2019 ACYOA Juniors Fall Sports Weekend

Young Armenian Church members ages 13 to 18 came together over Columbus Day weekend for the annual ACYOA Juniors Fall Sports Weekend. At Camp Kweebec in Schwenksville, PA, 213 participants from 14 parishes across the Eastern Diocese gathered for three days of worship, sports, and fellowship.

Tanya Bardakjian and Shake Derderian, youth advisors at the St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Church of Wynnewood, PA, organized and led the weekend, working alongside dedicated community members.

Fr. Oshagan Gulgulian, pastor of the Wynnewood parish, and Fr. Hakob Gevorgyan, pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Cheltenham, PA, visited the youth on Saturday afternoon. Kathryn Ashbahian, of the Diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, participated and photographed throughout the weekend.

Under the theme of “Living the Hye Life,” the ACYOA Juniors enjoyed the full variety of activities available on the expansive campgrounds. On Saturday, participants played sports and individual games. They had the opportunity to zipline, rock climb, and rope swing. Once the sports concluded for the day, participants gathered for dinner and an evening dance, in an indoor/outdoor setting complete with games and ice cream.

On Sunday morning Dn. Michael Sabounjian, diaconal intern at the Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Church in Providence, RI, led the participants in a rejuvenating Morning Hour service. Throughout the day, participants continued to compete in their individual and team sports, and took advantage of the beautiful sunny weather.

That evening, participants enjoyed a dinner and awards ceremony and dance. On Monday morning, everyone gathered for a farewell bagel breakfast before heading back to their parish communities.

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Beginners Chess
1st place: Tigran Safaryan (Holy Trinity, Cheltenham, PA)
2nd place: Andre Ayazian (St. Leon, Fair Lawn, NJ)

Advanced Chess
1stPlace: Hayk Safaryan (Holy Trinity, Cheltenham, PA)
2nd place: Peter Meshkov (St. Peter, Watervliet, NY)

Beginners Tavloo
1st place:  Lulu Teager (Holy Trinity, Cambridge, MA
2nd place:  Andrew Zoraian (St. Leon, Fair Lawn, NJ)

Advanced Tavloo
1st place:  Nathan Kefeyan (St. James, Watertown, MA)
2nd place:  Armen Setrakian (St. Leon, Fair Lawn, NJ)

Ping Pong
1st place:  Shahe Jebejian (St. Leon, Fair Lawn, NJ)
2nd place:  Michael Nargizian (St Leon, Fair Lawn, NJ)

1st  place:  St. Leon ‘A’ Team, Fair Lawn, NJ
2nd place: Holy Martyrs, Bayside, NY

1st  place:  St. Leon ‘A’ Team, Fair Lawn, NJ
2nd place:  St. Peter, Watervliet, NY

Girls Basketball
1st place:  Philly Team
2nd place:  St. Leon, Fair Lawn, NJ

Boys Basketball
1st place:  St. Leon ‘A’ Team, Fair Lawn, NJ
2nd place:  Holy Translators/Providence Team

Overall Sports Champion Chapter
St. Leon, Fair Lawn, NJ

Female Sportsmanship
Isabelle Sirounian (Holy Martyrs, Bayside, NY)
Maral Andonian (Holy Martyrs, Bayside, NY)

Male Sportsmanship
Shant Cimenian (St. James, Watertown, MA)

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