New Jersey Juniors

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SOAR-New Jersey Juniors was esablished in June 2014. Adult advisor for New Jersey Juniors is Paula Atakhanian

NJ Junior Membership Application News and Upcoming Events

Adult Advisor:

Paula Atakhanian

Junior Officers

Shant Keshishian

Shant Keshishian is currently a sophomore at the Academies at Englewood in the Engineering Academy. Some of his school activities include Select Vocal Ensemble, Co-founding his school’s Chemical Reactions Club, Varsity Tennis, and volunteering in the Midnight Run Club. His passion for learning and challenging himself has driven him to take Summer Program courses with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, to be a part of the New Jersey All-State Chorus, and to participate in the USA Memory Championship. Being active in the Armenian community is very important to him. Therefore, Shant is on the Executive Board of the AYF New Jersey Junior Chapter, and he is in Hamazkayin’s Nayiri Dance Ensemble.

Luciné Alashaian

Luciné is a sophomore at Pascack Valley High School. She is currently part of the AYF Senior chapter, and served on the junior executive for four years. She is a member of ACYOA and the Sts. Vartanantz basketball team. She is part of the National Honor Society at school, participates in a variety of clubs dedicated to volunteering, and plays tennis and lacrosse. For the past two summers, she has traveled to Tsaghkadzor, Armenia to volunteer at the Our Lady of Armenia Summer Camp, and is going to go back this summer as well.

Taline Janikian

Taline will be a freshman at Nutley High School and is involved with her school's student government. She is a senior member of the Shushi Dance Ensemble, a member of St. Leon's Basketball team and a graduate of the Nareg Armenian School. Taline plans on pursuing a career as a Veterinarian.

Zaven Atakhanian

Zaven is an Honor Student at Pascack Valley HS. He has performed at venues with NJ Hamazgayin for many years. He is involved with his church’s youth group - AEYF. He is an avid basketball player, his team the St. Vartanantz Basketball League were undefeated Champions in 2016 for the ACSA. His team for Hometnetmen NJ Chapter has won gold and silver medals at the Navasartian Olymipic Games in both basketball and soccer. In his downtime he plays the piano. He is a proud member of the Armenian Youth Federation and a student of Siamanto Academy. He has been actively involved with SOAR NJ Junior Chapter from its inception. He has compassion and a strong desire to improve and brighten the lives of our children.

Nicole Basmadjian
Creative Advisor

Nicole started attending Hawthorne Christian Academy in the fall, not only receiving her academic formation but also growing spiritually as a Christian. She is on the Varsity Soccer team as well as on the Varsity Track team. She graduated from Hovnanian School in 2016, where she was involved in the school’s government, representing the students as their Vice President. She traveled to Armenia with her classmates, living very enriching experiences such as visiting Kupelyan School. She had the opportunity to interact with Armenian children and plant a tree with them. Nicole is a member of the Armenian Presbyterian Church Youth Group in Paramus.

Natalya Atakhanian
Public Relations

Natalya is an Honor Student and Vice President of the Student Government at Hovnanian School. She has a passion for dance and music since she was 4 years old, learning ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and Armenian dance. She spends her downtime practicing the piano and guitar. She performs at various venues with the NJ Hamazkayin Nayiri Dance Ensemble and with AEDE at Bergen Academies. She is involved in her church's youth group AEYF and is also a member of AYF. She is proud of her heritage and is very involved in her community. She hopes to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

Alina Keshishian
Tween Advisor

Alina Keshishian is currently in the 6th grade at Hovnanian School. She keeps her culture alive through her Armenian Song and Dance. Therefore, she has been participating in the Hamazkayin Arekag Choir and Nayri Dance Ensemble since she was 5 years old. She learns about her Armenian heritage through her school and from being a member of the Armenian Youth Federation. Alina enjoys playing sports like basketball, soccer, and skiing. She loves to be creative and to interact with younger kids.

Junior Members

Knar Alashaian
Knar Alashaian

Olivia Arslanian
Olivia Arslanian

Ani Arzoumanian
Ani Arzoumanian

Anabelle Atakhanian

Nicolette Atakhanian

Gregory Nargizian

Jiro Papazian
Jiro Papazian

Andrew Wallace
Andrew Wallace

Christiane Ezgilioglu

Grace Ezgilioglu

Juliet Ezgilioglu

Arda Hajjar

Nshan Atakhanian

Taleen Atakhanian

Gabriel Basmadjian

Victoria Basmadjian