The Armenian National Committee — Glendale Chapter Summer Internship Program participants are Nare Kupelian, Talar Malakian, Greg Mirza-Avakyan and Tatev Oganyan.

Nare, a senior at Glendale High School, has been involved in the Associated Student Body, serving as vice-president last year and director of finance this year. She has also served as the president of the Student Senate.

Last summer, she participated in a congressional seminar in Washington D.C. Next year she will attend the Eleanor Roosevelt College at UC San Diego to study political science/international relations with an emphasis in pre-law. During the internship, Nare’s work will have an emphasis on community affairs.

Talar, a sophomore at Crescenta Valley High School, has been involved in the Armenian Club, Crescenta Valley Lady Falcon Basketball and The Falcon Award Scholarship Committee.

Talar, who will be focusing on public relations during the internship, hopes to use the valuable skills attained from the internship program as a way to give back to the Armenian-American community in Glendale.

Greg is a recent graduate of UC Santa Barbara where he has earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. On campus, he has been active in planning the cultural and educational events for the Armenian community.

With an emphasis on government affairs, he hopes to expand the reach of the Armenian National Committee in Glendale.

Tatev, who will be working on Administration and Development through the internship program, graduated from Burbank High School in 2007 and is attending the UCLA.

She is a member of the National Academic Honor Society at UCLA and UCLA’s Armenian Student Assn.


Christopher Noel Rincon, 15, recently celebrated his Eagle Scout Court of Honor at St. James the Less Catholic School as he was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts organization.

He is a member of the Verdugo Hills Council, Boy Scouts of America. To receive the rank of Eagle, boys must complete all requirements before reaching the age of 18.

Christopher is a 2007 graduate of St. James The Less Catholic School and just completed his first year at St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge. He is the son of Marta and Noel Rincon.

He received his Arrow of Light, Cub Scouts’ highest achievement, from Pack 314 prior to bridging to Boy Scouts. He joined Troop 288 in April 2004. As a Boy Scout, he has earned 22 merit badges and has served as Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader and Instructor.

As Christopher was getting ready to graduate from St. James The Less Catholic School in 2007, he knew he wanted to do something there for his Eagle Project and that he would have to find a way to provide the funds. In August of 2007, after two fundraisers at local restaurants, Christopher was able to move forward with his project. Christopher repainted the yellow stripping on all the steps around the school, fixed the steps and handrail by the computer lab and put the Sacred Heart statute on a stand.

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