March 17, 2009

Crapo To Award Idaho Girl's Heroism, Present Congressional Awards In CDA

7-year-old who saved brother to receive Spirit of Idaho Award

Coeur d'Alene - Maya Hippenstiel of Coeur d'Alene may be just seven years old, but she may possess the heart and bravery of someone much older, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Hippenstiel saved her brother from drowning in an abandoned well in January and, on Friday, she will be honored with Crapo on hand to present her with his Spirit of Idaho Award.

"Although having your brother safe and sound by your side is the greatest reward, I want to publicly acknowledge Maya's great courage and quick thinking by giving her the Spirit of Idaho Award," Crapo said. "This award is meant to honor those Idahoans who go out of their way with extraordinary actions to help others. All of Idaho is proud of her efforts."

Maya won't be the only Idahoan receiving honors from Crapo this weekend. He will join a host of state leaders to preside over the Idaho Congressional Awards Ceremony on Saturday. The Congressional Awards are a public/private partnership honoring students who excel academically and in their communities. The Awards effort works with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, AmeriCorps and the U.S. Air Force to identify Idaho students worthy of Congressional honors.

Crapo's schedule is subject to change but highlights include:

Friday, March 20:

3:45 p.m. Coeur d' Alene Presents Spirit of Idaho Award to 7-year-old Maya Hippenstiel and members of her family. At the Coeur d' Alene Resort, Lobby Fireplace.

Saturday, March 21:

4:15 p.m. Coeur d' Alene Presents Congressional Awards to young Idahoans who have completed goals set in the areas of voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition and exploration. At the Kootenai Medical Center, Health Resource Center, Fox Auditorium, 2003 Lincoln Way.