Sarkisian to give speech at graduation

Posted on May 25, 2016

By Chenelle Herrera

This is the first year where a traditional valedictorian speech will not be given due to the elimination of student ranks. Instead, student representative Aslik Sarkisian (’16) will speak.
Sarkisian was one of three seniors who submitted speeches and presented them in front of judges on May 13. Inga Yenokian and Ara Sukiasyan also participated.
Applicants were required to write a three- to five-minute essay of 700 words explaining what it means to be a Tornado. To qualify, a student speaker had to be a graduating senior with a GPA of 3.8 or higher.
Each student presented their essay to judges Martha Cooper, Brian Crosby, Rena Scharch, Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, and Stacy Toy.
Scores were then totalled.
Associate Principal Hagop Eulmessekian believes the change is for the best.
“Allowing a student representative give the graduation speech provides an opportunity for many qualified students to compete in the essay contest,” Eulmessekian said.
As winner, Sarkisian is determined to do her best.
“To represent my class is a very high honor, and to have the opportunity to do so is an ecstatic achievement,” Sarkisian said.
Clark Magnet High School and Crescenta Valley High School have also removed student ranks. Glendale High School continues to have a
valedictorian speech.

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