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HYE M’RTSOOM WEEKEND IN WATERTOWN

ACYOA Juniors gathered over Memorial Day weekend at St. James Church of Watertown, MA, for the 40th annual Hye M’rtsoom program. The parish hosted a record-breaking 282 participants from 16 parishes across the Diocese for a weekend of worship, sports, and fellowship. The Rev. Fr. Arakel Aljalian, pastor of St. James Church; Yn. Natasha Aljalian; and St. James youth minister Maria Derderian worked alongside dedicated community members to ensure the success of the weekend. Events were held at the St. James Church’s Charles Mosesian Cultural and Youth Center, and participants were housed with local families.

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Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Contact: Chris Zakian
Tel: (212) 686-0710; Fax: (212) 779-3558
E-mail: chrisz@armeniandiocese.org
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June 5, 2015
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HYE M’RTSOOM WEEKEND IN WATERTOWN
ACYOA Juniors gathered over Memorial Day weekend at St. James Church of Watertown, MA, for the 40th annual Hye M’rtsoom program. The parish hosted a record-breaking 282 participants from 16 parishes across the Diocese for a weekend of worship, sports, and fellowship.

The Rev. Fr. Arakel Aljalian, pastor of St. James Church; Yn. Natasha Aljalian; and St. James youth minister Maria Derderian worked alongside dedicated community members to ensure the success of the weekend. Events were held at the St. James Church’s Charles Mosesian Cultural and Youth Center, and participants were housed with local families.

Lorie Odabashian, the Diocese’s coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, was present throughout the weekend. Maria Derderian delivered the “Insights” message at the conclusion of the morning service on Saturday.
A special program throughout the weekend invited participants to have their photos taken and placed under the names of historic Armenian cities and towns, which were mounted on the gym wall. In this way, the young adults created a large collage through which they learned about each other’s family histories.
The group also made more than 200 sandwiches for Pine Street Inn, a Boston shelter that serves the area’s homeless population.
On Sunday, May 24, Fr. Aljalian celebrated the Divine Liturgy. His sermon focused on the weekend’s theme, “This is Our Hye Time,” and emphasized the importance of honoring the past while working to build a bright future. On Sunday evening, participants gathered at St. James Church for dinner and an awards ceremony. They enjoyed dancing on a moonlight cruise aboard The Odyssey.
Individual Sports Awards
Beginner Tavloo
2nd Place – Anna Boloyan
1st Place –  Zabelle Minasian
Beginner Chess
2nd Place –  Armen Dervishian
1st Place –  Dylan Madden
Advanced Tavloo
2nd Place –  Neil Ferraro
1st Place –  Eric Trimble
Advanced Chess
2nd Place –  Kevork Atinizian
1st Place –  Greg Grigorian
Girls Ping-Pong
2nd Place – Madeleine Kachikian
1st Place –  Sophie DiPetrillo
Boys Ping-Pong
2nd Place –  Stephen Diefenderfer
1st Place –  Chris Parnagian
Team Sports
Girls Basketball
2nd Place – St. Leon Church of Fair Lawn, NJ
1st Place – Holy Trinity A of Cambridge, MA
Boys Basketball
2nd Place – New England Regional Team (Springfield/New Britain/Hartford)
1st Place – St. Leon A of Fair Lawn, NJ
Volleyball
2nd Place – St. Leon A of Fair Lawn, NJ
1st Place –   Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Church of Providence, RI
Sportsmanship Awards
Boys – Paul Chamesian
Girls – Sophie DiPetrillo
Overall Champion
St. Leon Church of Fair Lawn, NJ
Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan Leadership Award – Anna Margaryan
Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan Service Award – Zaven Dadian
Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan Vision Award – Lucine Boloyan
ACYOA Juniors Chapter “A” Award – Holy Trinity Church of Cheltenham, PA
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Photos attached.
Photo 1: Hye M’rtsoom participants enjoy a game of chess.
Photo 2: Young people pose for a group photo during Hye M’rtsoom weekend.
Photo 3: The group made more than 200 sandwiches for a Boston shelter that serves the area’s homeless population.

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