11/20/2012 11:36:00 AM Hopi High students jump to aid of fellow student suffering asthma attack Hopi Post No. 80 Lori Pistewa vets give two students the American Legion School Award for their lifesaving efforts aboard school bus in October
Hopi High School senior Kevin Honyouti receives the Hopi Post no. 80 Lori Piestewa American Legion Post’s “American Legion School Award” for his bravery and courage in assisting another student on their school bus who had a severe asthma attack. Rosanda Suetopka Thayer/NHO
Officials with Hopi Veterans Post No. 80 Lori Piestewa honor Hopi students Kyleigh Lynch-Sewequaptewa and Kevin Honyouti with student medals and certificates. Rosanda Suetopka Thayer/NHO
Rosanda Suetopka Thayer The Observer
KEAMS CANYON, Ariz. - When a Hopi High student suffered a severe, possibly life threatening, asthma attack on a loaded school bus headed to school, two students began CPR while their bus driver drove to a medical facility.
Kyleigh Lynch-Sewequaptewa, from the Butterfly clan of Kykotsmovi, and Kevin Honyouti, from the Coyote Clan, worked together to help their fellow student get through the attack.
Hopi Veterans Post Lori Piestewa No. 80 awarded the two students for their bravery and commitment to "serving their community" giving Lynch-Sewequaptewa and Honyouti the "American Legion School Award" Nov. 7 at a dinner at the Hopi Cultural Center.
The certificates and medals awarded to Lynch-Sewequaptewa and Honyouti state, "that the recipient is given this award in special recognition of attainment of American Legion School Award for exhibiting high qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service which is necessary to the protection and preservation of the fundamental institution of our government and the advancement of society."
Hopi Post No. 80 - Lori Piestewa 2012 Commander Alfred Lomahquahu, Marine Veteran, signed the embossed, calligraphed awards. Post officials pinned the medals on each student to a round of applause by the veterans and their families attending the dinner meeting.
Lomaquahu said the students exemplified honor and service.
"This special student award from our Post No. 80 is really something unique and only for our students and it's about time we start looking to our younger community members to help them understand what duty, service and sacrifice means to our Native communities... how our families, our reservations and our clans are related to each other, how our culture and tradition binds us together."
He added that community members must take care of each other and protect and serve one another.
"This is a good time to help teach our young people more about what service means to our country and to our own home communities," he said. "As veterans, we enlisted or were drafted into service to this country and as the original landowners of this country, perhaps it means even more to us to serve and protect our country and people. I am very proud that these two students didn't panic and were calm enough to help with the serious condition of the student who was hurt. It could have been a terrible situation if they hadn't stepped in, but they did, and we want to recognize their bravery and willingness to help."