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Fun Facts about the ACYOA

  • The official ACYOA colors are purple & gold.
  • St. Mesrob Armenian Church ACYOA is the only parish in our Diocese to have three different Central Council members elected in three consecutive years.
  • Nancy Basmajian is the longest serving ACYOA Executive Secretary, having been in the position since 2003.
  • The 2010 Sam Nersessian Award was given to Karen Dardarian of St. John’s Church in Detroit, MI. The very first Nersessian Award was presented in 1979 to Karen’s mother, Mariann Hovsepian Dardarian!
  • Levon Altiparmakian was the recipient of the Sam Nersesian Award in 1997.
  • People in 64 different countries visited the ACYOA website in 2011.
  • Four sets of siblings have served on Central Council: Alex and Maria Derderian(Wynnewood, PA), Emma and Paul Hovsepian (Detroit, MI), Ben and Greg Saraydarian (Bayside, NY), and Arthur and Ralph Yagjian (Worcester, MA).
  • Rev. Fr. Nersess Jebejian has led more ASP trips than any other clergyman; 5 times between 1972-1976.
  • Seven former Central Council members were at various times St. Nersess seminarians.
  • The ACYOA was founded in 1946 by Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan.
  • On September 3, 1949, under the presidency of Archbishop Vartan Kasparian, the ACYO was established in the Western Diocese.
  • The first official ACYOA meeting was held January 12, 1946, in Providence, RI.
  • Eight former Central Council members have served as full-time staff in various ministries at the Diocese: Daron Bolat, Maria Derderian, Laura Gononian-Mayer,Joseph Kalemkerian, Lydia Kurkjian, Steve Megrdichian, Jennifer Morris, Louise Yeghissian-Kalemkerian.
  • The current president of the ACYOA is Archbishop Khajag Barsamian.
  • In 2003, the ACYOA Chairman was Saro Kalayjian.
  • The overall champion at the 2009 Sports Weekend was St. Leons Armenian Church, Fairlawn, NJ.
  • The name of the ACYOA translates to Armenian as: Hayastanyats Yegeghetsvo Yeridasartats Gazmagerboutiun Amerigayi.
  • 2011 marks the 65th year anniversary of the ACYOA.
  • Maria Derderian has served the most consecutive years on Central Council. Maria served a total of 5 years, the first year as an alternate.
  • At the beginning of 2009, the ACYOA had 22 chapters. At the beginning of 2010, the ACYOA had 26 chapters.
  • Former Central Council members Dn. Diran Jebejian and Rena Jebejian-Megrdichian are the nephew and niece of ACYOA founder Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan.
  • The ACYOA Central Council is comprised of 7 members.
  • The ACYOA programming is based around the 5 circles of the cross: Worship, Witness, Education, Service & Fellowship.
  • The 2000 General Assembly & Sports Weekend was held in Chicago, IL.
  • Five former Central Council members are offspring of clergy: Zovig Ashjian, Ralph DerAsadourian, Rena Jebejian-Megrdichian, Saro Kalayjian, and Meline Kasparian.
  • Many believe the best hair in the ACYOA belongs to former central council chairman, Diran Jebejian. Followed by a close second is Johnny Elchemmas.
  • The chapter "A" award in 2007, was given to the ACYOA seniors from Racine, WI.
  • In 1970, the Chapter "A" award was given to the ACYOA seniors from, East St. Louis, MO.
  • In 2005, the Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan vision award was given to Arthur Sabounjian, from Holy Tranlators, Framingham, MA.
  • At the 2008 ACYOA Juniors Sports Weekend the basketball championship went to Holy Trinity, Cheltenham, PA.
  • Three members of the Derderian family of Sts. Sahag & Mesrob Church in Wynnewood,PA have served as Central Council Chairs: Shake Ajamian-Derderian, Maria Derderian and Alex Derderian.
  • Six former Central Council members married other Central Council members.