Joshua Powers Receives a George Keverian Public Service Scholarship
An Everett High School (EHS) senior was presented with a scholarship named in honor of the late, great George Keverian as part of the Commonwealth’s commemoration of the 104th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Joshua Powers, the fifth-ranked student in the Class of 2019 and the President of the Student Council and the EHS chapter of the National Honor Society, was recognized during a sensational program inside the House of Representatives Chamber on Friday, April 12. Everett business owner and civic leader Alfred Lattanzi presented a $5,000 Honorable Speaker George Keverian Public Service Scholarship to Powers after delivering an eloquent address about Speaker Keverian and his long and distinguished career as a public servant.
This marked the second consecutive year that two scholarships were presented as part of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration at the State House. Powers and Tufts University graduate student Maxwell Fathy were selected by Everett High School and the Armenian Student Association, respectively. They were chosen because they preserve the memory of Speaker Keverian by striving to create positive change by helping:
• Individuals reach their potential
• Communities achieve their goals
• Society advance Democracy
Among those who spoke during the commemoration were Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, and distinguished businessman and philanthropist Noubar Afeyan. Renowned clarinetist Narek Arutyunian, an Armenian native who has performed all over the world, played two pieces for the audience, one somber and one uplifting, bringing the Chamber audience to its feet. Representatives Jon Hecht, Dave Rogers, and David Muradian, Senator Will Brownsberger, and Marilyn Devaney of the Governor’s Council also spoke. The ceremony concluded with an Order of Intercessory Prayer led by clergy from the Armenian Community.
After the ceremony, Powers had the chance to meet Governor Charlie Baker and Speaker Keverian’s brother, Dr. Jack Keverian, inside the Great Hall of Flags.