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Christian grads gather to praise

Posted: Monday, June 06, 2005

For Travis Tutt and his wife, Jerilynn, graduation was only half of their new beginnings. The couple is enjoying a whole new experience with the latest addition to the Tutt family, a newborn girl named Arrius.

Travis believes his relationship to God was enhanced with the help of Alaska Christian College. It was valuable time spent reinforcing the foundation for years to come.

Tutt came to the Kenai Peninsula from the Navajo Reservation in Arizona specifically to attend the college with Jerilynn. Following graduation ceremonies May 1, the Tutt family returned to Arizona, where Travis plans to play a leadership role on the Reservation, something he feels is lacking there.

"I want to give direction as a leader to other youth as a youth minister," Tutt said. "I'll take a year off to take care of my family. Later I want to go to Indian Bible College near Flagstaff."

While attending ACC, a school affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church of America, Tutt said the most important lesson he learned was in line with the school's mission of promoting lifelong discipleship. He said he didn't know God the way he does before attending the Christiancollege. Meeting other Natives from a different part of the world has been valuable. The college fervently targets Native students from the Alaska Bush.

"The important thing I learned was to have the integrity to know I can be a better person and walk in devotion with God and other people," he said. "That's all we need to get through situations in life — most of all relying on God."

The ACC commencement celebrated the graduates accomplishments combined with worship, many incantative songs of praise and prayers.

ACC 2005 Graduates

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Maxine Agayar

Cindy Ahwinona

Thomas Alakayak

Reggie Brown

Rae Fancher

Melissa Harrison

Joleen Huffmon

Louisa Jones

Kevin Kidde

Cameron Mixsooke

Michael Pitka

Wabe Sandman

Larissa Shimanek

Aaron Shugak

Clara Stein

Travis Tutt

Antonianette Thiefault

Adrianne Woody

Biblical and General Studies

Linsdey Kinegak

Encore Continuing Program

Abraham Anasogak Jr.

Krystal Camille

Beatrice Katongan

Cait Koralewsky

Jordan Snyder

Leeta Toshavik

Sylvia Tuckfield

Jerilynn Tutt



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