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Dean of the badminton court

Courtesy of the Tan family
Los Altos resident Dean Tan and mixed- doubles partner Jenny Gai stand on the podium shortly after winning the gold at the 2015 Pan Am Junior Badminton Championships earlier this month in Tijuana, Mexico.

Dean Tan began playing badminton for fun in the front yard of his Los Altos home at age 9. Four years later, he was competing in the sport for medals in Mexico.

Dean represented the United States at the 2015 Pan Am Junior Badminton Championships earlier this month in Tijuana. The Blach Intermediate School eighth-grader returned with a gold medal for mixed doubles and a silver for boys doubles in the under-15 age division.

Local teen lands grant to teach swim classes to kids in need

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Los Altos resident Alyssa Hiraoka, wearing red T-shirt, recently ran a swim camp for children in the InnVision Shelter Network’s summer program. Hiraoka is a senior at Homestead High.

While many students spent their summer break attending camps, Alyssa Hiraoka ran one. The Los Altos resident last month held a swim camp for children in the InnVision Shelter Network’s summer program.

Running a two-week camp for kids might seem like a big undertaking for a teen – Hiraoka is a senior at Homestead High – but to her, the idea simply made sense.

MV lacrosse player Levy named Academic All-American

Conner Levy, who graduated from Mountain View High in June, has been named a 2015 US Lacrosse High School Academic All-American.

He is the first lacrosse player from the school to be awarded the honor and one of only seven boys in Northern California recognized this year.

LA swimmer makes a splash at Jr. Nationals

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Albert Gwo competed in the Junior Nationals last week.

When Albert Gwo was resting, his mind was racing at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals.

“Even in your sleep, you have to work hard,” he said. “You think of all the little details – eat this bar or drink this much water. You’re always thinking – there’s no time to slow down.”

Singh plays for Team USA in World Floorball Championships

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Brij Singh plays center for Team USA in its recent match against Japan.

Four years ago, Brij Singh didn’t even know floorball existed. But once he did, the Los Altos resident proved to be a quick study.

After playing the sport for only three years, Singh made the U.S. under-19 national team that competed in the World Floorball Championships last spring.

Pedaling with a purpose

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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When Rishi Bommannan told family and friends he planned to bike home to Los Altos Hills from college in Maine, they had their doubts.

His family laughed and asked, “So when should we buy your plane ticket home?”

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