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FACES IN THE CROWD

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Isaac Jean-Paul | Gurnee, Ill. | Track and Field

Jean-Paul, 24, broke his own world record three times while winning the T13 high jump at the World Para Athletics Championships in London. He first leaped 2.11 meters, then 2.14, and finally 2.17. A month earlier Jean-Paul, who has been legally blind since birth, set the world mark at the national championships, jumping 2.10.

Olivia Armstrong | Redmond, Ore. | BMX

Olivia, a senior at Bend High, won the 17-to-24 women's class at the UCI Championships in Rock Hill, S.C. She also finished first in the 17-to-29 women's cruiser class. It's her third straight world title: She won the 16-and-under both last year in Medellín, Colombia, and in '15 in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. Olivia also plays varsity volleyball.

Akshay Bhatia | Wake Forest, N.C. | Golf

Akshay, a sophomore at online Penn Foster High, shot a 22-under 266 to win the boys' Junior PGA Championship at the Country Club of St. Albans, breaking Pat Perez's 24-year-old tournament record by five strokes. Akshay, who fired a 61 in the second round, also took the Davis Love III Junior Open in June.

Eudice Chong | Sai Kung, Hong Kong | Tennis

Chong, a senior at Wesleyan, defeated Washington University's Rebecca Ho 6--4, 2--6, 6--2 to become the first player to win three consecutive Division III singles titles. Chong and her partner, Victoria Yu, also beat a team from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6--2, 6--3 to win the first doubles championship in school history.

Abbie Carlson | Bellevue, Wash. | Sailing

Abbie, a senior at Forest Ridge High, came from seven points behind with one race left to win the U.S. Junior women's singlehanded championship in Shoreacres, Texas. She finished with a four-point victory over Grace Austin. Abbie, who came in third in the event last year, was first in the Northwest Youth Laser 4.7 Circuit.

Olivia Willeke | Findlay, Ohio | Equestrian

Olivia, a junior at Findlay High, won the Western Championship Rider award at the IEA Western National Finals in Oklahoma City. She tied Morgan Knerr of Plain City, Ohio, and prevailed in a ride-off. Olivia has won four national championships, including the Varsity Open Horsemanship this year, and has earned four reserve national titles.

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