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MONTINI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER

BRONCO EXPRESS

FALL 2013

TEAM FIRST
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MESSAGE

FROM THE

PRESIDENT

During the months of November and December we will be asking you to consider a gift to the Annual Fund. Please give strong consideration to this Campaign. Every student and family at Montini Catholic benefits from your gift.

453

new donors in 12 - 13

55

ANNUAL

FUND
is the Goal of this years Annual Fund Campaign

BY THE NUMBERS

$210,000

donors in 12-13

is the number of new donors willing to contribute at least $25 to help make this goal a reality

current enrollment

675

dollars is the current gap between the cost of tuition and actual cost of educationing 1 student per year

1300

Dear Montini Catholic Alumni and Friends, The first quarter of the 2013-14 school year is off to a wonderful and exciting start. Enrollment is at one of its highest levels (675) in recent years and the Advanced Placement and ACT scores recorded by our senior class are outstanding (see page 7). Our students and faculty are also extremely excited about the Digital Learning Initiative. This year, we simultaneously launched a pilot program for students, a year-long professional development programs for our teachers and an iPad cart for their use in the classroom. Students and all faculty members are using their iPads on a regular basis. The launch of this program was planned for the 2015-16 school year but was accelerated this school year due to a $100,000 leadership gift provided by the Kazma Family Foundation. Because of this generous gift, all teachers were provided iPads and professional development opportunities, technology infrastructure upgrades were made and a cart with 30 iPads was purchased for teacher and student use. 25 students were supplied iPads for their use, 24/7, as part of our pilot program. Next school year, every student will be immersed in a 1:1 digital learning environment. As we enter the second quarter, I am asking everyone in the Montini Catholic community to consider joining the Kazma family in their generosity to Montini Catholic by participating in the Annual Fund. Your gift, no matter the amount, truly makes a difference in the Lasallian college preparatory experience that we provide each one of our students. For 47 years, Montini Catholic has sought the support of the members of the school community; especially those who have benefited from its mission of education. It has never been part

of the Lasallian philosophy to charge a tuition rate that reflects the actual cost of educating a Montini Catholic student. Every student that has attended Montini Catholic has benefited from the generous support of alumni, parents, and friends to the Annual Fund. The 2013 14 Annual Fund seeks to Bridge the Gap between the actual cost of providing a Montini Catholic education to our students ($11,900 for the 2013-14 school year) and the revenues that we collect through tuition and fees this year ($10,600 on average). I am writing to you today to ask that you help us bridge this $1300 gap by making a gift to the 2013-14 Annual Fund. By making a gift to the Bridge the Gap Annual Fund, you are providing us with the additional revenue needed: To maintain the high number of quality academic and extracurricular offerings. To insure that Montini Catholic can pay competitive salaries to its faculty, To keep technology current for students and faculty To offer community service learning programs that provide a well-rounded education for each Montini Catholic student. To help keep tuition affordable for all families To provide additional funds for the student financial aid program. Thank you for your support of Montini Catholic. My very best to you and your loved ones May Jesus Live in Our HeartsForever Sincerely,

James F. Segredo President

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Chris Andriano is 1 of only 5 coaches, in IHSA playoff history, to lead a varsity football program to 4 straight State Championships

COACH
Doing Great Award
former players have gone on to coach football at the high school or collegiate level

x IHSA STATE

2001
8 trips to IHSA Semi-Finals

TITLES

35 34
former Broncos are currently playing College Football

BY THE NUMBERS

ANDRIANO

of Randy Walker

2013 Recipient

267
career wins

IL Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee

21
consecutive IHSA Playoff appearances (93-13) & current 22-game Playoff game win streak

combinations of fathers & sons have been coached by Chris Andriano

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68.9
career winning percentage

(as of November 15, 2013)

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ALUMNI
Family Ties
Barger 78

Children
CLASS OF 2014 Thomas Almassey Richard Almassey 81 Michelle Barger Beverley (Almassey) Jack Brady Kevin Brady 80 Grant Brady Tim Brady 82 Maggie Burke Kathryn (Mullins) Burke 85 Matt Diedrick Larry Diedrick 82 Connor Economou Nancy (Kuster) Joel Hemedinger Lori Shimkus 87 Patrick Hennessy Joe Hennessy 80 Bridget Lucas Judy (Mullins) Lucas 79 Julia Luka John Luka 81 Katie Martinello Joe Martinello 86 Ryan McAuley Laura (Connelly) McAuley88 AJ Melarkey Kelly (Wilson) Melarkey 86 Ryan Mullins Tom Mullins 82 Andrew Posadzy Mary (Bristow) Kayla Quinlan Kevin Quinlan 84 Michael Richmond Kim (Caffarelli)
Richmond 81 Posadzy 81

he heritage at Montini Catholic High School continues to grow. With each passing year we continue to enroll more young men & women that share a special bond with their mothers & fathers. The early 90s saw the 1st secondgeneration Bronco and by the end of the decade a handful of Bronco-kids had graduated. The class of 2017 brought 22 new Bronco Alumni kids who became part of a special Bronco bond. In total, 72 students currently hold the distinction of being Alumni Children. This equates to 11% of the student body.
Al Holler Albert Holler 78 Ryan Huff Lawrence Huff 84 Michaela Kirchoff Lynn (Crotty) Kirchoff 84 Monica Loftus Christina (Connelly)
Loftus 86

Conor Williams
Gregg Williams 79

Susan (Reedy) 78 and

Patrick Maloney Jamie (Savaiano) Kelly McNamara Bridget (Moriarty)

CLASS OF 2017 Ashley Barger Beverley (Almassey)


Barger 78

Maloney 78

Economou 84

86 and Bryan McNamara 86 Elizabeth Mullins Tom Mullins 82 Jake Pestel Michael Pestel 88 Michael Reilley Michael Reilley 78 Taylor Scavone Eugenia (Wasson) Scavone 84 Martha Venchus Sharon (Zeisel) 82 and Thomas Venchus 81 Erin Williams Jay Williams 76

Daniel Burke Kathryn (Mullins) Burke 85 Sean Burke Edmund Burke 88 Sean Chiaramonti Nicholas Emily Crotty William Crotty 83 Anthony DeFeo Kathleen (Hagedorn) Ted Georgitsis Amy (Tharp) Georgitsis 84 Kevin Huff Lawrence Huff 84 Bethany Loftus Christina (Connelly)
89 and Guy DeFeo 89

Chiaramonti 84

Loftus 86

Grace Townsend Carol (Picker) 86


and William Townsend 86 Tyler Tumpane Kathy (Holler) 82 and William Tumpane 81 Greta Vanderleest Susan Margaret (Signer) Vanderleest 84 Patrick Vath Christopher Vath 84

CLASS OF 2016 Amy Bukovsky Mike Bukovsky 83 Christina Conforti Frank Conforti 86 Matthew Kirchoff Lynn (Crotty) Kirchoff84 Patrick Laughlin Daniel Laughlin 86 Dylan Maher Jana (Aiello) 83 and Taylor McCarthy Nadine (Kral) Michael Melarkey Kelly (Wilson) Maille OConnor Tim OConnor 87 Kimberly Posadzy Mary (Bristow)
Posadzy 81 Melarkey 86 McCarthy 88 Sean Maher 82

Alex Luka John Luka 81 Rachel Maher Jana (Aiello) 83 and Anna Martinello Joe Martinello 86 Rebecca McManus Christine
Sean Maher 82

CLASS OF 2015 Nicole Bartosz Jeannette (Workman)


Bartosz 85

Emma Ryan Thomas Ryan 86 Jack Westerkamp Donna (Botel) 80

Cameron Casey David Casey 79 Ryley Georgitsis Amy (Tharp) Georgitsis84

and James Westerkamp 79 Ryan Williams Jay Williams 76

Catherine McNamara Bridget (Moriarty) 86 and Bryan McNamara 86 Dominick Moran William Moran 82 Jack Morgan Mary (Mack) Morgan 80 Elaine Nielsen Maureen (ONeill) Nielsen 87 Donald Reilley Michael Reilley 78 Madison Smith Melinda (Bayro) Nowak 89 Jonathan Pantano Maelen (Munoz) Pantano 75 Noah Townsend Carol (Picker) 86 and William Townsend 86 John Vosicky John Vosicky 89

(ONeill) McManus 88

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24th ANNUAL

BRONCO CLASSIC
AUGUST 9, 2013

GOLF OUTING

he 24th Annual Bronco Classic Golf Outing was held on Friday, August 9th. The event was sponsored by the Alumni Association. Over 300 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club, in West Chicago. Alums and friends gathered for breakfast & registration and then set off on 18 holes of golf. Golf was followed by dinner, silent auction, and raffles. Pictured above (top) is the Thompson family with Board member Chub Thompson (center), who celebrated his 85th birthday on the course. (clockwise from right - Mark Wozniak 87, Joan Daluga 05 with father Roger Daluga, Mr. Dean Kirchoff, Jim Tumpane 72, Mike Porcelli 97 & Frank Petrozza 97)

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MONTINI CATHOLIC

STUDENTS ARE

PREPARED
Students in Mrs. Davis freshman Theology class prepare presentations on Apple iPads

1st Quarter Honor Roll 71% of the school achieved High Honor Roll or Honor Roll 279 Students achieved High Honor Roll = 41% High Honor = 3.5 or better | Honor Roll = 3.0 - 3.49 51 Student-Athletes named SCC Academic All-Conference
*Grade scale is based on a 4.0 GPA

he digital learning initiative at Montini Catholic is underway. Through the use of technology in the classroom, our students are engaged in the exploration of language, games, social interaction, and self-directed education that can be used to support traditional learning. T h e d i g i t a l l e a r n i n g initiative embraces the writing, thinking, and design tools of the digital age.

We are dedicated to providing our students with the skills, tools, and experiences needed to succeed in todays world. This new program will better prepare our students for college and the exciting future that awaits. Next year, the class of 2018 will become part of a school-wide 1:1 digital learning environment that will balance traditional instruction with advancements in educational technology.

MCHS DIGITAL LANDSCAPE


Netbooks 28 on a cart Includes probe attachments for different type of experimentation by the science department

iPads 25 are used in the pilot program 30 are on a cart for all teachers to use within the classroom so every class can be exposed to the iPad this year 75 are used by teachers 130 total Interactive White Boards 23 in use throughout the building

Projectors 39 throughout the building Used as a presentation tool Computer Workstations 25 high-end workstations set up for the CAD class with AutoDesk Design Academy 30 Laptops on a cart 84 Dedicated Work Stations

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Scholarship Details: 95th to 99th percentiles receive a $2,500 scholarship 90th to 94th percentiles receive a $1,500 scholarship 85th to 89th percentiles receive a $1,000 scholarship
*Scholarships are renewable for four years if a student meets the renewal criteria

SCHOLARSHIPS PLACEMENT EXAM

ACADEMIC

ADVANCED

PLACEMENT &

ACT SUCCESS
22 perfect scores of 5 were recorded by our students and 75% of the 91 students taking Advanced Placement test this past summer earned college credit by recording a score of 3 or better. The top 10% of our senior class recorded an average ACT composite of 31.5, the top 25% at 29.3, while the top 50% average ACT Composite was 27.

This years Placement Exam will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2014. All 8th grade students are encouraged to attend the Montini Catholic Pre-Test and Registration Night on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7PM.

ontini Catholic High School offers an Academic Scholarship Program that gives students the opportunity to receive up to $10,000 in scholarship money. The program is open to all incoming freshmen (Class of 2018) students who excel on the January 11, 2014 placement exam. Only those students who take the exam at Montini Catholic on January 11 are eligible for the scholarship. Scholarships are awarded based on national percentile ranking of the placement exam scores. The Class of 2017 had 21 students

achieve scholarship status from last Januarys exam. The students who received the 2013-2014 Montini Catholic Academic Scholarship from last years Placement Exam are Lucas Cabon, Elizabeth Drennan, Mary Larson, Daniel Lopez, Matthew McIvor, Catherine McNamara, Todd Meyer, Lauren Mikolajczak, Dominick Moran, Robert Mrazek, Elaine Nielsen, Mary OBrien, Zoe ODay, Nicolette Oppenheimer, Edward Rodriguez, Nicholas Roferos, Brandon Sakas, Joseph Spivak, Jack Walsh, Mary Watson and Margaret White.

Rachel Moraga 14 (Soprano) & Ryan Williams 16 (Trombone - 2nd consecutive selection for Ryan) were recently chosen to represent Montini Catholic at the Illinois Music Education Association District 9 Music Festival being held November 23, 2013 at Aurora East High School. The festival is a yearly event sponsored by the Illinois Music Education Association. After auditions of over 1500 students from more than 50 public and private schools held on October 8, around 450 students from grades nine through twelve were selected to participate in this prestigious event.The programs offered by the IMEA as an enrichment opportunity providing a musical experience to talented young people. The students were selected to perform in the District Concert Band and Chorus. They will rehearse with guest conductors and then perform in the November 23rd concert. Congratulations to Rachel & Ryan!

IMEA SELECTIONS

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PASSION IN ALL WE DO

CONFERENCE CHAMPS

STATE QUALIFIERS
on to the Wheaton North Invite Championship and finished the season strong, only to be bounced from the playoffs by long-time nemesis, St. Francis. Special congratulations go to SCC Player of the Year Bridget Lucas who ended her career as the MCHS alltime leader in digs. Senior Joyce Balash will continue her academic and athletic pursuits after inking a deal with Lewis University.

hree seasons ago the 2010 Varsity Lady Broncos were 7-15. The 2013 Lady Broncos finished the season 30-4 as back to back SCC Gold Division Conference Champions. The Lady Broncos Volleyball program, spearheaded by head coach Steve Dowjotas 02 and his 6 stellar seniors (Bridget Lucas, Joyce Balash, Natalie Lopez, Tricia Illich, Kerry Desmond & Megan Harte) led the team, early

ongratulations to the 2013 Boys Varsity Golf Team for competing in the 2013 IHSA State Tournament on Friday, October 18 & Saturday, october 19. The Broncos were paced by Alex Keefe 15, Ryan Mullins 14 (pictured), Jack Pastuovic 14 and Tommy Vivirito 14. Congratulations to the entire Golf Program as this was the first appearance in the State Tournament since 2004.

he Lady Broncos have now qualified for the IHSA 2A State Meet for 4 consecutive years. After placing 3rd at the Suburban Christian Conference meet & 6th at the Wheaton Academy Regional meet, the Lady Broncos bounced back with a 3rd place finish at the Wheaton Academy Sectional meet. At State (Peorias Detweiller Park), the Lady Broncos were paced by AllState Selection & SCC Player of the Year, sr. Brittany Fisher (left) (17:48 14th out of 210 runners) & sr. Maggie Hallerud (center) (18:33 38th out of 210 runners). So., Gianna Salzbrunn (back left) also placed inside of the top-50 with a time of 18:39 (41st out of 210 runners). The Lady Broncos placed 11th overall, as a team.

STATE QUALIFIERS

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REGIONAL CHAMPS
he 2013 Boys Soccer team made school history. On Friday October 18, the Broncos captured, in dramatic fashion, the schools first Boys Soccer Regional Championship. It took an extra-effort to bring home the Regional crown - 2OT and a shootout were needed to propel the Broncos to a 4-3 victory over Lisle High School.

SCC CONFERENCE CHAMPS & THE DRIVE FOR 5

espite 5 State Titles and 4 in a row...the 2013 Broncos became just the 3rd team in Montini Catholic football history to finish the regular season undefeated. With early victories over 8A powerhouse Maine South & East St. Louis, the Broncos finished the season strong and currently look to capture their fifth straight 5A State Championship

he fall play was a smashing success. From Scares, Screams & Ghosts to Laughs, Puns & Blundering Cops Dont Try to Wake Him, Hand Me the Shovel was a job well done by Montini Theatre. Congratulations to Dr. Diann Matheson, Cast & Crew and a big thank you to all the parents, staff & faculty who helped make the Fall Play weekend an enjoyable time for all theatre goers. To the right are the Senior actors (back row left to right) Sarah Dopp, Meagan Donner, Phillip Bugajski, Ryan Schubert, Brian Konopacz, Joe Weglarz, (front row left to right) Gabe Lynch, Julia Luka, Elena Mariottini & Brendan Nemeth.

FALL PLAY

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KEEPING UP

WITH THE BRONCOS

Marriages, Future Broncos, Updates & Sympathies

Erin (Molsen) Stisser 00 and husband Corey welcomed three bundles of joy on March 31, 2013. Molly Jane weighed 2.7 lbs, Oswyn Grace weighed 2.4 lbs and Fiona Lynn weighed 2.1 lbs. All three girls are doing great!

Sarah (Morrow) 98 and Tom Ogan 98 welcomed Emmett Thomas on June 20, 2013. Emmett joined the family at 4:07 AM weighing 9 lbs 8 oz and 21 inches long. Big sisters Olivia and Marian are very excited to have a little brother!

Tim Peterson 84 and wife, Jennifer, welcomed Avery Karen on August 6, 2013. Avery was welcomed to the world weighing 8 lbs 1 oz and was 21 inches long.

Lisa (Andriano) Julian 99, husband Anthony, and big brother Jimmy are thrilled to announce the birth of their sweet Emily Jane. Emily was born on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 8:06 am, and weighed 8lbs 9oz and 20 inches long.

Chantal (Vestuto) Langford 91 and husband Kyle are proud to announce the birth of Steffano Lucas on May 1, 2013 weighing 6lbs 14 oz. He was welcomed into the family by big sisters Marielle, Tahlia and Leilani, along with big brother Dominic.

Megan (Gardner) DuPass 00 and husband, Mike, are proud to announce the birth of their son,William Michael. Will joined the DuPass family on July 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM, and weighed in at 8 pounds 8 ounces and measured 19 and 3/4 inches long. Eric Schuller 02 and wife, Lisa, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Asher John. Asher was born May 2, 2013.

UPDATE...
Tim Ogan 91 was recently promoted to Detective Sergeant for the Naperville Police Department. Tim has been with the Naperville Police Department for 19 years. He is currently assigned to the Investigations Division where he coordinates and conducts criminal investigations involving juvenile offenders and victims. He also investigate cases involving physical and sexual abuse, and missing persons cases. MONTINI.ORG

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Planned Giving

ARE YOU PREPARED?

he Scout motto, Be Prepared! is an important one to follow. Are you prepared if something should happen to you? Is your estate plan in good order? If you become incapacitated and are not able to make medical decisions yourself, have you made your own wishes known & named a health care power of attorney to make those decisions in a Living Will? So, why do you need an estate plan? Whether you own large amounts of personal property or little; whether you are the head of a large household or have no dependents, good estate planning means, at a minimum: A. Making certain that after your own death your property will be disposed of according to your wishes; B. Protecting against estate shrinkage brought on by federal estate tax or state death taxes, expenses of estate administration & other such causes; C. Taking steps to protect beneficiaries with special needs & making your own wishes known on practical matters such as funeral & burial preferences; D. Continuing the support you have made throughout your life to those special groups to you, such as Montini Catholic and/or other such non-profits. A thorough will is usually the cornerstone of any estate plan. A simple codicil will allow you to make those small changes to your will, such as adding a beneficiary. Some people use a trust to declare their wishes, provide income to family members, transfer investment worries to a trustee of their own choosing and possibly save on federal estate taxes and estate administration costs. So, you might be thinking,Ive worked hard. Life has been

good to me! Now I want to give something back! Your own favorite charities are deserving of your thoughtful support not only during your lifetime but through your estate plan as well. Non-profit charities do not pay estate taxes so a charitable bequest may help the tax situation of your own estate. You can support of Montini Catholic by: A. Bequesting a gift through your will or living trust; B. Making Montini Catholic a beneficiary of your life insurance, retirement plan, savings or brokerage account or an annuity. We hope you will consider including Montini Catholic in your will OR your estate plans. I would be pleased to hear from you as you plan ahead! I invite you to review our website, the Support Montini tab, and the Planned-Giving/ Estate page for ideas and strategies concerning such plans. I also advise contacting your own financial and/or legal advisor as you review such options! Truly yours, Brother Thomas Harding 630-627-6930 ex # 179 tharding@montini.org

IN MEMORIAM...
Mike Berent 70, who passed away on June 26, 2013. Mike is the brother of Marty 73 and Jim 79. Nancy Rudins 71, who passed away on June 17, 2013. Nancy is sister to Sally 70, Judy 72, David 75, James 76, Carolyn (Rudins) Casper 77 and Mark 79. Mrs. Margaret Collins, former faculty member at Montini Catholic. 84, Joe 87 & Laura (Westerkamp) Senese 87, Michael 88 and Dominic 89, on the passing of their mother, Antoinette, in August 2013. To the Boe family, including David 78 and Regina (Kennedy) Boe 71, on the death of Mr. Thomas Boe in September 2013. To the Verstat family, including Dan 95, Kim (Verstat) Dolecek 96, Laura (Verstat) 98 & Jason Mottl 98, on the death of their mother, Christine, in September 2013. To the Hoem family, including Kevin 10 and Mitch 12, on the passing of their mother, Sue, on October 7, 2013. Fall 2013 11

OUR SYMPATHIES...
To the Soltis Family, on the death of Mrs. Rita Soltis, in March 2013. Mrs. Soltis is the mother of Aimee (Soltis) Smith 94. To the Casey Family, on the death of Mr. Michael Casey, on July 3, 2013. Mr. Casey is the father of David 79,Patti (Casey) Jung 82 and Margaret (Casey) Wiecek 86, as well as grandfather to Cameron 15. To the Raniere Family, on the death of Mr. John Raniere Jr., on July 19, 2013. Mr. Raniere is the father of Michelle (Raniere) Becker 85, John 87, Bill 88 and Brian 90. To the Fruehe family, including Lisa MONTINI.ORG

81, Ken 83, Laura (Fruehe) 82 & Ken Fanella 82, on the passing of their mother, Margot,in July 2013.Mrs.Fruehe is the aunt of Therese (Fruehe) Maack 79, Mark 81 & Donna (Mueller) Fruehe 81, Mary Pat (Fruehe) Jones 84 and David Fruehe 85. To the Bolden Family, on the death of Mr. Louis Bolden, on August 12, 2013. Mr. Bolden is the father of Julie (Bolden) Nelson 82 and Michelle (Bolden) Zerdin 89. To the Rees Family, on the death of Mr. Richard Rees, in August 2013. Mr. Rees is the father of Richard 70 and Russ 71. To the Senese family, including Frank

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HOMECOMING

WEEK 2013

Sept 29 - Oct 5

omecoming 2013 is in the books! The week began with the powder puff football on Sunday evening and ended with the traditional Homecoming dance on Saturday. The entire week was filled with festivities, fun and good old fashion school spirit as varsity football defeated IC 38-21. The court was presented and Sarah Sniegowski (top middle) was crowned Queen by Miss Teen Illinois (Nikki Carlevato - top right, class of 2013), Congratulations, Sarah & the entire Homecoming Court: (left to right) Sarah Sniegowski, Frankie Kamely, Lexi Sondej, Rachel Stevenson and Jordan Kopsky.

SPRING FLING

25th ANNUAL BRONCO CLASSIC GOLF OUTING

Saturday, March 22, 2014 Bobaks Signature Room Woodridge

Spring 2014 at Montini Catholic High School

Friday August 8, 2014 at St. Andrews in West Chicago

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