ERCS grads go back a ways

Christian school’s class of six a dedicated group


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Few groups of graduating seniors are as tight knit as Eagle River Christian School’s Class of 2013.

“It’s a very close and personal school,” said valedictorian Andrew Keller before the private school’s commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 18 at King’s Way Ministries in Eagle River.

Many of the school’s six graduates grew up together at the school. Keller and Rachelle Murphy started at the school in first grade, while salutatorian Ben Sissell started there in kindergarten.

“We started the high school 12 years ago, so this is the first class that’s gone all the way through,” Sissell said.

Graduates Rayna Jones and David Lebo joined the class in sixth grade, while Max Morey arrived his sophomore year.

During his speech, Sissell said the school’s family atmosphere was created by a devout group of supportive Christian parents, teachers and friends.

“Without each of you, we would not be us,” Sissell said.

Graduation speaker Rev. Mark Zwiefel encouraged the graduates to seek out big dreams in their post-high school lives.

“Don’t let anybody tell you your dream is too big, because if you have a big God you can have big dreams,” Zwiefel said.

In a speech that quoted the likes of Dr. Seuss and Paul’s Letter to the Thesselonians, Zwiefel told the Class of 2013 that their futures can be as bright as they choose for themselves.

“Today’s the grand opening on the rest of your life,” he said.

 

Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727 or matt.tunseth@alaskastar.com

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