Recipients of the ASA Youth Appreciation Awards: Left to right: Adil Baghirov, Javid Huseinov, Fariz Ismayilzade and Sanan Nasibli.
More than 200 Azerbaijanis and their guests attended this year's Novruz Party sponsored by the Azerbaijan Society of America (ASA), which took place on March 17 in Newark, New Jersey.
For the first time in its history, ASA presented Special Recognition Awards to four dynamic young Azerbaijanis - Adil Baguirov, Javid Huseinov, Fariz Ismailzade and Sanan Nasibli - for their work in actively promoting Azerbaijan in the United States. The awards were presented by ASA's President Mrs. Tomris Azeri.
"We chose four outstanding members of the young generation who have already distinguished themselves in promoting their motherland in the United States," said Tomris. "These youth are involved in moderating discussion lists, organizing news services and developing award-winning web pages about Azerbaijan. They provide valuable input into Internet debates and are actively involved in disseminating truthful information about Azerbaijan, which is so greatly needed."
Adil Baguirov, deserves credit for
being the first person in Azerbaijan to create a substantial
web site about his country. Adil was up and running in 1995 before
many people in Azerbaijan were even familiar with Internet technology.
See Virtual Azerbaijan (VAR) at http://www.travel.to/Azerbaijan.
Javid Huseinov, 25, is a Ph.D. student
and research / teaching assistant in computer science at the
University of California - Irvine. He is an honors graduate of
the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York
with a master's degree in computer science (1999), a master's
degree in engineering management (1998) and a bachelor's degree
in civil engineering technology (1996).
Fariz Ismayilzade, 22, was one of the
early FSA (Freedom Support Act) high school exchange students
to study in the U.S. He spent his senior year in Oregon. He returned
to Baku and graduated from Western University with one year interim
study at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. This year Fariz
received the prestigious Soros Graduate Scholarship and is studying
for his master's degree in social and economic development at
Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sanan Nasibli, 23, received an MBA
last year from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and is currently
employed in Boston in the financial services industry. He graduated
from the Azerbaijan State Economic Institute (now University)
with a major in international economic relations in 1998. He
is one of the moderators for the online discussion list Azeri
Students International, <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/azerisi>. In the future,
he wants to help Azerbaijan develop its domestic securities market.
Contact Sanan: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.