ADS Students Participate In Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery

Los Angeles, May 9, 2014 – TCA Arshag Dickranian School’s 10th grade student Rita Karaian and 9th grade students Mania Mgdsyan and Ani Sarafian were awarded with Certificates of Recognition from Congressman Adam B. Schiff after participating in The Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery. Under the supervision and guidance of Junior High Art & Art History Teacher, Miss Polet Zargarian, and Elementary Art Teacher, Miss Ani Vardanyan,  ADS students Rita Karaian, Mania Mgdsyan and Ani Sarafian submitted their artistic paintings in March to participate in the contest and compete against other schools.

The painting created by 10th grade student Rita Karaian

The painting created by 10th grade student Rita Karaian

Hosted by Congressman Adam B. Schiff, The Congressional Art Competition is a nation-wide contest in which high school students submit artwork that gets displayed at the US Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., giving students the chance to showcase their artistic abilities. The ADS students were excited to participate in the contest to challenge themselves and express their feelings artistically.

Congressman Mr. Adam B. Schiff and 9th grade student Ani Sarafian standing by her painting

Congressman Mr. Adam B. Schiff and 9th grade student Ani Sarafian standing by her painting

On Sunday, April 27, students Mania Mgdsyan and Ani Sarafian attended the Awards Presentation Ceremony of the contest along with their parents, family members, Principal Dr. Manoug Seraydarian and Art History Teacher Miss Polet Zargarian. The event took place at the Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, where an art exhibition was set up for visitors and attendants to enjoy. The students met with Mr. Schiff and conversed with him about their artwork and what inspired them to create their paintings. Rita Karaian had created a painting of her favorite tree after she photo collaged various images she had taken of it with a camera; Mania Mgdsyan had submitted a painting of a girl whose emotions about life events were represented through different patterns in her hair; and Ani Sarafian had submitted a painting that symbolized the relationship between a mother and a daughter. Mr. Schiff was charmed by the ADS students and expressed his admiration of their artwork.  The students were very happy to receive a Certificate of Recognition at the end of the event.

9th grade student Mania Mgdsyan with her mother by her painting

9th grade student Mania Mgdsyan with her mother by her painting

Located at 1200 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, the TCA Arshag Dickranian Armenian School is a federally tax exempt, Pre-K to 12th grade private educational institution. For more information visit the school website at www.dickranianschool.org.

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