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Senior Night, Thursday, January 30, 6:30 PM

Our Young Discoverers in Downtown Los Angeles

On that day, we, the “young discoverers”, met at the Metro Gold Line, Sierra Madre station. We got off at Union Station, and got on the Red Line.
 
Mr. Daduryan first took us to the Observatory Deck of the Los Angeles City Hall on the 27th floor. The observation deck gave us a 360-degree view of L.A., from the Pacific Ocean to the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains. I was amazed by the view. It was breathtaking.
 
Our second stop was Angel’s Flight, the world’s shortest funicular, which takes passengers from Hill Street to Bunker Hill.
 
After a short walk, Mr. Daduryan took us to MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art). Since it was the first Thursday of the month, admission was free! It was a true discovery, since none of us had been there before, or had even heard of it. It was also surprising to see an Archille Gorky painting there. Mr. Daduryan gave us a brief biography of this great American-Armenian artist, beginning from his birthplace, the Historic Armenian city of Van, to the United States.
 
The last amazing place on our itinerary was the Last Bookstore, a cozy second hand book store housed in a stately old bank building. There we got to listen to some live classical jazz music, look through what they had to offer, and discovered some vintage vinyl records to add to our collections.
 
The most delicious part of our trip was the dinner at the historic Grand Central Market, as well as a tea/coffee break at Union Station.
 
By George Farra
Class of 2019
 

 
This was my first LA Discovery trip; I enjoyed it very much, and will definitely go again next time. I was able to learn while having fun.
Ethan Keshishian
Class of 2019
 
It was amazing and I always look forward to these trips. The delicious part was my dark choclate chip and nuggets ice cream from the Grand Central Market. The most beautiful part was looking at the City of Angeles from the top of the city hall. I felt like I was an angel.
Susan Kazarian
Class of 2020
 
This was my 8th trip and I enjoyed walking around L.A. and seeing contemporary art that I have not seen before.
Shoghik Gasparyan
Class of 2020