Weekly roundup: Marina High tennis star plays through epilepsy, school professionals discuss plans at safety summit, and more

Marina High School tennis player Mika Ikemori serves powerful shots while battling epilepsy on and off the court. (Photo by Orange County Register / Paul Bersebach)
Marina High School tennis player Mika Ikemori plays powerful sets through her battle with epilepsy. (Paul Bersebach / Orange County Register)

While professional tennis players have been serving up powerful matches in the U.S. Open this past week, local high school tennis standout Mika Ikemori is gaining recognition for her talent and resilience.

The Orange County Register reported that Ikemori, a senior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, finished this past tennis season as runner-up in the California Interscholastic Federation singles division, made it to the finals of a Level 3 doubles tournament, competed in a UTR Pro Tennis event, and received recognition at the Southern California National High School Tennis All-American banquet in June — all while fighting epilepsy.

Ikemori previously shared that her condition is mild and she takes medication to help control her seizures, which happen on and off the court. All the while, the tennis star maintains a 4.4 GPA and will attend University of California, Davis after graduation.

Her coach, Chuck Kingman, told the Orange County Register, “To play at the level she does, with the amount of hard work, practice and focus required to do so while battling medical issues is just unbelievable.”

In January, Ikemori received a new pacemaker-like device that helps to further manage her seizures. After starting the new season last month, she hopes it will improve her condition as she continues to smash hit after hit.

Here are the other stories we’ve been following this week:

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  • Thousands of students were unable to return to campus at the start of the school year due to 1 in 8 children ages 4 to 6 reportedly not having their vaccinations against the measles, mumps and rubella, according to the California Department of Public Health.

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