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?”


International fencer finally competes close to LA Hills home

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Medora McCarthy, right, competes in the U.S. Fencing Association Summer Nationals at the San Jose Convention Center.

With all the traveling Medora McCarthy has done the past two years to participate in international fencing tournaments, she was relieved to compete close to home last month.

The Los Altos Hills resident – who estimated that she spent a total of 23 days on airplanes flying to and from competitions since 2013 – took part in the U.S. Fencing Association Summer Nationals June 28 and 29 at the San Jose Convention Center.


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