JUNE STUDENT OF THE MONTH SPOTLIGHT- LAUREN KICKINGBIRD WALTERS
I attended an event in Tulsa Oklahoma in April, Skills USA for Aviation Maintenance Technology A & P (Airframe & Power plant) as a competition. I am part of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. I am a member of the National Technical Honor Society. My hobbies include working on cars, fishing, hunting, 4 wheeling.
I have received an honor in National Technical Honor Society. I was named Student of the Quarter which was a great honor and accomplishment for me.
My main goal is to be a Licensed Aircraft Mechanic and work on Altus Air Force Base, Altus Ok. I want to be part of The ‘A-Team’, where their mission is incredibly important because it allows pilots, loadmasters, and boom operators to continue Altus' mission of forging combat mobility forces and deploying Airman Warriors.
The Kiowa Higher Education Grant Program (KHEGP) has assisted in funding my training from the very beginning. The KHEGP have been there for me and I would not have been able to achieve my goal without these scholarships and funding.
The KHEGP has helped me get to where I am by believing in me and encouraging me to further my education by supporting me throughout my journey in becoming an A&P (Airframe & Power plant) mechanic. My entire life I have built and repaired automobiles, now I have been the given the chance to advance to Aircrafts. It’s been a dream of mine to become a License Mechanic, now with the help of KHEGP it is becoming a reality.
Moving From Success to Success In Education
To enable Kiowa tribal members to pursue higher education job placement to assist Kiowa tribal members to a solid start in employment. To assist Kiowa tribal members to facilitate a career in a vocational technical institution.
"My higher education has been a long journey. I graduated from High School in 2000 but did not learn about opportunities from Kiowa Higher Education until half way through my freshman year at college. Someone from the tribe informed me about scholarships from the Indian Health Service and since I was majoring in Biology and interested in the health field I went ahead and applied for assistance through IHS for a preparatory scholarship which was very helpful. I graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Biology in 2005 from The University of Central Oklahoma. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do but found a job at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in a pediatric rheumatology research lab where I worked for several years before deciding to go back to school for nursing. I graduated with an Associated Degree in Nursing in 2013 from Rose State College and became an RN working as a Pediatric Research Nurse at the OUHSC. I quickly realized that I wanted to care for patients as a primary care provider and in particular my fellow tribal members and other American Indians so I went back to school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I again applied for assistance from IHS and received a health professions scholarship. I graduated with honors in May from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. with a Masters of Science in Nursing with a degree of Family Nurse Practitioner. I am currently looking for positions at IHS and tribal facilities in Oklahoma for my service payback for receiving the IHS scholarship which paid for 2 out of the 3 years of my graduate tuition. The tribe has recently helped me get contacts and forms needed to apply for these positions.
My parents are Kirke and Lynn Kickingbird. My grandparents are Carl and Sue Kickingbird." ~ Lauren Kickingbird
My name is Ahnawake Dahn Toyekoyah. I’m from Anadarko, OK and graduated Anadarko High School in 2016. My parents are Marland and Sha Toyekoyah, my paternal grandparents are Marland and the late Dawn Toyekoyah, my maternal grandparent is LaDonna Beaver. I have four siblings Sky, Trey, Titan, and Leynne.
I am currently attending Haskell Indian Nations University and majoring in Community Health. I play intramurals that Haskell provides.
I’m involved with the K.C.A. club, Haskell FCA, and on my downtime I usually hang out with my friends or go shoot around at Tecumseh. I’m really involve with my church Indian Ave. Baptist at Haskell. They’ve played a huge part in my life while being at Haskell. They’re my family away from family.
This past semester I’ve earned a spot on the Dean’s Honor Roll and so far received scholarships from Kiowa Higher Education Grant Program.
I plan to graduate with my associates in the Fall of 2018 and continue my education at KU in medicine. Someday I plan to become a Nurse Practitioner or a Doctor.
My goals are to strengthen my relationship with God and spread his word everywhere I go and to be an example to our younger generation.
KHEGP has funded me for the Spring semester and Summer classes. They’ve allowed me to further my education at Haskell and I couldn’t be more grateful. I’m truly blessed to be the KHEGP’s Student of the Month. Ah-ho.
Lauren at the George Washington University commencement, wearing the stole she received at the Kiowa Higher Education Banquet in April.
My name is Al Trevino Jr., I attended Altus High School. My Grandma and Grandpa were Edward & Jenny Tsotigh of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. My mom and dad are Francis (Tsotigh) Trevino & Al Trevino Sr. I have 2 sisters Emma, Yvonne and a brother Robert.
I am currently enrolled at the South West Technology Center in Altus Oklahoma. There I am studying to become an Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic. At SWTC, I will soon be licensed to inspect mechanical components of aircrafts. I will be able to identify problems, interpret blueprints, specifications, or diagrams to inform installation, development or operation activities in aircrafts. I will also be inspecting completed work to ensure proper functioning of the aircraft and maintain repair or maintenance records. Read technical information needed to perform maintenance or repairs.
Kiowa Tribe Higher Education July Technology School Student of the Month Spotlight… AL TREVINO JR.
Kiowa Tribe Higher Education July Student of the Month Spotlight...
Ahnawake Dahn Toyekoyah