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Riders experience roller coaster adventures



This summer, junior Amanda Graziano decided to take on Kingda Ka, the world’s tallest and North America’s fastest roller coaster, located in Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.

“When I went to New Jersey this summer, I knew I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to ride the world’s tallest roller coaster,” Graziano said. “I’ve heard so many people talk about it and I have always loved roller coasters.”

Graziano said she was very nervous before going on the ride but was calmed down by her friends.

“I was having second thoughts while waiting in line and started to get very anxious, but my friends me made feel better about going on it and I ended up going,” Graziano said. “It was over so quick there wasn’t enough time to think about how scared I was while I was on the ride.”  

Every April, members of DECA attend International Career Development Conference (ICDC) and while they are on this trip, they take the students to a theme park for one day. DECA teachers, like Kim Zocco, chaperone this trip. They believe theme parks are a great place to take students after working hard that weekend.

“We love taking students to theme parks since there is such a wide variety of things to do there for everyone,” Mrs. Zocco said. “Since ICDC is in Atlanta this year, we thought it would be fun to take the students to Six Flags Over Georgia.”

Mrs. Zocco said she enjoys rides and is excited to go around with the other DECA teachers to walk around the park.

“I love going on roller coasters and it’s so great to enjoy a day at the park after a long weekend of helping the students compete,” Mrs. Zocco said.

Junior Christopher Machado describes the adrenaline rush that comes from going on roller coasters as a feeling like no other. Machado said he enjoys the feeling of being whipped around sharp corners, the g-force of flipping upside down and the stomach-dropping plunges down steep slopes on roller coasters.

“Going on crazy roller coasters creates such a unique feeling in your body,” Machado said. “It’s one of the best feelings; it’s like you’re flying.”

The first adventurous ride Machado went on was The Hulk in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and he said it immediately became his favorite ride.

“There is no better feeling than the sensation of your cheeks being stretched back and your body being thrusted into your seat while blasting off on The Hulk,” Machado said. “That was my first time experiencing something extremely exhilarating and it was so amazing.”

Unlike Machado, sophomore Sophie Solarana does not enjoy going on roller coasters. She said she despises the feelings she gets while being flung around on rides.

“I have never been a big advocate of roller coasters,” Solarana said. “They make me feel super nauseous and always give me a headache.”

Solarana said she has a fear of heights, so tall rides cause her to to be overcome with a great deal of fear as she looks down.

“The worst parts are going up and going down,” Solarana said. “The idea of being able to look down and see the whole theme park scares me and the feeling I get while dropping makes me feel so dizzy.”

Solarana had a field trip to a theme park two years ago, and even though most of her friends were going, she did not attend the trip.

“I didn’t go on field trips to theme parks to avoid the pressure my friends put onto me to go on the rides,” Solarana said. “I also didn’t want to be alone waiting for all my friends to get off the ride.”

After going on Kingda Ka, Graziano said that ride gave her such an empowering feeling and she would recommend it to any extreme thrill seeker.

“Kingda Ka was such a unique ride and is most definitely the craziest roller coaster I’ve ever been on,” Graziano said. “It was such an exhilarating experience that I will never forget.”

Graziano is still in shock that she actually went on Kingda Ka and said that she doesn’t remember most of what was happening while she was on the ride, but she definitely enjoyed the experience.

“I can’t believe that I went on the tallest ride in the world,” Graziano said. “It felt like a huge blur, especially while I was going up and down. When I was at the top, however, I was able to look down for a split second and see how high up I was; it looked way higher than it did from the bottom.”

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Jobs prepare students for future endeavors


Since Nov. 2016, senior Eitan Casaverde has been employed at Chilli-N Nitrogen Ice Cream Bar; a South Florida chain that sells nitrogen-based ice cream treats. Like other students with paying jobs, Casaverde said he initially began working to not only make money, but to also learn independence and self-maintenance.

“Though money was my primary reason for working, I have learned how to properly deal with customer service and how to obtain a self-sufficient work ethic,” Casaverde said. “I think that these are essential skills to possess.”

CREAM employee and senior Kyle Flaherty said that having a job comes with both benefits and faults, but an employee has to learn how to deal with both.

“Honestly, my grades did struggle a little when I first started working,” Flaherty said. “I didn’t know how to juggle both work and school.”

Although Flaherty said he was faced with grade troubles in the beginning of his career, he said he has found a balance between school and work. According to Flaherty, this experience has prepared him for future occupations.

“I have an idea of what the real world is like now. [A job] really gives you a good perception of how to spend your money,” Flaherty said. “You learn how to apply skills you acquired throughout your years in school and really appreciate your free time.”

Though he struggled with time management at first, Flaherty said he learned to properly organize his time through experience.

“Of course with having a job comes the need to manage your time well. When you work high-hour weeks and you have decent amounts of homework, it can be challenging to find time for it all,” Flaherty said. “Once you work for a while though, it does get easier.”

Like Flaherty, his boss, Ms. Vanessa Holler, said she acknowledges both the benefits and disadvantages of having a job at such a young age. As she did not have a job when she was in high school, she said she missed out on many learning opportunities.

“I believe having a job instills a sense of responsibility and commitment and it trains [students] for future jobs,” Ms. Holler said. “The students need to learn how to juggle school and work responsibilities. These are skills I missed out on early on.”

Ms. Holler believes that a student who masters the balance is the definition of a good employee.

“CREAM Started as a CB DECA project and it has been an amazing privilege to partner with the school,” Ms. Holler said. “For us, a good employee is the one that shows up to work on time and is ready for [his/her] task and is willing to work hard and understand the big picture of the business.”

Unlike Flaherty, Pure Energy Entertainment dancer senior Taylor Lessem said she did not have difficulty finding the perfect blend of work and school.

“Work is only on the weekends, so it doesn’t interrupt with my school work,” Lessem said. “I’ve been working at Pure Energy for almost three years now and my grades have never fallen. I don’t let my job affect my school work.”

While Lessem said she originally joined Pure Energy as a way to make money, she said she now views it as a fun activity.

“I chose to work at Pure Energy because it is fun and an entertaining job, plus I love dancing,” Lessem said. “The people that work there are really awesome and they’re like a family to me.”

Through working at an ice cream shop, Casaverde said he has become better prepared for his future.

“Through Chill-N, I have learned how important it is to love what you do and how to properly manage the customer service aspect of the business world,” Casaverde said. “I know this will help me navigate through jobs when I am an adult and for that I am thankful.”


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Advice prepares new students for high school


Among homework, extracurricular activities, and assignments, it is important for high school students to have an agenda. AP Spanish teacher Ester Calderon said students have the tools to succeed in her class.

“To maintain a good grade in my class, students have to memorize templates for the AP test, speak Spanish inside the classroom, and do well in the grammar quizzes,” Calderon said.

Calderon said this can all be achieved if a student manages the class properly through Canvas. Canvas is an online tool used by teachers where students can check their grades, take quizzes/tests, and complete assignments accordingly based off a color -coded calendar.

“Maintaining an agenda, staying organized, and spacing out the work is an effective way to handle my class,” Caderon said.

Senior Rebecca Grinker has taken all honors/college credit classes through high school. She said organization is crucial when it comes to succeeding in high school.

“An important key to school survival is time management,” Grinker said. “I procrastinate a lot about doing homework, so I keep a detailed agenda and I manage my time during and after school.”

Grinker also uses The Wave during her free time to print or complete homework she has that night.

“The Wave is a great place to go when I have extra time after lunch or during a class,” Grinker said. “It would be a shame not to utilize the resources we have at school that could save tons of time later on.”

Senior Cara Siegel said it’s essential to keep an agenda to avoid forgetting upcoming assignments.

“Having an agenda is the best decision I made in high school,” Siegel said. “It’s so much easier to stay on top of things when you can physically check off what you’ve done and what you still have left.”

Grinker learned time management as a freshman when she realized navigating through seven classes can become stressful.

“I purchased my first agenda freshman year because I would forget which classes I had homework in,” Grinker said. “Managing my time and staying organized has helped me excel and be productive in high school.”

Siegel also takes notes in class on lessons and anything else her teacher says in class.

“I take notes in class so I can review them that night,” Siegel said. “If not, I will forget what we learned by the next class. By the time I am tested on the material, I have been reviewing it for weeks and therefore better prepared.”

Grinker continuously checks Canvas because her classes are constantly being updated. She encourages others to do the same to stay on top of their work.

“Canvas is a great learning tool that has benefited me tremendously,” Grinker said. “The layout of the website is easy to navigate and is intended to help students.”



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Overcoming fears leads to success


After learning her dad had to move to the United States due to his business, junior Isa Kovaleski was forced to leave her home in Costa Rica and live here in Weston. While she said the transition was difficult at first, she was able to quickly adapt and overcome her fear.

“When I first found out I was moving, I broke down,” Kovaleski said. “I have now realized that you have to do what is best for the family, and I will always be appreciative and grateful for them.”

Because dance has always been part of Kovaleski’s life, she said finding a new dance studio was a big worry.

“I was so scared that joining a new studio would change things,” Kovaleski said. “It is hard to make long-lasting relationships with dance teachers, so I was scared of not being able to clique as well with them as I did with my old dance teachers.”

Like Kovaleski, sophomore Sydney Kron overcame her fear when she stepped up in front of her entire cheer squad and gave a speech to become a captain of the Junior Varsity (JV) cheer team. After each person on the squad voted for her, she was officially a co-captain.

“I was so surprised that most of the girls voted for me,” she said. “It was so special to hear the coach tell me ‘you are captain.’ I was really scared to give that speech, and then lose, so I am happy I was able to overcome my fear and do it,” Kron said.

Although Kron overcame her fear of giving the speech, her worries did not end immediately after she was given the position of captain.

“When I won, at first I was very joyous; but after I realized how much pressure was going to be put on me to make the team great,” she said. “So far, things are going great and I really hope it stays this way.”

Since junior Ariana Rojas was in a major car accident last year, she said driving has been a fear she had to overcome.

“I got my license just a couple months ago and I now can drive confidently, but at first I was very scared,” Rojas said. “It was a major struggle for me, but I am so happy that my mom can finally trust me to drive alone.”

Junior Jordan Moskowitz is on the varsity Debate Team. She practices her oratory every night to become more familiar with her speech; however, she has major stage fright, so it was hard for her to talk during an extended period of time in front of a huge group of people.

“To say I was nervous is an understatement. My heart was beating so fast,” she said. “I can’t even explain how happy I was when it was over; it was a major obstacle I overcame in my life, and I am very proud of it.”

Not only did Moskowitz overcome her fear in performing her speech, but she also won second place.

“When I won, I was so surprised, words cannot explain how happy I was that I did not choke,” Moskowitz said.

Like Kovaleski and Kron, Moskowitz conquered her fears and said she ended up getting the perfect outcome.

“Taking a risk is totally worth it,” Moskowitz said. “Living life in fear is just setting yourself up for regrets.”


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Alumna transfers high school skills to profession



Alumna Ariana Lipkin, who graduated from the Bay in 2011,never thought her dream of working for a major news station would come true. However, today she is the Spectrum News television broadcast producer in Austin, Texas. As a news producer, she is responsible for making sure the news gets on television in a quick and accurate manner.

“I never gave up hope that I would someday accomplish my long-term goal of working for a news station in a major market,” Lipkin said.

Her responsibilities include pitching, developing and creating original content. She also oversees the reporters, verifying that they turn in their stories on time, edits videos, guides the directors as to what to put on screen, tells the anchors what to say and makes sure no one embarrasses themselves on television.

“It’s a lot of responsibility because if something goes wrong in the show, it’s on me and I need to accept that,” Lipkin said, “I wouldn’t have it any other way. I could never have a normal-paced office job after this.”

Lipkin said she was interested in the news field because she wanted to make an impact on other people’s lives and help them, even if it was only in a small way.

“For me, bringing people the information they use to protect themselves is the perfect use of my talents,” Lipkin said. “In a world filled with an abundant amount of negativity, I wanted to bring some positivity to people’s lives, even if it’s just telling them what’s going on in their community.”

Participating in the Bay’s Television Production class (CBTV) helped to guide her in her decision to go into this industry.

“When I took the TV Production class freshman year, I fell in love with it, ” Lipkin said. “I wanted to learn more about the ins and outs of live production and decided that’s what I wanted to do after I graduated.”

The skills she learned over her four years at the Bay have translated to the present day and benefited her immensely. She learned how to use a camera, edit videos, write stories and direct a show.

“I can’t help but think how appreciative I am to Mr. Doster and CBTV for teaching me these techniques,” Lipkin said. “When I use them, I don’t even think about what I’m doing because they come naturally to me.”

She also entered in every TV and news competition that she was able to, as she said it was a good way to test what she had been learning. Some of the competitions were Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA), Skills USA, Student Television Network (STN) and an honorable mention for a student Emmy.

“[These competitions] forced me to think outside the box and learn where I needed to improve,” Lipkin said. “[For] some competitions, you have limited time and resources to finish your project. You need to learn how to get the job done no matter the obstacle.”

Lipkin also interned with Broward Teen News where she worked on a feature story for a whole quarter to ensure perfection. This helped her by adding relevant experience on her college resume and showed that she was passionate and committed to her future career.

“[This internship] gave me the time to really focus on a story and how to put it together,” Lipkin said. “Being able to linger on the process really helps you significantly improve, and now I can help a reporter to write content or a story in less than a day.”

In her Advanced Placement (AP) Literature class at the Bay, she learned how to analyze different types of writing, find themeaning behind why a piece of literature was written and why it’s important. She credits this skill to her teacher, Simone Waite.

“The ability to analyze an author’s motivations actually comes in handy in journalism,” Lipkin said. “Everything that goes on air has a story behind it that we want to portray to viewers and this skill is significantly easier for me than other producers.”

Mrs. Waite said that she is aware of Lipkin’s current career and remembers her as loving AP Literature. She said she predicted that Lipkin would go far in life, no matter what career path she chose to take.

“She was always a good writer and was involved with TV Production and Newspaper,” Mrs. Waite said. “She was a top student with an ethical way of viewing the world and had a strong work ethic.”

While attending the University of Florida (UF), Lipkin tried to take advantage of every opportunity she could, as she was always up for learning something new. Her big break came when she had the chance to intern for NBC News Miami Bureau, which produces the content for the “Today Show” and “NBC Nightly News” for the southeastern region of the United States.

“Before I took that internship I was more focused on being a reporter,” Lipkin said. “My internship with NBC helped me realize that what I really enjoyed was producing.”

After Lipkin graduated from UF, she worked at WCJB, the ABC affiliate in Gainesville, but said she wanted to challenge herself by finding a job outside of her home state of Florida.

“I knew that it would be more difficult to find jobs outside of Florida because people in the state have loyalty to their natives, but I was ready to start a new chapter in my life,” Lipkin said.

After applying and having a phone interview, Lipkin was hired by Spectrum News. She packed her bags and headed to Austin, Texas and started to work for them in May of 2016.

“It was nerve-racking, moving away from the home that I’ve always known, but I was ready to leave Florida and start this amazing opportunity,” Lipkin said.

Lipkin said that she feels she’s completed her goal of impacting people’s lives, as Spectrum just finished doing their wall-to-wall coverage on Hurricane Harvey.

“I was lucky enough to go out and field produce during the storm. Everyone we ran into was just trying to do whatever they could to help others,” Lipkin said. “It was a really tough experience, but I’m grateful to have had it.”

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Personality Profile: Richard Kidder


Born in Keflavik, Iceland, junior Richard Kidder experienced an eventful childhood as he moved around eight times because of his father’s job as a lieutenant in the Navy.

“I loved to move around when I was younger because I got to go to so many different places, but at the same time it was difficult to leave my home every three years that I grew to love,” Kidder said.

Because Kidder spent most of his childhood going back and forth from military bases in Virginia, Florida, Italy and Connecticut, Kidder has gone through a well-rounded lifestyle by getting the opportunity to live in new places.

“I enjoyed the two years I spent on a military base because I had a great community full of other kids with stories of moving around that I was able to relate to,” Kidder said.

However, growing up in Italy he had to get used to living within 50 miles of an active volcano.

“My family and I were watching a movie in the living room and out of nowhere the couch started moving across the floor, and we freaked out and ran outside,” Kidder said. “This especially brought out my fear about volcanoes erupting.”

Through practice and being surrounded by the unique Italian culture and language, he was able to learn enough to get by.

“I could do simple tasks such as ordering food or asking for directions. If I never lived in Italy, I would have never picked up on parts of the language,” Kidder said.

According to Kidder, Italy was his favorite place to live because of the unique culture he learned, the amazing food and the countless new people he had the opportunity to meet.

“I remember the first time I saw the pizza [in Italy] I thought it looked awful because it was very thin and watery, but when I tried it I loved it so much,” Kidder said. “Now everywhere else I go, the pizza looks strange to me.”

Although Italy was difficult to leave, Kidder was able to return after living in Florida for a few years. He stayed in Italy for two more years before moving to Connecticut.

“When I moved from Italy to Florida, I was very sad because I thought I would never be able to go back to my community and [be with the people] who experienced the same things I did,” Kidder said.

Having a father in the Navy always meant that work was a top priority for him, but Kidder’s dad did cherish the time spent with his loved ones.

“My dad would always go on work trips to Australia, Israel and Africa for months at a time and work long hours, when I was only six years old,” Kidder said. “Whenever he was home I always tried to spend time with him by taking family trips.”

Kidder said moving to new places throughout his life has taught him to become more mature and independent faster then he would have if he stayed in one place all of his life.

“I know how to do certain things better than I would if I did not move around Kidder said. “I learned things such as bargaining items from a street vendor, finding my way around all airports and being able to communicate with people who do not speak the same language as me.”

Although Kidder has moved around frequently, he has still managed to make the most of his reality.

“Every place I have lived has impacted my life because I had the opportunity to experience new cultures around the world,” Kidder said. “Although some kids might see it as a negative lifestyle, to move around often, I see it as a positive because I have gotten to experience extraordinary events throughout my life.”


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Ecology club cleans up campus



Senior and President of the Ecology Club Renee Hudon has always had a passion for aiding her environment. It was not until her previous Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science teacher approached her about joining the Ecology Club during her freshman year, when Hudon realized she could put her passion to good use, starting right here at the Bay.

“I have always been a huge environmentalist, my old teacher could see that I was quite interested in the topic of environmental sciences,” Hudon said. “Once I joined the Ecology Club I found a way to channel my ideas, and I have not stopped trying to make an impact since.”

Hudon works with her fellow officers to change the campus, for the better. The club spearheaded the initiative to have recycling bins in every classroom, and personally takes responsibility for collecting the recyclable items every Tuesday after school and putting what they can to good use. As a part of her Ecology Club recycling efforts, Hudon made a bench out of recycled wood that currently sits in the courtyard. In addition to sparing reusable waste, Hudon also leads the Ecology Club in beach cleanups and environmental- based collaborations with other clubs like Best Buddies.

“Last year, we worked with members of Best Buddies where we had an officer in the club paint some stones and do other environmentally conscious crafts with them, that was one of my favorite events,” Hudon said.

Hudon has big plans for the Ecology Club as the new school year begins and she brings in a fresh set of members. The president already has ideas for a farmers market that the club can hopefully host on campus. According to Hudon, thinking of ways to take care of her surroundings is something that comes naturally.

“Where I grew up, it is just the norm to compost, recycle and trade in cans or bottles,” Hudon said. “So I have always had that life style of trying to prevent leaving an environmental footprint ingrained in my mind.”

Junior Joey Howard shares Hudon’s interest in taking care of the local ecosystem. Even before joining the Ecology Club this year, Howard has always taken the extra step towards being aware of his impact on campus.

“I just do little things like make sure to pick up after myself during lunch or collect any extra trash that may be floating around on campus,” Howard said. “It annoys my friends, but I don’t mind taking the few seconds out of my day to prevent adding to the litter and trash that we already have enough of.”

Howard also tries to limit the plastic he wastes by bringing a reusable water bottle to school and filling it up throughout the day. Now, with the help of the Ecology Club, he can further impact the ecosystem.

“I’m excited for this year because I know that I will just learn more ways to improve the well being of our local ecosystem,” Howard said.

AP Environmental teacher and Ecology Club sponsor Laura Ashley took over the club after the original sponsor retired and offered the position to her. Mrs. Ashley said she was interested in taking on the opportunity because it sounded like something that she would enjoy participating in.

“I thought that by helping out with the Ecology Club there would be more opportunity to reach more students and to teach them how to help the environment,” Mrs. Ashley said.

Mrs. Ashley aids the officers as they further teach the members of the club about the environment and what they can do to help, specifically by spreading the word and educating others. The teacher has always believed in the importance of taking care of the environment and is happy to share this passion with others.

“This is our home, our only home, so we need to treat the environment with respect and do what we can to take care of it for future generations,” Mrs. Ashley said.

The teacher also provides advice for students to be more environmentally conscious. She suggests students partake in tasks like recycling, using reusable water bottles and picking up trash when they see it lying on the ground. She urges those around her to be aware of their plastic use and to use reusable bags at the grocery store instead of plastic bags.

“We need to protect our environment so that we don’t run out of the resources that nature provides,” she said. “It has given so much to us so we need to treat it with respect and try to be more conscious of our actions and how they affect what’s around us.”

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Siblings experience classes together


For sophomore Destiny Rice, avoiding her sister, junior Christine Rice, at school is virtually impossible because she has her eighth period class, AICE Global Perspectives, with her. While Destiny said having a class with her sister has some benefits, she said it has some downfalls as well.

“Sharing a class with my sibling is very convenient at times, but I never get a break from her because as soon as I get home I am with her again,” Destiny Rice said.

However, Destiny Rice said she does enjoy having a class with her sister because it allows them to work together efficiently.

“My sister and I always set aside time to work on our homework together,” Destiny Rice said.  “She has always helped me with things I struggled with and she never loses her patience with me.”

Rice’s sister, Christine, said she and her sister both agree that this experience is primarily positive. She said knowing they have each other to count on throughout the year makes the process less difficult.

“Having her with me gives me a piece of mind that I’m not the only one having to manage the work given and talking to my sister about the class gives me a second opinion on ideas,” Christine Rice said.

According to Christine Rice, having Destiny in her class significantly affects many aspects of the course and her relationship with the teacher.

“Since I am the older sister she tends to ask me millions of questions instead of asking the teacher instead,” Christine Rice said. “At the beginning of the year we are barely seen as two individuals until the teacher recognizes us as different people by our personalities.”

Like the Rice sisters, sophomore Madilyn Deluca said there are many attributes that come with having a twin, and when it interferes with her Geometry class it can be very frustrating at times. Instead of being recognized as her own person, she said she is often associated with her sister, sophomore Samantha Deluca.

“I am a very independent person,” Madilyn Deluca said. “My personality is very different than the one of my sister and I hope that us being twins does not interfere with my experience in Geometry this year.”

While Madilyn Deluca said there are some drawbacks, she said having Samantha in her class creates a more comfortable environment to learn in.

“It is always a scary feeling going into a class without knowing anyone, so being able to relate and sympathize with someone lifts a big weight off of my shoulders,” Madilyn Deluca said.

Samantha Deluca said the fact that she is a twin, follows her around everywhere, but most people believe it is a lot more negative than it really is.

“My sister and I always help each other out with homework and classwork we don’t understand, so being in the same class with her is extremely beneficial,” Samantha Deluca said.

Deluca said she would rather have a class with her sister than have a class without her because of all the positive assets that come with having Madilyn by her side.

“I can’t wait to share this year with my sister and see how everything plays out because I have never had a class with her before,” Samantha Deluca said.  “I hope both of us take out as much as we can out from this positive experience.”

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Solar Eclipse radiates throughout social media




On August 21 at approximately 1:30 PM, a historic celestial event began. For the first time since June 8, 1918, a total solar eclipse crossed the entire United States. Students, celebrities and others took to Twitter and Instagram to express their excitement about this illuminating experience.

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