Jimmy Andrew, 2007
Jimmy Andrew came to Alaska Christian College in 2006 after attending Mt. Edgecumbe High School
in Sitka, Alaska. Jimmy heard about the college when a team of staff and students from ACC visited
his high school for a service project. Jimmy was interested in the unique approach the school takes to
education and Christian living, focusing on issues culturally relevant for Alaskan students. Jimmy grew
up in the village of Kwigillingok, Alaska. He primarily spoke Yup’ik until his freshman year of high school.
At ACC he found a supportive educational environment that helped him achieve his goals. Jimmy was
an influential leader in the Native dance group and in student life activities as a student. He continues
to share his faith and life experiences through storytelling, community involvement, and volunteering.
He is currently pursuing his B.A. in Liberal Studies at Kenai Peninsula College. Jimmy and his wife, Sylvia
(2007 ACC alum) live in Soldotna, Alaska. Jimmy works as an enrollment recruiter for ACC.
“Without ACC, I might not have had the confidence to finish college.”
Meritha Capelle, 2006-2007
Meritha Capelle, from Kiana, AK, came to ACC in January of 2006. She then attended North Park
University in Chicago, IL, and took online classes with UAF. In 2012, she attended a discipleship training
school called A Voice for the Voiceless with Youth With Mission (YWAM) in Kona, HI. Meritha is currently
living in Kotzebue working as assistant to the mayor with plans to return to serve on staff with WYAM.
“While I definitely learned a lot through the academic lens of looking into God’s word, studying and
writing about topics from the Old and New Testament, Brother Lawrence, St. Augustine and others-
-just as importantly, I learned through what I saw of the staff and volunteers at ACC who lived out
compassion, grace, servitude, solace, and many other spiritual disciplines/gifts. The compassion I was
taught at ACC was such a change from the overly judgmental world I was brought up in.
I was also able to receive counseling, which helped me in so many ways to open myself up to the
redemption God has wanted me to receive and experience for so long. I have dealt with so many issues
from growing up with parents addicted to alcohol as a child, to being in a very unhealthy relationship
during my adulthood. The counseling at New Hope moved me into a place of healing from deep wounds
I had pushed to the back of my memory. New Hope and ACC have sparked this new Love I have for Jesus
Christ, our Lord and Savior.”
Doris Hugo-Shavings, 2001-2002
Doris Hugo-Shavings, from Barrow, AK, was a student in the first class of ACC, and went on to receive
two degrees from the UAA in Communications and Political Science. She currently works for Shell
Exploration as a Service Performance Advisor.
“ACC was the best thing that ever happened to me. ACC’s educational program was so different. I had
to use my heart and that was much harder than using my brain. I was supposed to be at UAA that year
finishing up my degree. But God had other plans and I still got through my secular college and now have
a great foundation to build upon.”
Kim Kakakaway, 2002-2003
Kim Kakakaway, class of 2003, came to ACC from Calgary, Alberta CA, at the encouragement of her
cousin who was attending ACC at the time. She went on to receive a B.A. in Family Ministry/
Pre-Counseling from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. After working with the Billy Graham Canadian
ministry, Kim founded “Anchored Warriors” in 2010—a ministry devoted to discipling and encouraging
Native American youth across Canada. Kim currently works with Canadian aboriginal youth as a “Circle
of Supports Connector” in Calgary. She was alumnus of the year in 2011.
“The year I was at ACC wasn’t easy, but well worth it. I was given opportunities to work through difficult
life issues with counseling, be challenged spiritually through classes and the mentorship of the staff, and
of course made significant friendships that can last a lifetime.”