Student Recognition & Achievements

Prep students excel in many areas, from academics to sports to the arts. Here's a sampling of our news items showing their achievements. For our previous student recognition page from 2017 and before, please click here.

Honored for academic excellence and service

Sean O'Leary '18 awarded Town of Fairfield & Kiwanis Scholarships

From left: Ginna Paules (Town of Fairfield), Mrs. Kathleen O'Leary, Sean O'Leary '18 and Principal Dr. Bob Perrotta

From left: Principal Dr. Bob Perrotta, Sean O'Leary '18 and President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.

For his solid citizenship, strong academic record and contributions to the lives of others, Sean O’Leary has been recognized for his scholarship and service to the community in being awarded the Jacky Durrell Memorial Service Award sponsored the Fairfield Recreation Department and the Kiwanis Scholarship in memory of the late Judge Daniel Caruso. Sean is an excellent student and member of the National Honor Society, having achieved academic honors for all of his Prep years. He has made a strong contribution to the Prep community as well, having participated in both basketball and baseball, and serving Prep’s Peer Tutor program. Sean places a high value on success and on how he can impact the world around him by his service, evident in his participation in Prep’s Urban Plunge Immersion experience and by his dedication to volunteering at the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport, CT. Congratulation to Sean for these recognitions and scholarships; his grit, determination and diligence will support him well in his studies at Fordham University where he will begin his college experience this coming fall.

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Senior awarded prestigious scholarship

Jose Reyes '18 named Evans Scholar

Pictured from left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Jose Reyes '18, father Jose Reyes and Dean of Guidance & College Advising Mr. John Hanrahan.

Fairfield Prep is pleased to announce that Jose Reyes '18 has been named an Evans Scholar. The Chick Evans Scholarship for golf caddies is a four-year college scholarship named in honor of legendary amateur golfer, Chick Evans, whose legacy was to send deserving caddies to college. Recipients are nominated by the sponsoring country club and applicants are selected based on a strong caddie record, excellent academics, financial need and outstanding character. Jose Reyes is a young man who has distinguished himself by his dedication as a caddie at Rockrimmon Country Club in Stamford, CT, and by his citizenship, character and accomplishments as a student at Prep. Jose has achieved well in all areas of study and has been recognized as a member of the Spanish Honor Society. He is an independent, hard working and determined young man who has extended his interests and talents outside of the classroom through Prep’s Stock Market Club and Robotics Club, while impacting the community with volunteering for programs at the local Boys and Girls Club. Jose will begin his studies at Miami University of Ohio in the fall, with plans to study business.

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Intramural Re-Cap for 2017-18


Intramural Games 2017-18 Wrap-Up!

The 2017‐2018 Intramural Season is in the books! This year, the Intramural Program introduced a new sport and recorded repeat championship teams in two different sports. With hundreds of students participating in the Intramural Program throughout three seasons, the Fairfield Prep day does not end at 2:30. On The Hill, The Quad, or in Brissette Gym, students compete for Championship T‐Shirts and bragging rights in Wiffle Ball, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Basketball, and Flag Football. Congratulations to our 2017‐2018 Intramural Champions!

Fall Season:

2017 Wiffle Ball Champions: "Bye Week"

The 2017 Wiffle Ball Season belonged to BYE WEEK as they won their championship through a dominating display of pitching and hitting! With a young roster sporting championship t‐shirts, BYE WEEK will look to repeat as champions in the 2018 Season.

Watch Prep YouTube Wiffle Ball highlights!

Team members: Andrew Loya, Jake Petrino, Tyler Petrino, Jay Joliet, and Liam Wilson

2017 Ultimate Frisbee Champions: "The Spaghetti Monsters"

They did it again! The 2017 Ultimate Frisbee Championship was once again claimed by THE SPAGHETTI MONSTERS. Named for their tall statures, THE SPAGHETTI MONSTERS will give the rest of the league a break next year by graduating and allowing another team to win for once!

Team members: Pierce Barry, Jack Feeney, James Riffice, Connor Bennett, Tucker Ludwig, Aidan Feliciano, and Drew Delach

Winter Season:

2018 Basketball Champions: "Real Men"

What a season! The 2018 Basketball Championship was won by a young group of sophomores in impressive fashion. REAL MEN proved their worth on the court by finishing the tournament as the only team to not lose a game all season! Next year, REAL MEN will look to repeat as champions in their junior year. Could they be the first team to win three before graduating?

Team members: Head Coach Savyon Shaw, Jeremiah Jean Louis, Kyle Harrell, Asa Haviaramana, Joe Berkowicz, Mike Maloney, Josh Samaras, and Eddie Bravo

2018 Volleyball Champions: "The Manning Family"

The newest sport this year was won by a veteran team of the Intramural Program. THE MANNING FAMILY, a team that has competed in this program before, earned the first ever Volleyball Championship at Fairfield Prep. THE MANNING FAMILY will go down in Prep history as the first Volleyball Championship team, but they have their sights on the future – can they win it again next year?

Team members: Colin Bella, Matt Butler, Zack Furnari, Mike Bier, Chris Hilton, Aidan Dunn, Patrick Cleary, and Sebastian Fernandez

Spring Season:

2018 Flag Football Champions: "Minion Owns Scholl"

Was there ever a doubt? MINION OWNS SCHOLL does it again on The Hill – they are the 2018 Flag Football Champions! As sophomores, MINION OWNS SCHOLL earned their first championship t‐shirts. As juniors, the team has added another t‐shirt and posed for another championship photo. If they win it again next year, they will become the first team to ever win three Flag Football Championships in the Fairfield Prep Intramural Program.


Watch Flag Football Champion highlights on Prep YouTube!

Team members: Jack Scholl, Lucas Hoin, Nick Rothe, Finn Duran, Luke Finnigan, Dante Picarazzi, Gabe Andrews, and Andrew Dafcik

Mr. Corey Milazzo, faculty moderator of the Intramural program, commented on the year: "To all who competed and had fun in the Intramural Program this year – thank you! A special thank you to our Intramural Referees: Max Dellaquila aka 'DQ' and Ben Walker. Max and Ben will reprise their roles next year as they don the black and white stripes once again. Look for e‐mails and listen for announcements regarding sign‐ups in the future. Until then, congratulations to the championship teams and good luck to all who will compete in the future!"

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The Prep Players group was nominated in 15 categories


Prep Players theater group wins 2 Halo Awards

View a gallery from "Peter and the Starcatcher" clicking the image above.

The Prep Players, Fairfield Prep's theater group, won two Halo Awards for its work in the fall 2017 production, "Peter and the Starcatcher."

The Starcatcher cast as a whole won an award for "Best Props Design And/Or Management." For the show – a prequel to the classic story of Peter Pan - the cast members used found objects from their homes that they turned into swords, spears and ships for the show.

For the same show, Audrey Burns won an award for "Best Female Standout Performance in an Ensemble Play or Musical" for her performance as Molly Aster.

Audrey Burns, right, in her role as Molly Aster. Francis Ohe '19, playing Peter, is on the left.

"This year challenged these students to give totally of themselves and commit to each other and the process on a whole new level," said Megan Hoover, Theater Director and Chairman of the Fine Arts Department. "It was truly a privilege to work with such a focused and dedicated group of young people. Their willingness to take risks and push themselves demands that I do the same with them. Their work this year truly cannot be measured by nominations and awards, but this is a wonderful way to recognize their achievements."

The honors were given out during the Halo Awards Ceremony at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury on May 30. During the awards ceremony, Prep Players performed a scene from the recent spring musical, Godspell, which can be viewed here.

In total, the Prep Players earned 14 nominations, including nods for performance, choreography, and original art. (See the full list of nominations below).

Here are some highlights from "Peter and the Starcatcher" from our Youtube page.

Prep Players 2018 Halo Award Nominations


  • Fairfield College Preparatory School: Teddy Whiteman as Smee in Peter And The Starcatcher


  • Fairfield College Preparatory School: Mackenzie Wenzel as The Fighting Prawn in Peter And The Starcatcher


  • Fairfield College Preparatory School: Jack Wheeler for Godspell


  • Fairfield College Preparatory School: Cast of Peter And The Starcatcher


  • Fairfield College Preparatory School: Taylor McCuaig in Godspell


  • Fairfield College Preparatory School: Mackenzie Wenzel, Sydney Middleton, Taylor McCuaig for Peter And The Starcatcher


  • Fairfield College Preparatory School: On The Willows in Godspell


  • Fairfield College Preparatory School: Thomas Rudden & Teddy Whiteman as Black Stache & Smee in Peter And The Starcatcher


  • Fairfield College Preparatory School: Peter And The Starcatcher


  • Fairfield College Preparatory School: Thomas Rudden as Black Stache in Peter And The Starcatcher


  • Fairfield College Preparatory School: Audrey Burns as Molly Aster in Peter And The Starcatcher
  • Fairfield College Preparatory School: Audrey Burns as Judas in Godspell


  • Fairfield College Preparatory School: Peter And The Starcatcher


  • Fairfield College Preparatory School: Godspell


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Michael Fickes '19 named Barnum Festival Prince

Michael Fickes '19 named Barnum Festival Prince

Photo: Michael Fickes '19 (far right), shown with Barnum Festival Court

Michael Fickes '19 has been named Barnum Festival Prince for 2018. The annual Barnum Festival is a seasonal celebration of the City of Bridgeport and its surrounding towns, including Monroe, Trumbull, Easton, Shelton, Stratford, and Fairfield. Dating back to 1948, the festival originated to help support local businesses and honor P.T. Barnum—a world-renowned showman and city leader.

Members of the Court were chosen based on their scholastic achievement (top 20% of their class), their leadership ability, and their extracurricular activities. They also must be community spirited and must support fellow students in their academic, non-academic, and/or social endeavors. Michael was nominated by Prep.

Congratulations to Michael, who will represent Prep through the many festival events and programs over the coming months.

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Seniors receive scholarships, recognized for service

Ryan Eckert and Jack Kovaleski receive Fairfield Police Union Scholarships, named for the late Judge Dan Caruso

From left: Lt Keith Broderick, Ryan Eckert '18, Jack Kovaleski '18, Police Chief Gary McNamara and benefactor Charles Chiusano

Prep seniors Ryan Eckert and Jack Kovaleski were awarded Daniel Caruso Memorial Scholarship Awards from the Fairfield Police Union Scholarship Fund. The fund was created to honor the life work of Judge Daniel Caruso who passed away unexpectedly in February 2018. Judge Caruso, who served as Fairfield Probate Judge, was an advocate for anyone and everyone who needed help in the community. Caruso embodied the spirit of community and civic duty, always putting service above self. He was a man of strong faith and believed in always helping those in need. Eckert and Kovaleski were both nominated based on how they emulate these qualities.

Ryan Eckert

Ryan Eckert is an excellent example of a student, athlete and school leader who fully embraces Fairfield Prep's Jesuit mission of service to others. As Captain of the ice hockey team, Ryan's athletic ability and leadership skills were on full display this past season as he led Prep to the Division I State Championship. Within the school Ryan is known as an active and enthusiastic member of the community who students, faculty and staff search out for leadership positions. He was selected to serve as a student leader on Kairos, a four day spiritual retreat, as well as Urban Plunge, a three day service immersion project in Bridgeport. Ryan contributes to the surrounding community as well, serving as a Junior Deacon at Greenfield Congregational Church and attending its Appalachian Service project in Virginia for three years. And for the past two years, Ryan has performed Christian service work teaching ice hockey through Connecticut Storm and tutoring at-risk students at the Urban Impact Center in Bridgeport. Ryan will be attending Syracuse University in the fall.

Jack Kovaleski

Jack Kovaleski is a valued and integral member of the Fairfield Prep community. He has been a member of the football team for four years and played on the golf team as well. Jack is a dedicated and supportive community member at Prep, serving as a Freshman Retreat Leader, a Kairos Retreat leader, a Peer Ministry leader and a participant in Prep's Appalachian Service Immersion trip to Fries, Virginia. He has volunteered at the Connecticut Food Bank, Operation Hope and at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and has committed to serving at the Jewish Home for the Elderly. Jack caddies at the Patterson Club, and works part-time at Athletic Shoe Factory. Further demonstrating his work ethic, he has his own business—Jack's Lawn and Snow Removal. Jack is well known as the kind of person who is always willing to step up and go the extra mile for those in need and will bring his desire to serve and learn to the University of Dayton where he will begin study in the fall.

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Advances to New England Regional Competition

Math Team takes 3rd in State Competition

Math Team takes 3rd in State Competition

Front row, from left: Math Teacher/Moderator Amy Ardito, Albert Jia '19, Matthew Torres '19 , Bowen Chen '18, Haoxiang Zhang '18, Junzhao Jang '20, Matthew Howard '18 and Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta. Back row from left: Andy Yang '19, Ziyuan Guo '20, Jeremy Wang '21, Barry Li '19, Haochen He '19, Michael Lin '18.

The Fairfield Prep Math Team won 3rd place in the state competition held recently at Bristol Eastern School. They also qualified for and competed in the Regional Competition in Canton, Massachusetts, on April 27.

The Math Team participates in the Fairfield County Math League. They compete against 26 other schools in the league. The top 13 schools advanced to compete in the state competition where there were 40 other schools from the entire state. The state competition included three divisions: small, medium and large. In the medium division, Prep took 3rd place. Since the team finished in the top three, they qualified for the regional competition in Canton, Massachusetts.

Students interested in the Math Team should contact Mrs. Amy Ardito.

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Gniadek '18 named Wakeman Boy of the Year

Stephen Gniadek '18 named 2018 Boy of the Year by Wakeman Boys and Girls Club

Stephen Gniadek '18 was recently named 2018 Boy of the Year by Wakeman Boys and Girls Club. A member of the Southport Clubhouse for twelve years, he has served as the Keystone Club co-president and a member of Junior Staff.

At Prep, Stephen has received Magna Cum Laude honors throughout his tenure at the school, and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is a valued participant in Campus Ministry, and has led and participated in both Urban Plunge service immersion programs and Kairos Retreats. Stephen has also been an editor of the yearbook since 2016, and is an integral member of the staff. He has volunteered at the Prospect House in Bridgeport where he cooks and serves meals for the homeless.

Stephen will attend Boston College in the fall, and plans to study business.

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Drew Thompson '18 named Gatorade Runner of the Year

Drew Thompson '18 is Gatorade Runner of the Year

Drew Thompson '18 with Coaches Bob Ford Jr. and Bob Ford Sr. 

Fairfield Prep senior Drew Thompson was recently named Boys Cross Country Connecticut Gatorade Runner of the Year. This award follows a long list of cross country accolades for Thompson who was named News 12 Scholar Athlete, All-SCC First Team, All State, SCC Runner of the Year, and received the U.S. Army Reserve Book Award. After completing an undefeated regular season, Thompson would go on to sweep the post season as well, finishing first at the SCC, Class LL, State Open and New England Championship meets. At the Northeast Championships, Thompson finished 7th out of 180 runners and qualified for the Footlocker National Championship in San Diego. Thompson would later finish 8th in the Footlocker Championship, earning him All-American honors.

Thompson joins Prep alumnus Connor Rog '12 as just the second runner in Prep history to receive this honor from Gatorade. Thompson has committed to Dartmouth University next year to continue his cross country career. In addition to cross country, Thompson is also a standout indoor and outdoor track athlete. This winter Thompson finished first in the 1600 meter run at the SCC Indoor Track Championships and was also a part of the 4X800 meter relay team that finished first and set an SCC Meet record with teammates MacKinnon Sheldon '18, Edward Tristine '19 and Drew Newcomb '18. At the Class LL and State Open Indoor Track Championship meet, Thompson finished first in the 3200 meter run earning All-State honors. Thompson would go on to finish second in the New England Championship meet in the 3200 meter run.

Outside of cross country and track Thompson is a member of the Irish Club and National Honor Society at Prep. Drew also works with senior citizens at the Middlebrook Farms Home.

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Seniors recognized for scholarship and leadership

Alex McMullen '18 & Sean Lynch '18 are SCC Scholar Leaders

The SCC (Southern Connecticut Conference) hosted its 24th Annual Scholar Leader Banquet on March 26, 2018, at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven. Forty-six scholar leaders, chosen by their respective school principals, were recognized for outstanding scholarship and leadership in their respective schools and external communities.

Pictured from left: Alexander McMullen '18, Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta and Sean Lynch '18.

Alexander McMullen

Alex is a summa cum laude honor student ranked highly in his class. He is president of the Student Government and president of the Hispanic Culture Club. Alex is the senior leader of Encords, an acappella group that has performed at the NYC Jazz Festival. He was selected to perform in the CT Western Regional Choral Festival and is actively involved in Prep's music program. Alex is also involved in the drama program, performing in several school productions. In addition, this well-rounded student is a past member of the varsity tennis team. Into this busy schedule, Alex has performed over 100 hours of community service at KEYS service organization, teaching piano to Bridgeport middle-school students, and at Giant Steps School in Southport working with students with Autism and Downs Syndrome. Alex will attend Duke University in the fall.

Sean Lynch

Sean is a summa cum laude honor student ranked highly in his class. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society. He is a member of the Varsity Tennis team, a staff writer for the Political Awareness Society, a member of the Trigstar Club, a Peer Tutor, a key leader in Prep's Retreat Program, and a member of the Cardinal Key Society, a school service organization. Sean received the President's Volunteer Service Award for performing over 100 hours of community service in one year. Some of the events in which he provided leadership include: fund raising for the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center, the White Ribbon Campaign to end violence against women, and service work at Operation Hope and the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Sean will attend the University of Virginia in the fall.

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Students learn about Chinese culture and enjoy food

Prep students engage in cultural exchange in honor of Chinese New Year

In honor of the Chinese New Year, members of Fairfield Prep's international study body held a cultural exchange event in Brissette Gym on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Students sampled food, tasted Chinese tea, answered trivia questions about the Chinese New Year, and learned how to write Chinese characters on rice paper. Chinese students entertained the guests by performing traditional music with authentic string and wind instruments. The enrichment event is part of Prep's effort to foster global education in the students, and was meant to mirror a typical Spring Festival in China.

The event was sponsored by International Student Advisor Lina Gallinelli with assistance by AIEP Host Families.

View a gallery of the day's events by clicking the image below.

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Scholar Athlete Anthony Mastroni commits to Brown Football

Anthony Mastroni commits to Brown Football

With Anthony Mastroni, from left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Coach Tom Shea, Head Coach Keith Hellstern and Pres. Rev. Thomas Simisky, S.J.

Fairfield Prep senior Anthony Mastroni has committed to play football next year for the Brown University Bears. Mastroni, a native of Monroe and a captain for the Jesuits, completed a decorated senior season at Prep in which he was named All-SCC and CHSCA (Connecticut High School Coaches Association) All-State. Mastroni rushed for 260 yards and 5 touchdowns on offense this season while also notching 72 tackles, 2 sacks and a 99-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown on defense. Mastroni is also a member of the Fairfield Prep basketball team. In the classroom Anthony is a Cum Laude honor student and has participated in community service projects at the Lighthouse Program, Dribble Drive Basketball and the Masonicare Assisted Living Center in Newtown.

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Ethics Bowl Team advances to national competition

Fairfield Prep Ethics Bowl team wins Manhattanville Regional competition!

The Fairfield Prep Philosophy Club won the third annual Manhattanville College Ethics Bowl Competition on February 3. Competing against a field of ten other teams, Prep went undefeated in the preliminary rounds en route to a difficult semi-final match against Poughkeepsie High School. After narrowly advancing in the semis, Prep came back strong in the finals and edged out Thornton-Donovan High School for the top prize in the competition.

The National Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supports more than 30 regional competitions nationwide in order to narrow the field for their national competition each April. Students research and refine their arguments on moral issues that impact our society such as driverless cars and gender roles in the workplace. Matches are judged based on both the validity and sound nature of a team’s argument, as well as their ability to respond to hypothetical questions about their position. Unique from a traditional debate, ethics competitions invite young men and women to think deeply about what is the right thing to do in each given situation as opposed to simply adopting a pro or con stance.

Fairfield Prep’s team was led by Ian Greenwalt '18 and Will Richards '19, with strong contributions by Michael Hoben '18, Owen Gannon '19, Finn Mangan '19, and Eric Ochsner '19. Team Scribe Lucas Hoin '19 kept detailed notes on each match in order to help the team refine their arguments in each round. His contribution is all the more important now as the team looks toward traveling to North Carolina to compete on the national stage April 20-22, 2018.

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Scholar Athlete Lyons '18 commits to Trinity College soccer

Everett Lyons commits to play soccer at Trinity College

Pictured with Everett Lyons '18: Athletic Director Tom Curran, Academic Dean Tim Dee, Principal Robert Perrotta, Head Soccer Coach Ryan Lyddy, President Tom Simisky S.J.

Fairfield Prep senior Everett Lyons has committed to play soccer at Trinity College next year. Lyons played goalkeeper for the Jesuits and was a team captain. This past fall, Lyons helped lead the Jesuits to an SCC Hammonasset Divisional title and an SCC Tournament Championship game appearance. Lyons was named All-SCC Hammonasset division for his efforts. Lyons is also the goalkeeper for the Revolution United FC soccer team that won a club state championship in 2015. In the classroom Everett is a Magna Cum Laude student, peer tutor and a member of the National Honor Society. He was recently awarded the Spanish Language Honor and the Donate Life Visual Arts Award. Lyons is also a violinist and a four year member of the Fairfield Prep Symphonic Orchestra. For his service work, Lyons volunteers at the Bridgeport KEYS program where he teaches youth how to play string instruments.

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Scholar Athlete Bobby Haskins '17 signs NLI to UVA

Robert Haskins '17 signs NLI to University of Virginia

Pictured with Bobby Haskins '17: Assistant Coach Mark Cirilli, Head Football Coach Keith Hellstern, Assistant Football Coach Tom Shea

Fairfield Prep alumnus Robert Haskins has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his football and academic career at the University of Virginia. Haskins will enroll at Virginia in January 2018. Haskins graduated from Fairfield Prep this past spring as a decorated student athlete. Haskins was named All-SCC Tier 1 at the tight end position his senior year. During his time at Prep, Haskins received the News 12 Scholar Athlete Award, CIAC Scholar Athlete Award and National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award for the New Haven County Chapter. Haskins was also awarded the Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., Leadership Award. During his senior year Haskins caught 29 passes for 354 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had 29 tackles, 3 sacks and 3 blocked punts on defense for the Prep football team. Haskins was also a key member of the Fairfield Prep basketball team that won the CIAC Class LL State Championship his sophomore season. Playing power forward and center, Haskins then helped his team to an SCC Tournament Championship and CIAC tournament semifinal appearance his junior year. In the classroom, Haskins was a Magna Cum Laude student and a member of the National Honor Society. Haskins was also involved in Student Government and was the class Vice President his senior year. Haskins completed his service work at the Cardinal Shehan Center coaching youth basketball.

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