Class of 2000
Sylva is a Class of 2000 alumna. After KZV she was accepted to Mercy High School in San Francisco graduating in 2004. She then went on to attend the University of San Francisco, majoring in Business Administration and earning her Bachelor's in 2008. Growing up Sylva played basketball with Homenetmen San Francisco and became a coach for the younger girls team. She also was a member of AYF and served on the Executive as the treasurer. She also did Youth Corps in Armenia in a small town called Vayk.
Currently, Sylva is employed with Instacart as a Payroll Administrator. She chose this path after being in banking for nine years, she was ready for a new challenge. What she loves about her job is the team she works with. She says that she shares in the value of love through food that Instacart is striving to be the number one grocery delivery company. They offer people to access food they love and to have more time to enjoy it together. She uses her analytical skills to audit large-scale data she receives to process employee paychecks.
Sylva says she has many cherished memories from KZV: Social Studies and Science fairs, Christmas Hanteses, Washington DC trip and the countless field trips. But, her most favorite part was the values and culture they were taught through our history, songs and poems, which, she now gets to hear her children sing and recite. Sylva is married to Shant Atikian and has two kids. Her son Sarkis, 7yrs, is in 1st grade and Sophie 3yrs, is in preschool. They attend Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School in Clovis. She says that hearing them sing our patriotic and traditional songs and reciting poems gives her goosebumps! She also says that this sense of pride that runs deep through her soul is now passed on to our next generation. She is forever thankful to KZV for the memories, friendships and bond that were formed since preschool, which are her core group of friends that she proudly calls "My Kouyreegs." "Thank you KZV for being my second home while growing up!"