m
proprietors of AGBU knew that just passed, and once again, I’m proud to be a small part of a great
something needed to be done to proud to say that I come to this thing.
help out our homeland. Children school. Knowing that I am part of
this organization that is greater
Page 4 May 2008
Mothers and Cliques?
BY: ALENE ASHJIAN
Daughters The term clique is defined menians in an Armenian school
as groups of people who are
friendly with each other but ex-
clude others. High school is fa-
are subdivided? It is understand-
able that many of us don’t belong
in a clique, or don’t coincide with
BY: SERLI POLATOGLU mous for its cliques, when other cliques because you just
questioning a group of students at don’t seem to get along.
Quite frankly, I have never I’d tell you that certain aspects of DHS if they consider themselves Some of you may not be
been given a more difficult topic to your body aren’t, ummm…, the best. as a “clique” replies were given aware but friendship is a natural
write about than the relationship be- But you don’t need to worry about it, such as “No, not process. People
tween mothers and daughters. I’ve you’re beautiful!” really.” But walk- commonly re-
literally spent fifteen minutes think- Why even bother asking… ing the hallways of
ing about how to approach this arti- Every mom says the same thing.
DHS during lunch,
“From elementary to late to othersthat share the
cle, and I’ve come to the conclusion Now, on to the tourette’s.
that – I don’t have a clue. Mom’s have to tell their kids the you can see the senior year many same interest.
floors are scattered Such interest
Finally, it dawned on me that same thing 200 times a day. “Take
people have such as: sports,
I just have to be honest with my out the trash.” “Do your homework.”
readers. See! Some of my mom’s ad- “Clean your room.” cliques. changed friends like theater arts,
vice is already coming in handy. She
always said, “Honesty is the best pol-
Actually, I hear her the first
time – but somehow I just can’t seem isn’t filled with
they change a pair music, and so on.
icy.” to get off my bed and do what she your average of shoes.” But then
Hope that advice doesn’t bite says. Poor mom, I’m the one who groups of jocks, again there are
you in the butt mom! made her this way. preps, nerds, and also many
I can only speak from per- As for OCD - well that’s a so on. Many of social groups are cliques who are also friends be-
sonal experience, and through experi- logical response to the tourette’s. No
made up of friends who share dif- cause they have nothing in com-
ence I have learned that in order to matter how many times she asks me
be a good mother, you have to be a to clean my room, I never do it. So, ferent interests, one group of mon. As mentioned earlier the
compulsive liar, have a touch of she ends up doing it. And boy, does friends even mention they “com- uniqueness of each friend, or the
tourette’s, mild OCD, delusions of she do an amazing job. After she plete each other.” missing character, is united by
grandeur, and be possessive in na- goes on one of her cleaning sprees I Considering DHS is an friendship. Not to mention,
ture. All this culminates in the psy- see things in my room I didn’t even Armenian private school, students friendship is the most valuable
chosis necessary to carry out your know I had – like a rug! should be united rather than di- thing you can have. It takes pa-
motherly duties. Delusions of grandeur – all vided. Weather we are “bolsahye, tience and trust.
parsgahye, beyruitsi, or hayas- From elementary to senior
tansi” should not matter, espe- year many people have changed
cially because those titles are only friends like they change a pair of
given based on our family back- shoes. Reasons can include dis-
grounds. agreements, misunderstandings,
When asking a senior with or simply not being on the ”same
a non-Armenian background from page.” Sometimes it just is not
a public school what he thought meant to be and other times a lit-
of Armenians, he answered that tle more work is needed in the
most of the Armenians at his friendship to make it last.
school only hung out with one an- By the time senior year
other and disregarded everyone has come the chemistry of cliques
else that was not Armenian. He and friends have been mixed, re-
even replied that the Armenians placed, and balanced. The future
always hang out at a certain part will have you looking back on
of the school apart from everyone high school conflicts as minor is-
else. One day he even decided to sues, and all that will remain is
join the Armenian Club provided those memories spent with those
at the school as a joke, but he in your clique.
backed down after watching a To some those memories
Photo Mrs. Kirkman
group of Armenian stare him will seem unworthy if they are
Mother and Daughter Esther and Liana Atallah enjoy a very close re- down. not continued and to others the
lationship with each other. Coming from an Armen- experiences with those group of
ian point of view its good to know friends will be carried on with an-
Let’s begin with the compul- moms think they can do everything that Armenians across the diaspo- other group of friends maybe Ar-
sive liar bit, shall we? All mother’s at any time anywhere. Exhibit A:
ras keep a strong bond with one menian, foreign, or both.
think their children are beautiful. “Mom, I didn’t pack for
Don’t get me wrong, I see an inner Turkey yet.” another, but how is it that the Ar-
beauty in all of us, but some of us “Serli our plane leaves in 3
just don’t have physical beauty. To hours!” possessive in nature. They are ob- anyways – it just evolves as we get
put it bluntly, there are some UGLY “Sorry mom.” sessed with their children. If their chil- older.
people in this world. THIS PORTION OF CONVERSA- dren weren’t related to them they There’s no way around it – one
However, when said aestheti- TION CONTAINS EXPLICIT CON- could be considered stalkers. They day we’ll all be psychotic, doting
cally-challenged people ask their TENT NOT SUITABLE FOR want to know everything about our mothers that incessantly complain
mothers for, say, fashion advice, the CHILDREN. lives, and, of course, once we don’t about their kids but can never seem to
mother always tells them, “Anything And then, magically, 10 min- tell them anything and have gargan- let them go. Ah… the joys of mother-
would look great on you sweetheart, utes later my mom has 3 suitcases tuan arguments about privacy, their hood.
your beautiful.” packed, complete with toothbrush, obsession kicks in. They ground us, But, I must say, I do have a
I once asked my mother, hairdryer, and magazines lest I get just so they can keep us under their tremendous amount of respect for all
“Mom, if I was ugly, would you tell bored. So, I guess that wouldn’t wing a little bit longer. the moms out there. I wouldn’t want
me?” make it delusions of grandeur – they Well girls, I’ve just introduced you any less crazy.
What did she say? “Of course actually can do it all! you to your future. Scary, right?
dear. I wouldn’t be mean about it, but And finally, my favorite – We all start out a little weird
Page 5 May 2008
forcing us to come here, then why go forward just a bit more when it
Muttled Morale do we bother opening our mouths comes to trying new things or tak-
when it comes to school spirit and ing on new competitions and proj-
even worse, laugh at those who ects. It doesn’t take much effort to
BY: LARA ALTUNIAN actually show they care? say, “Good job, next time it’ll be
Senior Editor Thankfully, there are a even better!” to someone and
group of people (however small) mean it.
Upon entering most school school. that do their best to make the place We don’t have to partici-
campuses, we immediately see a I’m not saying everyone where we spend most of the first pate in everything directly and we
giant banner depicting a magnifi- has to jump for joy over every an- half of our lives should defi-
cent emblem in flashing colors, nouncement made over the P.A., (sad but true) nitely not
which may read “GO but it would be nice not to hear, more pleasant
LIONS!”…or “…TIGERS!”…or “Who cares!?” or “So what!?” and enjoyable. It
“School spirit is gen- forcedoing so, into
“…BEARS!” and oh my! the when someone mentions the bas- seems to me that erally defined as feel- but we can try
countless other different possibili- ketball team’s win against a school most of us need
ties there are for naming a school’s other than Pilibos. to open our eyes
ing enthusiasm for to be a bit more consider-
sports team. A large number of Every little thing our a bit more and your school and its ate of every-
the students at these schools are school does to advance itself is consider every- one working to
eager to go to their teams’ games important and should matter to the thing around us –
achievements.” make DHS a
and often show interest when they students since hey, we already especially the better place.
hear about them winning. spend most of our time here any- students’, teachers’, and parents’ Plus, let’s not forget that in order
What are all these things way. The words “Second Home” attempts at improving what we for things to improve in the first
representative of?…School Spirit. come to mind, and although that have. We should try to support place, we first need to show inter-
There are two words that mean a sounds corny, it’s true. them for their efforts. est and enthusiasm about making a
lot to some people and almost It’s funny how the same This article was not written change.
nothing to others. This has always people who sigh and roll their eyes for the purpose of calling out the Our sports teams, art pro-
been a controversial issue for the when told not to miss the upcom- people who don’t yell at all the grams, etcetera will not excel if
students of DHS. Do we have ing girls’ volleyball game are the games or participate in all the we keep on raining on everyone’s
enough of it? How would we ones that are making several of the events our school has, but to call parade. We’re less likely to do our
know without properly defining it? numerous complaints about our to everyone’s attention the idea best when everyone around us dis-
Does it honestly matter? school’s poor performance in that DHS is the place we go to al- courages us from trying to suc-
School spirit is generally sports and its unwillingness to most every day. Although this is ceed. So instead of being a wet
defined as feeling enthusiasm for compete with other schools in the reason for many people’s an- blanket, let’s work harder to im-
your school and its achievements. anything other than academics. tagonism built up against it, we prove our school and everything in
Unfortunately, many people prac- If we’re going to act like should instead find a way to ap- it. It all starts with a little bit of
tically don’t care whether some- we could care less about DHS and preciate what we have and push school spirit.
thing significant happens at our whine about why our parents are our school and the people in it to
pictures taken by Booster Club
S c h o o l s p i r i t a t s p o r t i n g e v e n t s ? S o m e h a v e n o s p e c t a t o r a n d s o m e
h a v e a l o t . C o m e o u t a n d s u p p o r t o u r s p o r t s t e a m s a t a l l e v e n t s .
Billy and Amy pressure students for their votes.
Comic by: Tamar Melkonian
Page 6 May 2008
Advice & Fun Page
Houri Tantig Answers Your Questions It’s natural to feel anxious when com-
peting in a competition as big as stu-
From: Confusedlover worry about it so much. I’m sure From: confusedfeller dent council. The first step to winning
I am still in love with my ex. I can they will support you no matter what Being a guy, it’s hard to tell my is being confident in yourself. You
tell he still loves me and I want him you do. friends that I really like a girl because have to feel like you are going to win
back. But he has a new girlfriend. I’m scared that they will like the same so others can see how much you want
What can I do? From: ConcertChaos girl and that the girl will like them to win. You should only be nervous if
My girlfriend moved away so we had back. What can I do? you haven’t prepared for your cam-
Dear: Confusedlover to break up and I finally moved on. I paign. If you have prepared all your
Okay, first of all, being able to tell have a new girlfriend and the other Dear: confusedfeller posters, labels, and flyers, then you
that he still loves you and KNOW- day I took her out to a concert and I understand what you are saying shouldn’t worry. Also, try running for
ING that he still loves you are two say my ex whom I still love to death. about telling your friends how you a smaller cabinet position, one that not
different things. You don’t want to My ex started to burst into tears and I feel. But if they are your true friends a lot of people are running for. And
embarrass yourself by approaching was heartbroken. Help! they would never do anything like that don’t let yourself feel disappointed if
him and seeing that he doesn’t feel to you. If you can’t trust them enough you lose, because you got the experi-
the same. I think you should talk to Dear: ConcertChaos to tell them that you like a girl be- ence of running and will be more pre-
him about how you feel and let him Having someone you love move cause you are afraid they will like her pared for next year. But whatever you
know what’s going on in your mind. away is always difficult. Moving on too, then they aren’t your true friends. do, never give up. If you lose, try
Try to find out how he feels about is even harder. And when you see again! Good luck!
you too, and if he likes his new girl- them again for the first time in a From: Studentcouncilconfusion
If you would like Houri Tantig to an-
friend enough to stay with her, good while, it’s very emotional. I’m sure I have been in student council for one
swer your questions, send her an e-
for him. You should be happy that he she knows you saw her, so I think year, and I really want to run for a stu-
mail at email@example.com.
found someone. But you never know, you should talk to her and catch up dent council cabinet position. But I’m
If you would like to remain anony-
he might still love you too, and leave with her. If you still love her, do the really scared that I might lose, and I
mous like these students just give
his girlfriend. Good luck! Be careful. best thing for the both of you and tell don’t know how I would run my cam-
yourself a new name.
her. Also, let your current girlfriend paign. What advice can you give me?
From: Goodmorals know what’s going on because you
There’s this guy who I like, that does don’t want her to suspect anything.
things I don’t like. This is completely
against my personal morals and I
don’t know what to do because I re-
ally like him.
Try to remind yourself of your cur-
rent situation with your girlfriend,
and try not to think of the past too
much because it is very easy for your
feelings to come back. Good luck!
I completely understand where you From: notasgoodasher
are coming from. Its hard liking I’m jealous of my best friend. She’s
someone who has aspects in their life prettier and skinnier than I am and
completely opposite of yours. But she is everything that I’m not. What
you have to understand that you can’t do I do?
change someone. If they love you
enough and want to be with you, they Dear: notasgoodasher
will change their lifestyle on their You are going to have many friends
own. But if they don’t want to in your life who will be better than
change, you can’t force them to. In you in some aspect of your life.
the end it is their decision on what There is always going to be someone
they want in their life. I say stay better than you. But, keep in mind
good friends with them and see what that you have many good aspects to
happens in the future. Whatever you yourself as well and that you are
do, never lose him/her as a friend. probably better than your friends at
Hope that helped! something. You might think fondly of
your friend and how pretty and
From: Raceconfusion skinny she is, but I’m sure she does-
I have an American girlfriend but my n’t feel the same way. She probably
mom won’t let me go out with her says the same thing about you, talk-
because she isn’t Armenian. ing about how smart you are. She
probably finds flaws in her appear-
Dear: Raceconfusion ance that you wouldn’t think of, so
I guarantee you many people are don’t eat yourself up too much. I’m
having the same problem. Living in sure you are better at some things
an Armenian community, it is under- than her.
standable for your parents to feel the
way they do. They want you to con- From: lotsofgel
tinue the Armenian race and have My best friend always comes to
many Armenian kids. What they school in a bad hair do. It’s so annoy-
don’t understand is that we live in ing because I want to tell her but I
America, a country with many differ- feel horrible. What can I do?
ent races of people. You don’t choose
who you fall in love with, and if it so Dear: lotsofgel
happens to be an American, so be it. Part of being best friends with some-
Your parents aren’t the ones in your one is trust. I’m sure your friend
position. They aren’t the ones who trusts you and your opinion enough
will be with the girl, so they really to not get angry with you if you tell
dont have a say in who you date. her that her hair looks bad. She
Also, you never know how long you would want you to tell her instead of
and your girlfriend are going to last. being embarrassed at school with her
You might find that with an Ameri- hair looking horrible. I’m sure she
can, you won’t feel as comfortable as would really appreciate it if you told
with an Armenian. Sooner or later her, so don’t hesitate. She’s your best
you will see differences in your friend and you mean too much to her
lifestyles, and it will be hard to adapt for her to get angry with you. Hope
to each other. Just keep your parents that helped!
good thoughts in mind, but try not to
Page 7 Paradon Special May 2008
BY: ANI SHIRVANIAN
Every year, our school
celebrates the accomplishments
of our students with an annual
festival, Paradon. This year is
the Sweet Sixteen of Paradon,
so I thought it would be cool to
give you sixteen reasons why
you should attend Paradon this
year. The festival will take
place on Sunday May 21st.
1. Paradon was started
sixteen years ago, in 1992, by a
group of committed parents
and faculty members. The
name Paradon comes from the
Armenian words “park” and
“don” meaning celebrating
your spirit and blessings.
2. The Grand Marshal
for this year’s festival is Major
League Soccer player Alecko
3. The English depart-
ment, similar to last year, will
be hosting a few prestigious
writers, including Aram
4. There will be a trib-
ute to William Saroyan to cele-
brate his 100th birthday. It is
called “William Saroyan I
Love You” and will include
dramatic readings of his litera-
corn on the cob. The journalism will be part of the sporting events 15. The Armenian depart-
5. The math department elective will have a sweet tooth this year. ment will be putting on a presenta-
will be hosting a cook-off com- booth, with many dif- tion with the middle school stu-
petition, incorporating algebra ferent varieties of “The Grand Marshal 12. The dents called “History of the
skills into combining different candy. The Armenian Friday before the Armenian Revival” that includes
club will be selling for this year’s festival event their will be music, poetry recitals, and per-
key chains and is Major League an invitation only formances.
6. The Science depart- bracelets along with Soccer player Alecko event called
ment will be having a chem- Armenian pastries. Eskanderian.” “Tickle Your 16. The Sardarabad Dance
istry display, similar to their Senses.” This will Group will be performing during
previous experiments. 9. The seniors include a showcase Paradon with an event entitled “16
will be having a variety show, con- of our student’s artistic talents and Candles”.
7. The Paradon commit- sisting of many musical and all proceeds will go toward the art
tee will also be hosting the comedic acts. and drama departments. The Paradon committee is working
annual Choor drive, where they very hard to make this year’s
collect bottles and cans of 10. In commemoration of 13. There will be no judg- Paradon one of the greatest; so
water and soda to sell at the sixteen years of Paradon, a ing for this year’s festival taking everyone should come and cele-
Paradon. The winner of Battle book will be published featuring the pressure off of several different brate the Sweet Sixteen together!
of the Bands competition will sixteen inspirational stories of how groups who come up with events
be playing at this event. Paradon has impacted peoples’ each year. This will allow events
lives’. The book will also include to be more relaxed.
8. The different clubs at a series of pictures that represent
our school will be given an past Paradon festivals. 14. The elementary school
opportunity to fundraise and will have several different events
advertise at Paradon, with spe- 11. Several sports teams taking place in the different class-
cific booths. The Student will be playing each other during rooms.
Council booth will be selling the festival. A.G.B.U. Pasadena
Page 8 St u d e n t C o u n c i l
Student Council President
BY: SERLI POLATOGLU
problem with any other
As for dirty cam-
paigning, our girls will
have none of it. Diana
states she has experienced
dirty tactics throughout the
years; people putting others
down to make each other
look good, and she’s tired
of elections being “popu-
When asked how
she felt about dirty cam-
paigning, Ani responded
“I’ve been through the
Diana Oganeyan election process more than Ani Shirvanian
Coinciding with the challenge, despite their once, and I’ve been subject lose, but I’ll never stop try- enth with eight). I’d also
greatest political fervor that busy schedules. to dirty tactics. All I’ll say ing. That’s why I’m a like to have an Armenian
has hit our country in the “I’ve had time to is I won’t get involved in leader – my ambition and Spirit Dance, where we
past… well… four years play three sports, maintain it, and I would never put enthusiasm for Student would invite other
comes time for our very my grades, and have a anyone down, because the Council will never end. Armenian schools like
own Student Council elec- life,” says Diana “so I’d student body deserves a When I lose, I try again; Pilibos and Ferahian to
tions. have no problem adding President that’s able to win that’s what makes me who express our Armenian
This year the path- President to my schedule.” by running a clean cam- I am.” unity. In addition to winter
way to presidency is prov- Ani had the same paign.” Now, what sets formal, I’d like to have a
ing itself to be very fierce. idea. “You need to make Though Ani has these girls apart from the spring formal, and I want
Diana Oganesyan, a junior, time for your priorities, three years of student rest? What plans do they to change the format of the
and Ani Shirvanian, a and what is most meaning- council experience, Diana have for the future? Halloween Dance. I‘d like
sophomore both vie for the ful to you, so I don’t think is older. When asked if she Diana says that if to move it to a tent in the
title of Student Council I would have any problem felt this gave her an advan- she is elected, she’ll “push quad, and make it for mid-
President. (I’d like to point making time for being tage, she stated “I think for a homecoming dance, dle school. I’d like to have
out that both candidates are President; I love it, so I’d this puts me at a disadvan- because we need more than more casual dances for
female – can we have a spend more time on it.” tage, because people might just winter formal. Every middle school and high
moment to appreciate this When asked how not give me a fair chance school has it, and we school; like a ‘90s dance.
girl power?) she would handle working since I’ve already won deserve this because we And one thing I want to do
Winning the posi- with other members of cab- once.” don’t have prom. Even is promote school unity.
tion of Student Council inet, Ani responded, “To be Diana has served as though I’ll push for prom, That’s why when Student
President comes with a lot President and in cabinet, a student council represen- my main goal is to get the Council tries to come up
of responsibility; as there is no room to have tative, as well as Co- middle school more with themes for dances, I’d
President, one is expected problems with others. You President this past school involved. I’d love for them like to let the student body
to preside over all student have to put your differ- year. to have a St. Patrick’s Day vote on the theme they
council meetings, work ences aside and work with Ani has run for dance and a talent show; would prefer. “
closely with other members the student body, so no three different positions Battle of the Bands isn’t All of these ideas
of cabinet, appoint chairs matter who I’m working throughout her student enough.” sound great girls! Good
of committees, and, most with, I’ll make it work.” council career, and, unfor- “I have a lot of new luck to both of you!
importantly, fulfill their When asked tunately, hasn’t yet been ideas for next year,” says
duty as the official repre- whether she had any part- able to win. What makes Ani. “We all know that
sentative of the student nerships with any other her so determined? “When Skateland gets redundant,
body. candidates, Diana stated I want something with my so I’d like to try cosmic
Sounds like a lot of “Of course I’m close with heart, nothing will stop me bowling and laser tag. I’d
work, right? Well, both Talin, and I want her to from getting it. People still like to do it two grades at a
candidates seem up for the win, but I wouldn’t have a say there’s a chance I’ll time (ninth with tenth, sev-
BY: ALENE ASHJIAN taken to interrogate Talia and
Op-Ed Writer Raffi to get a better understand-
At the end of every year Tanielian and Raffi ing of why they should be cho-
the student body elects a new Khechoumian. Their duties as sen for the position of co-presi-
Student Council cabinet. Co-President is to maintain reg- dent.
Candidates work hard making ular communication with the Talia Tanielian is cur-
speeches and advertising their Administration, Advisor, and rently in tenth grade, she has
positions, but believe it or not SAO, take responsibility for all been a member of student coun-
many voters are not aware of Student Body-sponsored activi- cil for four years and this is her
why they choose whom they ties, and help the President with second year running for the
choose. any required obligations. same position. Her campaign is
This year running for To get to know both based on “Legitimacy and
Talia Tanielian Co-President are students Talia nominees, the opportunity was Honesty.” Her main goal is to
E l e c t i o n Sp e c i a l Page 9
Vice President BY: NARINEH MELKONIAN ommended weekly by the
Op-Ed Writer students.”
This year, there are the right choice, whatever This isn’t the first
two students running for it may be. time he has run for a spot
Vice-President. Patrick Patrick expressed in the cabinet. Last year,
Chamanadjian and Arteen that he will be very active Patrick ran for the same
Mnayan both want your and cooperative if he has position and lost. He is
support and vote, but don’t the opportunity to become back and as confident as
make your decision just Vice-President. “I’m glad ever.
yet! This article will help to work with anyone who “I haven’t given up
you get to know them bet- is in Student Council because I want to break the
ter to make your final Cabinet,” he said, “I’m Chamanadjian curse,” is
choice easier. cooperative and will work what he said after being
Patrick is an outgo- great with them.” asked why he is running
ing 11th grader who is run- “I’ll top Gaby again. For those of you
ning “in order to have a because I will stay more who have no idea what Arteen Mnayan
more active Student organized and be more “curse” he is talking about, His campaign is not 95%.”
Council”. He says he does active,” is what he it is the one that he backed up with the themes Although he is run-
not need any theme for his remarked although he believes prevented him and of elegance, pride, and ning against Patrick, they
campaign this year. expressed that Gaby is a his brother confidence, which also are close friends. “We went
“My graffiti theme close friend of his. Chris, from winning a spot characterizes himself. It is to tennis and golf together
last year definitely helped Patrick says that he in Cabinet. Arteen’s first time running last week and frequently
my campaign because it will bring many changes to “Last year I lost, for a spot in Student hang out,” he claims. He
helped capture attention, the school if he gets elect- and previously I helped my Council Cabinet. He says says that he does not feel
but this year it’s only going ed. He wants to make more brother with his campaigns that he wants to run “to any animosity toward
to get better.” Student Council events for four years.” Even after shake things up, like a Patrick in any way and
Since both candi- possible. He also says that their losses, he hasn’t given breath of fresh air.” wishes that they could both
dates are from the same he wants to have music up and is ready for a new When Arteen was be in cabinet.
grade, there is a possibility playing in the cafeteria trial. asked why he is running “Patrick is a very
that the eleventh graders while students are eating It is the time of for Vice President, he nice person, one of the best
will have a split vote. lunch. year when we choose a responded by saying, “The friends you can have, but
“I trust that the 11th “If the classrooms brand new student body. It school is looking for lead- my personality is what sets
grade is mature enough to have surround sound sys- is always a concern that the ership.” He is encouraged me apart from him and
make their own decision,” tems, why not the cafete- cabinet members may not by others to run for spots allows me to go forward,”
said Patrick. He is confi- ria?” he announced, “We cooperate. Patrick says he in school activities. expressed Arteen.
dent that they will make can play music that is rec- is happy to work with any- “Dr. Andreassian He also takes pride
one, but specifically wants pushed me to take leader- in his “armenianness” and
Ani to win the presidency. ship positions in the uses it for his campaign to
Patrick Chamanadjian “I strongly want school,” says Arteen. This demonstrate his passion
Ani to win because I feel shows that the Vice and drive.
that she deserves it,” says Principal believes he has “It is part of my
Patrick. He followed that leadership qualities. personality,” he claims. He
statement by saying, “I’d “Me,” is what added that he is one of the
rather Ani win and me lose Arteen responded to the rare students at school who
than me win and Ani lose.” question of if he was speak Armenian fluently
So now that half of endorsing anyone else who and doesn’t just call him-
the picture is drawn out for is running. Although only self Armenian, but actually
you, the other half is also eleventh graders are candi- is one.
ready to win you over. dates for Vice President, he Now that you’ve
Arteen Mnayan is an active agrees with Patrick that his gotten to know the candi-
student who is involved in grade will not have a split dates a little better, you can
JSA, FBLA, and the vote. make your decision based
Armenian Club. He says In response to the on your preference. Don’t
he has a “magnetic person- question of the eleventh take the voting lightly,
ality” and never hates any- grade vote, Arteen said, “I because their fate is in your
one. have most of the votes, if hands.
have school spirit, and have bet- for more than a year. He is cur- is supportive of Talia’s cam-
ter-organized events and meet- rently in ninth grade, and this is paign, and believes either one is
ings for the Student Body. his first year running for a posi- right for the position as Co-
She agrees to have part- tion in the cabinet of Student President.
nerships with other candidates; Council. Raffi is always seen to Hopefully both perspec-
and to make the cabinet more be in high spirits and enjoys get- tives have come across from
efficient she believes supporting ting involved with school both candidates, and the deci-
others would create an improved events. He hopes to help the stu- sion is now left in the hands of
atmosphere. Talia has a level of dent body interact with the the DHS Scholars. Take into
respect for all the nominees administration more, and to help consideration that this is not a
even her opponent, Raffi, who create entertaining and original popularity contest, and both are
she considers is a great guy and events. willing to help the school
she wishes him the best. Raffi is also friends with become not only a place for
As for the next candidate all the other candidates and is education, but also memories.
for Co-President, Raffi open and willing to create a
Khechoumian, he has also been bond with anyone in order to
a member of Student Council progress school matters. He also All pictures on these two pages were taken
by Jasmine Terzian and Mrs. Kirkman
Treasurer May 2008
and compromise and agree deal with money, my beat really fast”, she said,
Treasurer BY: TAMAR MELKONIAN
on one thing, because to
have everyone agree is the
most important thing.”
As it is her second
posters are going to be
around the idea of money.”
she said “I’m doing this
because the job is about
“It’s both exciting and a bit
scary at the same time, and
my speech is also what
makes me nervous.”
News Editor time running, Talin has how to raise it, deal with it When she was
Student elections Council is in charge of. learned a lot, and plans on and what to spend it on.” asked about the fundraising
are approaching, and we all “I would get the improving her campaign
need to have a clear picture middle school much more the second time around.
of what each candidate involved,” she said when “Last year I was
stands for in order for each asked about what changes running against someone
student to come to a solid she would make if she who was older than me,
conclusion. This year, both were elected, “because I and had more experience,”
Talin Vartanian and Narin believe that they are the she said, “but this year I
Kharloubian are running future of this school.” think I have the right to say
for the position of Student As the dynamics of that I have more experi-
Council’s Treasurer. a student election can ence.”
Talin Vartanian, a sometimes be tense, Talin It has been said that
junior on the varsity vol- refuses to become a part of bake sales are now prohib-
leyball team, has been in any dirty campaigning. ited as a means to raise
Student Council for five “I would never say money anymore, as they
years, and it will be her negative things about oth- take away business from
second time running for a ers,” she explained, “I our school’s cafeteria.
position on cabinet. Last would just say the good “In the absence of If elected she wants problem she explained how
year she was the things about people I bake sales we would have to contribute to the school bake sales help to raise
Fundraising Commissioner, would want to work with to have other events” she by coming up with new money very well, but she is
which only builds her in the future.” said when asked how she ideas for the student body confident that Student
resume’ for Treasurer as Running for a posi- would raise money other- to enjoy. She wants to use Council can operate nor-
the Treasurer is in charge tion in Student Council is a wise, “like a bowling night, this experience to know mally even without it.
of the budget and fundrais- bit of a gamble in the sense or Skateland instead.” how our Student Council “My goal here is to
If Talin were to be works and how she can get people to be more spir-
elected as Treasurer, she make our school a fun ited for school, and to get
would have to balance her environment for our stu- everybody involved, even
schedule between Student dents. the younger kids” she
Council and her Varsity She is friends with replied when asked about
Volleyball practices and many of the candidates her planned changes, “ I
games. She knows this, but running, so she knows she want everyone, six-
is very certain that there would be able to work well through-twelve to want to
will be no time problem for with anyone running. better our school, and we
her. “Us working can do this through
“It is my job to be together will bring us fundraising.”
able to control and sched- together” she explained Now, as both candi-
ule my time,” she replied, “whether we like it or not.” dates’ ideals and goals
“and I think I do have the This is her first have been said, it is the
ability to do it and still be time running for a cabinet duty of all students to
effective as our school’s position, but she has been decide who they think
ing of Student Council. that the candidates running Treasurer.” in Student Council for a should be our school’s next
Talin’s platform is don’t really know who they Running against year now. She says she Treasurer and vote accord-
based on improving the will be working with the Talin is Narin Kharloubian, feels a bit overwhelmed ingly. These candidates
cabinet and increasing stu- upcoming year until the a sophomore on the cheer- about running, but she put a lot of time into their
dent involvement as a votes are counted. When leading squad who seems shows her devotion in the campaigns with their
whole. She is primarily asked about this Talin felt to be just as determined for way that she is still deter- posters and speeches, but
focused on keeping up with pretty confident. the position as Treasurer of mined to win. in the end it is up to the
deadlines, so as to prevent “We all are pretty our school’s Student “When I come to students. It’s your decision,
last minute preparations of mature people” she replied Council Cabinet. the (Student Council) make it.
the events that Student “and we need to sit as one “Since Treasurers meetings my heart starts to
which Mrs. Kirkman, Dr. flyers, speeches, and any- Now the only thing
Election Season Andreaasian and myself
decide if the candidate is
thing else they can think of
that will get your attention.
left is for you to pick
which five students you
BY: MRS. KIRKMAN qualified. In general, the On the first day of the want to have running
Student Council Advisor students that run know campaigning, the candi- Student Council for the
Each year as the Council for the current what they are up against dates are up bright and next school year. Liana
school year comes to a school year, each candidate and they seem to be more early to make sure they Atallah, as outgoing
close, the school becomes must have demonstrated nervous than election week put up their posters in the President has some advice
a little hectic for one week. that they are dedicated to itself,” states Liana Atallah. prime locations. for the students on how to
That week is Election raising school spirit and It also makes sure that This year each can- make that difficult deci-
Week. For this one week being involved. They have once election week has didate was also interviewed sion. “Vote for who you
candidates show the rest of been a part of events rang- arrived that the best quali- and photographed by the think will better the school,
the student body why they ing from the Halloween fied students are the ones DHS Digest staff. Articles not for who you think is a
deserve their votes. Dance and Winter Formal that are taking on the chal- were written about each more popular person. In
There is a lengthy to Battle of the Bands. lenge of campaigning for candidate, which will allow the end, the people you
process in order to prepare A month before the your votes. you the opportunity to get choose will ultimately
for elections that most of elections each candidate Two weeks before to know each of them bet- decide how much fun you
the students at our school fills out an application and the elections, each of the ter. Read each article, lis- could have throughout the
don’t see before the week goes through an interview. candidates begins to pre- ten to each speech, and school year.”
of elections. Besides being “They have to go through a pare for their campaign. think carefully about your
involved in Student pretty detailed interview in They put together posters, vote.
Page 11 Secretary May 2008
Gary Markarian Lara Armani Mary Azoian Tiffany Esmailian
Junior Lara Armani is one Even though Tiffany Es-
of the four candidates running for mailian, 9th grader, doesn’t have
the position of Student Council many stable plans of actions, it
Secretary. doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have
Lara has a few goals if any ideas at all. She wants to get
made Secretary that she hopes she out there and motivate the younger
will be able to accomplish. She students, the Middle School in par-
wants to raise more support for Stu- ticular, into participating in Student
dent Council and get more involve- Council functions.
ment from the student body. Lara Another goal of Tiffany’s,
also wants to increase school spirit if elected, is to expand our school’s
here at D.H.S. horizons. In her point of view, we
Lara is not only the eldest seems to be more involved within
The youngest candidate
person running for the position of Mary Azoian, 9th grader, is our own tasks. Tiffany wants to get
running for a position on the Stu-
Secretary she seems to have the filled with different goals that she is the school more involved with dif-
dent Council cabinet is 8th grader most experience. What you would hoping to put out on the table if ferent charities. The Armenian
Gary Markarian, who is running for need to do as Secretary is to be, elected as Student Council Secre- Clothes Drive is a step, but that is
Secretary. “Organized and know how to get tary. The most important aspect for not a Student Council run function.
Even though Gary may things done when they need to be her is to bring in more activities for Even though the ages vary
have less experience working on done,” Lara says. the school. With the start of a new among the different candidates run-
Student Council events that cer- Lara has the experience due school year we should have a ning for Secretary from 13 to 17,
tainly doesn’t mean that he isn’t to the enormous amount of help she freshly cleaned slate. D.H.S. is our competition has been agreed to re-
willing to do everything he has to gives Drama Conservatory, and so second home and we spend many main the same no matter the added
go out there and make the next year far all the plays have been great. hours of the day there; why not amount of people.
we have an enjoyable year. She believes that after all the work make it fun? Voting wise, Tiffany be-
His main goal is, “To get she has done, and the connections Mary wants to increase the lieves that she has a good chance of
the student body to be more in- that she has established, that work- number of dances we have and in- winning. She is open to meeting
volved and give them a larger voice ing with Student Council will be clude other fun activities, for exam- with different people and is an ex-
and say in Student Council deci- easy. ple carnivals, throughout the school troverted person. She understands
sions.” Most people know Lara year, to give the students something the skill it takes to balance different
Gary believes that he’s the through her work with Drama. to look forward too. extra curricular activities together.
one up for the job of giving the stu- However working as a Stage Man- Mary believes that the key For example, there is her life
dent body more say. He also has ager and as Secretary, “Isn’t realis- to a being a good secretary is schoolwork, sports, and Student
ideas about bringing more available tically possible,” Lara said. Lara through honesty. When you prom- Council.
activities for the middle school stu- will say goodbye to Drama and ise the student body something it is Tiffany has been a member
dents. He believes that the middle open a new chapter in her life with usually best to come up with some- of Student Council since sixth
school should have some more being Secretary. She will be free to thing that is believable and some- grade and knows it’s workings in-
functions and be more involved focus and dedicate her time with thing that you can come through side and out. She knows what she
with dances (minus Winter Formal) the responsibilities that come with with. It is better to promise some- should do, including making prom-
and other Student Council func- being Secretary. thing not-so-great that you can be ises that she can keep, and what she
tions, including Battle of the Bands. Even though as the oldest able to do rather than something should not, including not siding
When talking about his among the candidates running for completely out of this world that with a certain side through the cam-
chances of winning, Garry believes Secretary and with the experience you know you won’t be able to do. paigning process.
that as one of the younger candi- to back it up, the chances of win- Communication with the With this year more than
dates he might be able to sway the ning are still questionable. Student students is something that Mary be- ever it seems there is a larger line
middle school votes over to him. It Council voting can be done for lieves is important. It would be crossed between two different
also helps his cause that he is up for those who are capable but it can good to get they’re input on things groups within the candidacy.
the challenge of opening new fun also be a popularity contest. Friends and than she might be able to incor- Tiffany has remained neutral
opportunities for the middle school. can be voting for their friends or porate some of their ideas into her among it all and has not taken or
Gary doesn’t believe that because if something as insignifi- own goals as Secretary. chosen a side.
he has a particularly high chance of cant as the way their posters have As Secretary you need to Tiffany is ready to partici-
winning. In this election he hopes been designed. be able to get along with the differ- pate with all the dedication and
to spread his name out into the If the vote is done on po- ent candidate members and Mary work it takes to be Secretary. She
school. Even if he doesn’t win, tential Lara feels confident that she believes that she will be able to do believes that she has the charisma
Gary says “I won’t be upset or dis- will win. If not . . . then the vote that. She has worked with the stu- that it takes to work with many dif-
appointed about losing and that I’ll can go either way between the dif- dents in different functions of Stu- ferent people with different types of
only try again next year.” He also ferent candidates. Lara understands dent Council and believes that she personalities.
believes that participating in a Stu- that the responsibilities that come will be able to work just fine with Tiffany believes that the
dent Council election can be a good with Secretary is not a joke and that them. previous cabinet members have
experience to have. you need to put in effort and work There is also the aspect of done well and is willing to live up
Gary is open to spend all into it. “So please vote for capabil- competition among the other four to their creativity and ideas.
his time and focus on Student ity and previous experience,” Lara candidates for Secretary. Mary be- She is filled with dedica-
Council. He has made it top priority said. lieves that competition will always tion, ideas to help boost our school
to put his effort into the different So if you’re interested in be hard no matter the amount of to open our doors and minds to dif-
jobs that the position of Secretary voting for the type of person who candidates running. ferent ideas, and shows neutrality
entails. has the experience and understands Mary is going to work with among conflicts; if this is the type
Even though Gary doesn’t the work load that will come . . . making the responsibilities that of person who you want . . . then
have as much experience as the then vote Lara Armani for Secre- come with being secretary as top vote Tiffany Esmailian for Secre-
other candidates may have, it cer- tary. priority. However she is confident tary.
tainly doesn’t mean that he won’t with her position as of now. She
give the job one hundred percent of believes that the real difficulty lies
his effort. Gary is filled with ideas with the students, and their decision
and goals to, most importantly, to try and pick the candidate that
make the next year of A.G.B.U. a they particularly like best.
more enjoyable and fun year. Confident but stoic, Mary
So if you want the candi- promises to try and make things
date who promises you a better better and bring more fun activities
school year and a larger voice . . . into the next school year. So if you
than vote Gary Markarian for Sec- want honesty and more communi-
retary. cation . . . than vote Mary Azoian
All articles on this page are by for Secretary.
Page 12 Arts &Entertainment May 2008
Books, Music and Plays
The book starts with
Roland in the desert, the last
gunslinger in his world, and
he is trying to catch a charac-
ter known as the “Man in
Black”, but the reader will
find out his true intentions
near the end of the first book.
During his travel in
Taleen Gharibian Julieta Arslanian Sirak Kalayci Vatche Yousefian the desert, Roland chasing
after the Man for some time
Imagine having to The Drama Dynamic, articu- The Gunslinger is and meets some strange char-
move from your home- Conservatory has come a late, perceptive, coura- the first book of the Dark acters along the way, a man
town, from a place that ful- long way since it first geous, and outspoken. Tower Series. This is only and his crow, a group of
filled your expectations, to began three years ago. The These are just a few of the the first book of the saga, townspeople who witnessed a
a new, dull, boring town plays have gotten more adjectives that describes so it’s only the beginning miracle that has begun to be
where everything to you elaborate and professional the best rapper alive, Lil’ of a great story. This story seen as evil witchcraft, and
seems horrible. On your as well as more students Wayne. even has some connections eventually a young boy from
first day of school, howev- being involved. Every year Born and raised in with Stephen King’s The “our” world named Jake.
er, you meet someone who the drama class keeps us New Orleans, Louisiana, Talisman, Salem’s Lot, and King describes the
suddenly makes your life entertained with a new Lil’ Wayne has just erupted The Stand. desert and its inhabitants like
more interesting- brings play. It has made us laugh in the music industry. Since the publica- an artist painting a picture.
new dangers to you and in Cash on Delivery and Don’t be mistaken this is tion of Carrie, his first He is known as the Master of
your new “hometown.” Rumors and evoked pity not the beginning for the novel, public awareness of Horror, but this story takes a
This is exactly what hap- and sadness in The veteran. Lil’ Wayne, his King and his works has detour from horror, and is
pens to Bella Swan. Crucible. real name is Dwayne reached a high saturation more fantasy and like a west-
The book Twilight This year, the Carter, started rapping rate, becoming as popular ern-type movie. He will trap
by Stephenie Meyer tells Drama Conservatory has when he was only 16 years as The Twilight Zone or the you in his type of world.
the story of a girl named gone Shakespeare perform- old. He was in the early films of Alfred Hitchcock. King gives a differ-
Isabella “Bella” Swan, who ing his famous play, A stages of Cash Money As the best-selling ent perspective on his stories
moves from sunny and Midsummer Night’s Records and now he and novelist in the world, and that will open the mind, the
lively Phoenix, Arizona, to Dream. There were two his surrogate father, the most financially suc- imagination. He creates char-
the boring and rainy town separate casts for this play, Birdman have made the cessful horror writer in his- acters that are lifelike and
of Forks, Washington. She Cast A and Cast B, each label a powerhouse. tory, King is an American meaningful. Roland is seen
lives with her father, one with alternate Wayne has had horror icon of the highest as a gunslinger, but in his
Charlie, while her mother, actors/actresses for several two major albums, The order. King’s books and teenage years, he was just a
Renee, is traveling with her roles. Both casts were Carte and The Carter II. characters encompass pri- boy who is just starting to
new husband, Phil. On her equally good and did an He has also had a collabo- mary fears in such an icon- learn the ways of the gun-
first day of school, Bella is outstanding job in keeping ration album with ic manner that his stories slinger. There are great twists
instantly the talk of the the audience entertained. Birdman. He was supposed have become synonymous and turns that will make the
campus. She befriends a The actors were so to release his album The with certain key genre reader think twice about his
few students and even sev- magnificent in their roles, Carter III last summer, but ideas. King is known as the ideas of the Roland between
eral boys compete for her the audience believed who due to his popularity his original author of all the his past and in the book’s
attention, except for they were and what they album got leaked onto the ideas that are instantly rec- present.
Edward Cullen, whom were feeling. They Internet before its release. ognizable to millions as
Bella sits next to in responded with laughter to Because of this he decided popular shorthand like the
Biology class. their jokes and with sym- to just give this to the pub- Killer Car, the Evil Dog,
Later on, Bella pathy to the affection lic for free and he went the Evil Clown, and the
learns from her friend between the lovers. A very back to the booth to record Haunted Hotel, every one
Jacob Black that Edward unique trait that made the more hits. of those stories are based
and his family are actually show even more believable continued on pg.16 on either a book or a short
vampires who drink animal was how the actors didn’t story, and each one as orig-
blood instead of human just act on stage, but also inal and creative in its own
blood. Bella does not across the aisles. Along
believe it at first. But, one with how wonderful the set
night, while Bella is shop- was, it transformed the
ping with her friends, she auditorium into an actual
runs into Edward and, forest.
while he takes her to din- All the hard work
ner, he admits that he is a and collaboration that the
vampire and has the power Drama Conservatory has
to read minds. For some put into making this show
reason, however, he is not a success paid off.
able to read Bella’s. Everyone did a wonderful
Despite their two different job, whether it was acting
natures, Edward and Bella on stage or the tech crew
grow close and fall deeply in the background. Now
in love. Everything is per- we will just have to wait
fect for the couple, until a and see what they’ll sur-
new coven of vampires prise us with next year!
visit and the leader of the
group, James, has his eyes
Oooh, I am sorry; I
cannot give everything
away. But if you like what
you have just read and you
want to find out what
continued on pg.16
Page 13 News & Features May 2008
be ri ng
R em em
Pictures taken by
Talin Gharibians and
Page 14 Sports May 2008
Booster Club Play Ball?
BY: ANI SHIRVANIAN BY: ANGELA TASLAKIAN
Sports Writer Sports Writer
You see them at all ference and help the athlet- we coordinate with the As we all know, messed around on the
the sports games; volley- ic department of our school high school and elemen- this year’s Baseball team field,” says Coach Bryant.
ball, soccer, basketball. raise funds in order to tary. We also organize has been cancelled due to Apparently, Coach
They are always there, sell- make sport life for the stu- titans awards night, along various reasons. First off, Bryant was not the only
ing snacks, supporting our dents possible. with the cooperation of the last year’s coach is not one who agreed with the
teams, and cheering our Over the years it athletic department. with us this year, and they monkey business that
teams on. They are the has grown to over fifteen However, our main event is could not find someone to went on during practice.
smiling faces who always people who have been able field day, on April 26 this coach the team this sea- “Last year we ate
greet you as you receive to accomplish a lot for our year, which everyone is son. It is said that the Panda Express on the
your award on sports school. Booster club, using anticipating.” boys’ league has been bench and were sleeping.
awards night. Yup, postponed to next year We were screwing around
that’s our AGBU-MDS when they hire a new a lot,” says a former base-
Booster Club. coach. When the team ball player.
“The AGBU- was asked how they felt But some boys
MDS Booster about the whole situation, look past last years mis-
Association is a volun- they said they were takes, showing that they
teer organization that extremely heartbroken. truly care about the team.
strives to benefit “The formation of “That was all the
AGBU-MDS student the team was late,” says seniors of last year that
athletes and enhance Coach Yervand, Assistant were eating, but they
the quality of our ath- Director of the Sports graduated, so we’re mad
letic programs and Department. that it got cancelled,”
school spirit through “Coach Vince left says Hagop Nazarian.
special events and fund our school so we don’t Too bad the boys
raising.” (AGBU MDS have a varsity coach, but have to wait ‘till next
BOOSTER CLUB we talked to the boys at year to play ball again,
MISSION STATE- lunch time and we’re but we’ll be waiting for
MENT). Not once have the funds they accumulate Being a member of going to try to get a team them the following season
they failed at demonstrat- through after school snack booster club takes a lot of next year. However, last and keep cheering them
ing their commitment to sales and field day, provide time and effort. Someone year some of the boys on.
that mission statement. our teams with many luxu- would ask, what motivates
Booster Club, as ries. the dedicated parents to be of the events always pays athletic events. We expect
mentioned earlier, is a The outdoor basket- involved in the booster off in the end, with just a nothing back but for them
group of parents who vol- ball courts, the weight club. smile from the kids.” to be fully dedicated to
untarily spend their time rooms, the jerseys, the tote Armineh Booster club really their teams and show
trying to instill school spir- bags, and the new school Shirvanian, a dedicated cares about us, and always sportsmanship. If we can
it in our students. Every marquee, are all funded by booster club volunteer said, wants to provide us with make such an impact on
Thursday, they meet, trying the booster club, with no “It’s a very good anything we need. But the kids that one day, after
to plan new activities for intention other than their feeling being in booster what can we do back for they graduate, they come
our students. Field day, unselfishness and kindness club. I recently joined this our friendly booster club? back and help the younger
awards night, senior appre- to provide our students year, and it has been one of What do they expect back teams by being a coach, or
ciations, and this year, the with the necessities. the most rewarding experi- from us? by joining booster club,
annual lentin lunch, are all Also, Booster Club ences in my life. Seeing “We do all of this then we can say we have
planned out by our dedicat- will be teaming up with the the smiles on the childrens because we love our chil- fulfilled our mission” Said
ed booster club members. PTO in hopes of renovat- faces has made me realize dren. Even those who Ara Yessaian, chairman.
Booster club started ing the Nazarian hall (the that I really am making a aren’t our children have I guess all that’s left
eight years ago with just a gym). difference. All the time that become our children in to say is thank you. We
few committed parents “During the year booster club puts into the some way. We want them love you booster club!
who wanted to make a dif- we have spirit week, which planning and coordinating to be successful in their
Comic by: Tamar Melkonian
Page 15 May 2008
N B A P l a y o f f s
They’re veteran players Billups, may make it all the way. to make playoffs and no one still
BY: SIRAK KALAYCI Hamilton, Wallace, and Prince are The biggest surprise are knows who will win the champi-
very smart and they work very the Los Angeles Lakers as they are onship. This year is probably one
The NBA playoffs have good together. very close to being first and they of the closest contests in recent
never been this close in the stand- But the Western confer- are being led by Kobe Bryant who seasons and it looks like it will be
ings. The Western conference ence, in another case, is having another ter- very exciting and a nail biter.
holds many teams that is the oppo- rific year. Another The teams in the playoffs
can become number one site. The first player having a great this year include the Celtics,
and the East holds two seed and the season is Chris Paul Hawks, Pistons, Sixers, Magic,
prominent teams that can 8th seed are who should get the Raptors, Cavaliers, and Wizards
both win the champi- only two MVP award since he for the Eastern Conference. In the
onship. games apart has led the New Or- Western Conference bracket there
When the 2007- and anyone leans Hornets with his are the Lakers, Nuggets, Hornets,
2008 season started, all can come up great statistics. The Mavericks, Spurs, Suns, Jazz, and
eyes were on the Boston Celtics. on top. The San Anto- Houston the Rockets.
Their new additions, Kevin Gar- nio Spurs are the re- Rockets also We have two Los
nett and Ray Allen, in Paul Pierce turning champs this with their 22 Angeles teams in the
seemed to make the best team. season and they’ve winning playoffs and tons of
That is why they are first in the proven up to last Fa- streak are fa- basketball fans on
whole league. They have proven ther time as their aging vored but campus. Keep your
to be the best team as they are players still seem to be with Yao hope up and we might
safely first but there is another hold on. The Phoenix Ming gone, see one of them in the
team that challenges them in the Suns with the addition they are not Finals.
east. That is the Detroit Pistons of Shaquille O’Neal probable in the finals.
who are very close to the Celtics. are starting to play better and they Other teams are still dying
An Interview with Liana Boy’s Volleyball
BY: MRS. KIRKMAN BY: ARMEN HAROUTUNIAN team has practice every single day
Sports Writer that begins at 3:30 and lasts until
DHS Digest Advisor
Mrs. Kirkman: What other sug- 5 o’clock.
With the school year com- gestion of events do you have for The boy’s varsity volley-
ball tryouts jump started the sea- The team has so far played
ing to a close and elections under- next year that Student Council 7 games. Their record is (4-3)
way for next school year’s never got a chance to do this son in March to see who makes
the team and does not. Boy’s Vol- after shutting out San Gabriel on
Student Council Cabinet, I took a year? March 31 at our home court. The
few minutes to sit down and talk Liana: “Having a carnival one leyball is a Winter Sport at AGBU
MDS, similar to other sports at team has also defeated their
to Liana Atallah. Liana has spent day during lunch and extend until archrival, the Pilibos Eagles, at
the past year serving as Student after school. Teachers and stu- our school, ensures a great athletic
regiment. the Eagle’s court. This game was
Council President and will be dents can interact and have a lot the last game at Pilibos for five of
leaving behind a long legacy of of fun with game booths, dunk The team’s coach, Coach
Hovik, lost his temper during a the seniors.
service and spirit when she gradu- tanks, cotton candy machines, Having a boy’s volleyball
ates next month. etc. School isn’t only about learn- game during a game while the
team was losing and the team had team is extremely important to the
We spoke about how she ing, it’s about finding the balance completion of our school’s ath-
feels about her presidency, events between work and play and that is to forfeit the game. After this inci-
dent, Coach Yervant, the athletic letic program. We hope they have
for the past year, and advice she a very crucial issue that should be a great season this year. Good
has for next years Student Council addressed.” director, took over practices and is
the current coach of the team. The Luck!
Mrs. Kirkman: You have spoken
Mrs. Kirkman: What advice do about student ran assemblies dur- democracy where everyone has an Liana has had a successful
you have for the incoming cabi- ing Student Council meetings this equal say and can contribute ideas. year as President and believes that
net? year, what do you mean by that? By doing so, more people like to the things that happened this year
Liana: “Always think ahead even Liana: “The students should get involved and essentially, a bet- “will continue to live on” as she
if there isn’t an event near, your have assemblies about issues that ter Student Council is created.” leaves her position and our school,
mind should always be thinking go on today, such as drinking, “Student Council will always
about ways and ideas to better the peer pressure, and so on. Having Mrs. Kirkman: How do you think thrive and better itself. Next year is
school spirit and get students in- adults spoon feed the students in- next year’s cabinet can live up to no exception.”
volved.” formation becomes redundant and the legacy that you and Natalie Na-
by having students talk to stu- habet have worked hard to put to-
Mrs. Kirkman: What was your dents, it impacts the students in a gether over the past two years?
favorite event from this past year? different way.” Liana: “As long as the cabinet is
What makes it your favorite willing to work and is truly pas-
event? Mrs. Kirkman: What legacy do sionate about Student Council,
Liana: “I know it seems cliche to you feel like you are leaving be- anything is possible. Hours must
say formal, but it truly was. This hind for future members of DHS be dedicated to running not only
is not because its the biggest event and Student Council? events, but meetings and issues
Student Council holds, but be- Liana: “I feel like I have brought prior to them. In the end, if the
cause I was able to see that all our a sense of equality amongst the cabinet is having fun while doing
hard work really paid off. Every- students. I allowed younger kids it, everyone will have fun.”
one, from the most school spirited to feel like they can come up to us
to the non-spirited attended the anytime and talk to us. Also, I al-
dance and truly had a good time.” ways saw Student Council as a