RADNOR, Pa.—Teamwork is an asset not only in sports but also in throwing the Armenian Sisters Academy’s annual Family Night dinner. Chaired this year by Academy parents Christine and Dikran Asdourian, the Jan. 23 event was hugely successful due to an entire team of volunteers—over 50 parents as well as 16 eighth grade students. The “Philly Spectacular” theme drew one of the largest crowds in recent memory, and nearly 250 students, alumni, parents, and grandparents enjoyed each other’s company at the Academy’s Hovsepian Activity Center in Radnor, Pa.
It doesn’t get much better than the standard Philadelphia fare of cheesesteaks, Philly franks, soft pretzels, water ice, and local Tasty Kakes. Eighth graders took requests for made-to-order cheesesteaks and ran them back to the cafeteria, where stations of fathers transformed into short order cooks. Alumnus Serop Buldukyan was the evening’s DJ and kept the dance floor hopping with American and Armenian favorites. Students, many of whom were outfitted in their favorite team’s jersey, earned prizes answering sports trivia questions. Parents had the opportunity to win one of several sports-related raffle prizes. A face painter transformed students into fairies, butterflies, and sports fans. Even the tables’ centerpieces reflected the theme with paper maché footballs, basketballs, hockey, and baseball forms.
Alumnus Avedis Keshgegian thanked everyone for attending and especially thanked Mr. and Mrs. Asdourian for starting the after-school basketball program at the Academy and running it to this day. He spoke for all students when he thanked them for their support and dedication, and to all the coaches who have mentored players at the Academy. The Asdourian’s son, Armen, an eighth grader, thanked his parents for creating the basketball program and giving him the opportunity to play with his friends. Lastly, eighth grader Christopher Selverian presented the Asdourians with a poster designed and signed by all current basketball players. He also thanked art instructor Armen Yepoyan for his help designing the poster, and the parents who created the centerpieces and raffle baskets.
In keeping with tradition, Principal Sister V. Louisa Kassarjian’s birthday was celebrated by all, and miraculously, she turned 29, again! Another delightful part of the evening was Sister Louisa’s announcement that Sister Hovanna Aroyan had joined the Academy faculty.
Sixth grader Stepan Cannuscio found the night “really entertaining,” while his classmate Anto Keshgegian credited the “great food.” Second grader Sophia Mangasarian’s favorite part was the Tasty Kakes, while her classmate Rebecca Selverian liked being with her friends. Parent Adam Selverian summed it up well: “I loved the fantastic Philly theme, the jerseys, the huge crowd, and fantastic food. What a great night.”