Wednesday, January 3, 2018

“Ani” Armenian Evangelical College History Club Periodical (1965-2017)

“Ani” Armenian Evangelical College History Club Periodical (1965-2017)
Dr. Zaven Messerlian
Translated by: Vahe H. Apelian

Recently I received the latest and mostly likely the last copy of the Armenian Evangelical College History Club’s periodical “Ani”, which may very well be the only Armenian high school student history publication of such longevity. It has been published in its original cover design. The attached is the translation of an article Dr. Zaven Messerlian wrote in the latest issue about the periodical.

“Ani” is the publication of the Armenian Evangelical College History Club. Its founder and the advisor has been Dr. Zaven Messerlian, who also was the founder and the advisor of the history club from October 1964 to June 2017.
The first issue of the “Ani” Periodical appeared in February 1965 and the second issue of the first year appeared in June 1965.  Henceforth it was published once a year.
Herewith we note the student editor of the year and the month the periodical was published.

1st Year
February
1965
Vahe H. Apelian
June
1965
Vahe H. Apelian
2nd Year
May
1966
Vehanoush Tekian
3rd Year
December
1967
Artoun Hamalian
4th Year
March
1969
Sona Hamalian
5th Year
March
1970
Ara Tekian
6th Year
March
1971
Ara Tekian
7th Year
March
1972
Vache Minassian
8th Year
April
1973
Vache Minassian
9th Year
April
1974
Viken Gulvartian
10th Year
May
1975
Viken Gulvartian
11th Year
May
1978
Hagop Sulahian
12th Year
May
1980
Khachig Dedeyan
13th Year
June
1981
Khachig Dedeyan
14th Year
April
1982
Nerva Fereshetian
15th Year
June
1983
Hrair Koutnouyan
16th Year
June
1985
Hilda Kuredjian
17th Year
June
1986
Heghnar Zeitlian
18th Year
June
1987
Zaven Kouyoumdjian
19th Year
June
1988
Lenda Soghomonian
20th Year
May
1990
Maria Sekilian
21st Year
June
1991
Yoland Nalbandian
22nd Year
June
1992
Maya Hosri
23rd Year
May
1994
Yeghig Torossian
24th Year
June
1995
Yeghig Torossian
25th Year
June
1996
Rita Lao
26th Year
June
1997
Elda Degirmenjian
27th Year
May
1998
Shaghig Doulian

After 1999, “Ani” Periodical did not have student editors. Henceforth the advisor of the history club Dr. Zaven Messerlian edited the writings of the 11th grade Armenian history students focusing on a subject.  Herewith is the listing of the year, the month “Ani” henceforth was published and the subject matter of the year’s issue.

28th Year
May
1999
Artsakh
29th Year
June
2001
Armenian contributions to civilization
30th Year
June
2002
Armenian Kingdoms
31st year
June
2003
Important Armenian historical milestones
32nd Year
June
2004
Armenian history subjects
33rd Year
June
2005
Armenian history subjects
34th Year
June
2006
Celebrated Armenian historical figures
35th Year
June
2007
Armenian Diaspora communities
36th Year
June
2008
Famous battles in Armenian history
37th Year
July
2009
The Armenian Genocide
38th Year
June
2010
Notable Armenian kings
39th Year
June
2011
Important treaties in Armenian history
40th Year
June
2012
Armenian cities in Western Armenia and Cilicia
41st Year
June
2013
Celebrated Armenian women
42nd Year
July
2014
Important dates in Armenian history
43rd Year
June
2015
Armenian Genocide
44th Year
May
2016
The course of Armenian history from 2492 B.C. to 2017 A.D.
45th Year
March
2017
Brief biographies of Armenian kings, prime ministers and presidents.

When we view the names of the past student editors of “Ani” periodical, we realize that many of them brought noteworthy contributions to Armenian life. We mention those familiar to us in chronological order as the editor of “Ani” periodical.
Dr. Vahe H. Apelian – A pharmaceutical scientist by career, editor of books and the author of three volumes sequel “The Way We Were”.
Vehanous Tekian – A renowned Armenian poetess and author of many books.
Artoun Hamalian – A pedagogue, former principal of schools, presently the director of the Education Department of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU).
Sona Hamalian – An activist who has held important civic positions both in Diaspora and in Armenia.
Dr. Ara Tekian – An internationally acclaimed scholar and leader in health professions education and recipient of Ellis Island Award.
Dr. Viken Gulvartian (1956-2016) – A pharmacist by profession and a long time Board Member of AGBU Manougian-Demirdjian School. He was instrumental in the establishment of a modern Visual Arts Department with its drama, dance, art and music sections. 
Hagop Sulahian – An architect and an award-winning artist.
Khachig Dedeyan – A poet and author of books. For the past many years he is the chancellor at the Armenian Catholicosate of Great House of Cilicia.
Nerses Fereshetian (Kazanjian) – An architect.
Hrair Koutnouyan, MD – A medical doctor.
Hilda Kuredjian Hartounian – The chairwoman of the Tekeyan Cultural Association in New Jersey.
Zaven Kouyoumjian – A well-known Lebanese talk show host, producer, and television personality and author of several books.
Linda Soghomonian Gedinian – A fashion promoter and marketer.
Maria Sekilian – A nurse and a candidate for doctor in nursing.
Yoland Nalbandian – A film director
Maya Hosri – A pedagogue
Yeghig Torossian – The chairman of the West Beirut A.R.F.
Rita Lao (Manjilikian) – A social worker in Lebanon and in Armenia where she currently resides.
Elda Degirmenjian – A pianist and a teacher of piano.
Shaghig Doulian (Titizian) – An employee of a pharmaceutical company.

Dr. Zaven Messerlian
Honorary Principal




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