Los Gatos Patch Whiz Kid of the Week—Ben Pham

This Fisher Middle School seventh-grader's key to awesomeness is having a good attitude toward everything.

Ben Pham, Age 12

School: seventh-grader at


  • Honor roll student in sixth- and seventh-grades
  • Played in Fisher Middle School volleyball team in sixth- and seventh-grades
  • Active in basketball team with and the
  • Passionate about his transportation—the scooter
  • Can assemble any kind of scooter and makes his own scooter breaks
  • A young entrepreneur, makes and sells a variety of duct-tape wallets
  • Volunteered at Los Gatos House of Hope
  • Mom’s best handy man
  • Plays piano and guitar
  • A good friend and helps everyone
  • Loves movies, hanging out with friends and doing tricks with their scooters

Key to Awesomeness:

According to Ben: "Always put family first. You should always try everything and give it your best shot. Have a good attitude toward everything. Be positive about everything because when you’re negative about things, it just brings you down. Always work hard. Never give up. Never lie. Don’t try to be someone else. Be nice to everyone. You should always help the community and the people around you. Do what you like and like what you do."

Jesse Ducker March 14, 2012 at 09:37 PM
A budding entrepreneur who can do ollies on his scooter. Most impressive.
Diane Ryan March 14, 2012 at 10:58 PM
What an awesome kid! He sure has a lot of wisdom for one so young! Congratulations, Ben!
Bryan McBride March 15, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Wow, so entrepreneurial mind and handyman at the same time!!!
Carrie Vawter-Yousfi March 15, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Principles everyone should live by, great job!
Sean Bautista March 15, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Hey Ben! I see you're enjoying that guitar. Keep up the good work! I gotta hear you play someday.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz March 15, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Keep up the good work Ben & Congrat's!
Linda Quach March 15, 2012 at 02:42 AM
You're way awesome! You're a good model for your brother & friends. Good job!!! Keep up the entrepreneur spirit & you'll go far in life!!! You make us proud.
Lana Mach March 15, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Congratulation Ben and keep up the good work!
Brian Hickman March 15, 2012 at 03:48 PM
"Always put family first." Boy, that's something I don't hear often from today's youth. Ben, you are mature beyond your years. Just think how well of everyone would be if adults took your advice. Keep up the good work.
Tung Ho March 15, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Ben where did you find time to do all those activities? I think its a great start to helping out the community.
Dung Quach March 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Young minds still continue to inspire those around them. Simple put, just amazing. Well done and keep up the awesome work buddy!!!
Dung Quach March 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM
JoAnn Pham March 15, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Thanks everyone!!! I will do my best Ben
Bryan Chan March 16, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Ben, That duct-tape wallet I bought from you still works very well. It is the most intuitive made-in-USA product I have ever seen. Are you designing new stuffs lately? Some scooter, basketball, piano, or guitar onto the wallet, eh?
Bill Quach March 16, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Congratulations on being posted for Whiz-kid-of-the-week Ben. Good to read about your achievements than hearing all about the bad news out there. Have your great wallet inventions. Awesome! Continue to have a positive attitudes, and keep up the great work. Look to hearing more good news from you, Ben. Uncle Bill
Ahdee chan March 16, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Ben, that's 100percent true. Family always first!!!
Jason Phong March 16, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Ben, Awesome. I would like to buy one of your wallet inventions. I am very impressed. Congratulation! Jason Phong
Cynthia March 17, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Indeed very impressive. They forgot to mention Ben's creative design on using recycled materials and tape to make the wallets. He should really patent it. Great work Ben!
Cynthia March 17, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Indeed very impressive. They forgot to mention Ben's creative design on using recycled materials and tape to make the wallets. He should really patent it. Great work Ben!
Joana Yung March 17, 2012 at 07:58 AM
Ben congratulations!! I'm so proud of you! You are one of the most creative kids I know and keep it up!! Always follow your heart. Keep up the great work!!
Newton March 17, 2012 at 09:17 AM
Grats, Ben! You would make one fine engineer one day, if that is the path you choose to take. =)
JoAnn Pham March 20, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Hi Jason, I can make you a wallet for free, next time I see you, I'll ask you what colors you want. See you soon buddy. Ben
Huong Quach March 20, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Very impressed and proud of you Ben!!!! :)
Huong Quach March 20, 2012 at 09:00 PM
oh... and Raiden gives you thumbs up!


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