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Student Spotlights: Haley Westerholt, Aerospace Scholarship Winner & Figure Skater

Last month, you saw the story of an Idaho teen who is a surfer. Not something you’d expect to hear in Idaho! (You can read that story here).

This month, we bring the story of a teen figure skater. It certainly makes a little more sense with the Idaho weather. But what’s unique about this student is she’s also a great scientist. She’s recently won a scholarship to take an online course with NASA. Read this ambitious teen’s story below.

The Story of Haley Westerholt

Haley is a junior here at iSucceed who enjoys mountain biking, white-water rafting, hiking, skateboarding, snowboarding–just about anything outdoors. Really, she enjoys having several different hobbies.

“I guess I am unique because I have a lot of different interests,” said Haley. “I enjoy art and being creative, but I also enjoy the outdoors and nature. I enjoy things like science, space, and the ocean, and I have a more serious dedicated side with my figure skating. I like a little bit of everything and believe that if you love something, you should make it part of your life because it’s what you are interested in and it makes you who you are!”

Although varied in her interests, Haley’s focus is driven. She has been a competitive skater for the past three years while maintaining a high GPA.

Haley & Figure Skating

Many figure skaters start their career at three years old. Haley discovered her love for the sport at 14.

“I first stepped on the ice three years ago over the holiday break with a friend,” said Haley. “I went home and jokingly asked my mom what would happen if I became a figure skater, and she took it seriously and asked me if I actually wanted to! After a week of thinking about it, I said yes and began lessons in January of 2015. After skating for a year, I decided I wanted to go further and compete! So I have been competing for two years now. I usually compete locally, I’ve competed in Portland, OR, Sun Valley, McCall and, of course, here in Boise.”

Starting her figure skating career late hasn’t stopped her dreams short. Haley aspires to be on a professional skating team one day, and maybe even join the Olympics.

“I have a few goals for my skating. My main goal is to have a big accomplishment in my skating career so that when I’m old I don’t regret not fully going for it and making something out of it,” said Haley. “This could include traveling with an Ice Show, like Disney on Ice or competing Internationally & representing my country in the Grand Prix Series. I would absolutely LOVE to go to the Olympics! I have it all planned out so I can get to the 2022 Olympics, we’ll see if I make it. :)”

Haley & Aerospace

Although she has big plans for her figure skating, it does not stop Haley from pursuing academics. Haley is the first student at iSucceed to qualify for the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars (ISAS) program.

This is a competitive program. Getting accepted to this program involves interviews, a short essay and good grades as a prerequisite.

Once accepted, students get to take an online course through NASA focused on space exploration. The completed course will count dually as a college credit.

“My mom texted me something along the lines of “honey you got accepted!” I quickly opened my email to see if I got the acceptance email. I did and I was so excited! My grandparents then messaged me as well and it was a really happy day.

After the excitement set in, I read the whole email. I had thought everyone who applied got into the first part of the program, but then a few days later I was told that there were a lot of people who wanted my spot. That made it a whole lot more special and cool that I was chosen to be in the program! I’ve never been accepted into anything like this before, so it’s very exciting and I can’t wait to see what comes out of it!”

We are proud of Haley’s accomplishments and can’t wait to see what she does next!

  • What do you think of Haley’s story? Share your encouraging thoughts in the comments below!

Career Paths Virtual Presentation Happening February 15!

You’ve likely heard this question all your life:

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Now is the time to start answering that question. Whether you’re a freshman or senior, it’s important to start realizing your strengths and exploring career paths you’d like to take. And there’s also free pizza. 

iSucceed Virtual High School is hosting a Career Paths Virtual Presentation Thursday, February 15 at 3 p.m.  MST for our students to attend online or in person at the iSucceed office in Boise (6148 N. Discovery Way). Learn more about your college and career options at the iSucceed building in Boise. Or online, straight from the comfort of your home! Pizza will be provided at the iSucceed office for those who attend in person.

Career Paths Virtual Presentation by Stevens-Henager College

Angela Robinson from Stevens-Henager College will be the main presenter for the event. She will discuss how to discover yourself by finding your purpose, career path, post-secondary route and your “vehicle” (more details in the presentation).

In today’s world, you have endless choices and deciding on the right path for you can be daunting. This presentation will help you make the right decisions so you can be ready for life after high school. You will also receive information on scholarships and financial aid options through Stevens-Henager College.

Interactive Online Presentation

This online event will be extremely interactive. You will have the opportunity to answer questions throughout the presentation and ask your own questions. It will be a great way to interact with classmates too!

No RSVP necessary, all students are welcome to attend at 3 p.m. either in person at the iSucceed office or online.

If you are attending online, use this link. It will not work until Thursday at 3 pm.

https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/isucceedvhs.net/mprice-tdowns?authuser=0

Enroll Now for Quarter 3 Classes

If you’re looking for a change this school year, you’ve come to the right place! iSucceed Virtual High School can be a great option for you. It is Idaho’s top tuition-free high school, after all.

One of the most common questions from students is: “Do I qualify for iSucceed Virtual High School?” The plain and simple answer is almost always, yes!

What are the Enrollment Requirements for iSucceed Virtual High School?

  • Grades 9-12 and 21 years or younger
  • Idaho resident
  • Access to the internet

Is iSucceed the right option for me?

iSucceed helps all different types of students, from excelling students wanting to graduate early to at-risk students hoping to earn their diploma. Whatever your goals, our guidance counselors and teachers are here to help! Here are some benefits of iSucceed:

  • Flexible, personalized and structured academic schedule
  • Safe environment
  • Individualized attention from highly qualified teachers and guidance counselors
  • Access to classes anytime from anywhere with an internet connection
  • Ability to get back on track to graduate or get ahead and graduate early
  • Honors courses to prepare for college.

Some students might fear that after switching to iSucceed, they will fall off the face of the earth in terms of socializing with friends. Although students won’t physically meet with their classmates every day, there are plenty of opportunities to stay engaged with peers.

How can I stay involved in social circles/activities?

  • Online Student Clubs
  • Parent Student Portal (PSP) online community chat
  • Prom and other school events
  • iSucceed Social Media

Learn more about socializing in this post.

What are Some Similarities and Differences Between iSuceed Virtual High School and My Traditional High School?

 

Aside from being online, the key difference between iSucceed and a traditional school is its curriculum model. iSucceed features award-winning courses, filled with videos, graphic novels, games and more to help students truly enjoy their education. We also break down courses into six-week blocks.

To learn more about online high school vs. a traditional school, check out this blog post.

How Does iSucceed’s Quarter Blocks Work? 

iSucceed courses are separated into nine-week blocks. Instead of six courses at once in a semester, students take three courses every nine weeks to better focus and improve retention.

This model enables students to catch up or get ahead. You can learn more about that here.

Q3 Winter Start Date: January 22

We enroll throughout the school year, so you can get started at a time that’s best for you.

How Do I Enroll for iSucceed Virtual High School?

Getting started at iSucceed is simple. For detailed instructions, watch the video below or head here.

 

Steps for Enrolling:

1. Fill out the online application.
2. Check your email for a username and link, and finish the application
3. Talk with an Enrollment Advisor at 208.908.6250 to turn in documents and get questions answered.

ENROLL HERE

  • Still have some questions? Share them in the comment box below, or give our enrollment advisors a call at 208.908.6250.

Winter 2018 RoadShow and Open House

iSucceed is back on the road and ready to help you get you enrolled for third quarter (Q3) classes starting January 22! We will be at various locations throughout Idaho for you to come meet our staff, enroll onsite and enjoy some treats at our Info Session Road Show.

The Details

There will be six info sessions taking place throughout the state Jan. 12–19. Each event will have teachers and/or staff members available to answer your questions and help you get enrolled.

Current iSucceed students are welcome to join as well! Come meet your teachers, receive or drop off your laptops and learn more about your school.

Orientation for New Students

If you’re new to iSucceed, then be sure to drop by for orientation! In these sessions, we will help you learn how to log on your new laptop (if you have it), access your school email and your online classroom.

 

ROADSHOW DATES AND LOCATIONS

Jan. 12–13: NORTH IDAHO 

  • Friday, Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Springhill Suites Hotel. 2250 W. Seltice Way Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.
  • Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn Express & Suites. 477326 US-95, Ponderay, 83852.

Jan. 16: Boise

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 3 – 7 p.m. at the iSucceed Office. 6148 N. Discovery Way, Ste 120, Boise, ID 83713. This will also be an open house with presentations to attend. 

Jan. 17: Canyon County

  • Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Stevens-Henager College. 16819 N. Marketplace Blvd, Nampa, ID 83687.

Jan. 18: East Idaho

  • Thursday, Jan. 18 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Fairfield Inn & Suites. 1293 W. Broadway St., Idaho Falls, ID 83402.
  • Friday, Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Twin Falls Public Library. 201 4th Ave E., Twin Falls, ID 83301.

What to Bring

If you plan to enroll onsite, you will need to bring a couple important items with you. Check them out in the image below.

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To see the full list of items, download our Enrollment Packet. Students who express a financial need can receive a Google Chromebook to use free of charge while they are enrolled.

Quarter 3 2013 classes start January 22. Start your online application today at isucceedvhs.net/enroll.

We will see you along the road!

  • Do you have questions about the Info Session Road Show? Share with us in the comments below; we’re happy to help!

Get Started in the New Year With iSucceed Virtual High School

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Another year has come and gone. 2018 is here, and with a new school year comes the opportunity for a new beginning. If you are struggling with your academics or simply aren’t enjoying your school, then resolve to make a change. Consider making the switch to iSucceed Virtual High School!

If you are struggling with your academics or simply aren’t enjoying your school, then resolve to make a change. Consider making the switch to iSucceed Virtual High School!

How to Get Enrolled With iSucceed Virtual High School

Enrolling with us is simple! Watch the video below for quick instructions.

For more detailed instructions on enrolling with iSucceed, head to this blog post.

Q3 Classes Start January 22!

iSucceed enrolls every quarter. Quarter 3 starts January 22, so don’t delay!

Why Enroll With iSucceed?

  • Tuition-free, quality education
    iSucceed is a public charter school, which means it is tuition free and accredited. We are held to the same standards as other schools, and work to provide a rigorous, engaging online education with self-authored, award-winning curriculum.
  • More personalized attention
    Our teachers are highly qualified and provide students individual support through phone calls, emails, instant messaging and online tutoring sessions. Oftentimes, our students report that they receive more personalized attention with us than they did at their old schools.
  • Three courses every nine weeks
    iSucceed’s curriculum is structured into three courses every nine weeks for better focus, greater retention and reduced stress. Check out this cool infographic to learn more about our quarter system.
  • Ability to catch up or get ahead on credits
    Because of our nine-week blocks, catching up or getting ahead is more doable with iSucceed. Students can take additional courses each block with approval to earn a total of 6 extra credits each school year.
  • 100% online, flexible schedule
    iSucceed courses are 100% online, which means you can do schoolwork wherever you have access to a computer and the internet. It’s a great model for anyone needing flexibility due to demanding extracurricular activities, family responsibilities, illness or work.
  • Vibrant student life
    iSucceed hosts student clubs and an array of events, including monthly gatherings, a prom and live graduation ceremony. There’s a monitored online student community chat so that you can make friends in a fun, safe way.

Head to ChooseiSucceed.com/Enroll to get started, or give us a call at 208.908.6250.

  • Do you have a quick question for us? Share with us in the comments below; we’re happy to help!

Online High School vs. Credit Recovery

Take a moment and think of four classmates you know.

One of them will likely not graduate high school.

Earning your high school diploma is extremely important. You can learn more in this article.

Oftentimes, students get behind on credits and feel overwhelmed. That leads to quitting school.

If you’re thinking of dropping out, don’t. If you’ve already dropped out, it’s not too late.

A large portion of iSucceed students come already behind on credits. And each year, thousands of former “at-risk” students go on to receive their high school diploma. When it comes to recovering your credits, you have options.

Why Online School Instead of Credit Recovery?

A credit recovery program tends to consist of you sitting on a computer, reading documents, taking quizzes and passing the course.

If you failed your course the first time, why would you do better with hardly any support or guidance? That’s not what iSucceed’s about.

We are an accredited, public high school which means our courses aren’t easy. But we do have a few programs and personalized support that will make you more capable of catching up and graduating here at iSucceed than at another school.

How to Catch Up on Credits to Graduate

iSucceed’s Quarter Schedule

iSucceed’s academic structure helps students graduate on time or even early. You can learn more about graduating early here. Our curriculum is separated into three courses every quarter. By the end of the traditional semester, a student at iSucceed will finish the same 6-7 courses a traditional student has; they just split it up differently.

Here’s how you can catch up:

After you successfully complete a quarter block with iSucceed with passing grades, you are eligible to add on more courses. That means you can take four courses every nine weeks for additional four credits in a school year.

As a refresher, here’s how to catch up on credits with iSucceed:

  • Enroll with iSucceed full time. Learn how to here.
  • Successfully complete one block with iSucceed with good grades.
  • Get counselor approval to take additional courses.

Sometimes life circumstances can make it difficult to add on courses. If you are behind and unable to take on extra work, you can still earn your high school diploma. You can stay with iSucceed until you are 21. However long it takes you to finish high school is not important, so long as you do earn that accredited diploma!

ENROLL HERE

Career Paths Virtual Presentation Happening December 13!

You’ve likely heard this question all your life:

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Now is the time to start answering that question. Whether you’re a freshman or senior, it’s important to start realizing your strengths and exploring career paths you’d like to take.

iSucceed Virtual High School is hosting a Career Paths Virtual Presentation Wednesday, December 13 from 2 – 3 p.m.  MST for our students to attend online or in person at the iSucceed office in Boise (6148 N. Discovery Way). Learn more about your college and career options at the iSucceed building in Boise. Or online, straight from the comfort of your home!

Career Paths Virtual Presentation by Stevens-Henager College

Angela Robinson from Stevens-Henager College will be the main presenter for the event. She will discuss how to discover yourself by finding your purpose, career path, post-secondary route and your “vehicle” (more details in the presentation).

In today’s world, you have endless choices and deciding on the right path for you can be daunting. This presentation will help you make the right decisions so you can be ready for life after high school. You will also receive information on scholarships and financial aid options through Stevens-Henager College.

Interactive Online Presentation

This online event will be extremely interactive. You will have the opportunity to answer questions throughout the presentation and ask your own questions. It will be a great way to interact with classmates too!

No RSVP necessary, all students are welcome to attend from 2 – 3 p.m. either in person at the iSucceed office or online.

This will be the link to join the event online:

https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/isucceedvhs.net/stevens-henager?authuser=0

This link will not work until the time of the presentation.

Surfing and Schooling: The Story of Camila Summers

Think for a second about your childhood. What was your most fond memory? Perhaps it was a bedroom to escape for a few hours, the living room filled with family or a favorite meal.

No matter what your favorite part of your home is, it’s become apart of who you are.

For Camila Summers, a student here at iSucceed, that was the oceans of Costa Rica, her childhood home.

Camila may live in Idaho now, but she certainly hasn’t left the oceans behind. In fact, she travels back and forth as a professional surfer.

If we had to guess, it isn’t every day that you meet a professional surfer in Idaho. But Camila has worked to make those dreams a reality.

Much of what she attributes to iSucceed Virtual High School’s flexibility.

The Story of Camila Summers, iSucceed Student, International Surfer

Camila is a motivated, excelling student here at iSucceed. Originating from Costa Rico, since she was little, she’s loved to surf.

“I’ve been familiar with the ocean ever since I can remember. It’s like a second home to me. My first memory on a surfboard was when I was six years old,” said Camila. “My dad used to push me on the little foams of the waves until the sun went down and the water became too cold for both of us to bear.”

Camila first started getting serious about surfing when a competition came to her hometown.

“When I was twelve years old the Costa Rican National Circuit surf event came to my hometown,” said Camila. “To this day I’m still not sure what inspired me to enter, but before I knew it I had a jersey on, and I was paddling out with the best girl surfers of my country. Ever since then I’ve been hooked on the world of competitive surfing. I wake up at the crack of dawn every morning to go out to the water and practice, I have a routine of intense indoor exercising I do every day, and I compete in every event I can.”

Balancing Surfing and Schooling

Still surfing competitively in Costa Rica, Camila leads a busy life. But thanks to the ability to study on her time, she is able to stay balanced between her education and her dreams.

“To me, the greatest benefit of iSucced has definitely been the flexible schedule,” said Camila. “Thanks to iSucced, I’ve been able to receive a proper American Education, and be a competitive surfer at the same time.”

Having constant interaction with teachers has helped Camila with her schooling as well.

“The constant interaction with teachers and comments posted by students also makes it feel more like if we were in a real classroom,” said Camila. I don’t feel like I’m alone in the process, and at any moment, if I need help, I know I can reach out to my teacher, who by now I feel like I know personally.”

Camila says that the key to staying successful in online schooling is preventing procrastination as much as possible.

“A busy life requires order and the proper time management. Having a mapped out schedule and set goals for every day are great ways to stay on top and avoid falling behind,” said Camila. “Just like most people, I have my busy moments followed by peace times. To stay on top of my school work, I take advantage of those peace times to get as much work done as I can.”

Plans After High School

After she graduates, Camila knows she wants to attend college. Where to attend and what she wants to study, though, she’s not quite decided.

“I definitely want to go to college, never the less I’m not sure whether I want to go right after I finish high school,” said Camila. “For now, I plan to continue with my competitive surfing and save up as much money as I can so that I can pay for college when I decide to go.”

Advice to Classmates

When it comes to succeeding in online school, Camila has a few words of advice:

“I thinks the key to being a successful online student is proper order and self-motivation. Make a schedule for yourself and set daily, weekly and monthly goals. I also like to strive to get more than what’s expected done. I’m supposed to complete 10 lessons every week, but I make it my goal to complete 12. That way if something comes up and I fall behind on my weekly expectations, I’m not so worried, because I’m already ahead. It’s like having a savings account, and you never know when you might need it.” – Camila Summers, iSucceed student

iSucceed's Holiday Celebration Party--December 20

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iSucceed Students: Celebrate the Holidays with iSVHS!

On Wednesday, December 13, iSucceed will host its annual holiday celebration, where students are invited to come together to celebrate the holidays and their hard work over the first two quarters (you’re almost there!).

Attendees must RSVP by Monday, December 11 at 5 p.m. See RSVP details below.

The party will take place at the Boise Study Lab from noon – 3 p.m., and will be filled with fun activities where students can:

Watch a Flick or Two

Nobody spreads holiday cheer better than Buddy the Elf and nobody helps us embrace the true spirit of the season like the Grinch! Students are encouraged to dress comfy and join us for two holiday classics, “Elf” and “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” We’ll supply the hot cocoa, popcorn and cookies.

Build a House–And Get a Chance to Win a Giftcard!

Students can show off their architectural and artistic skills by creating the best gingerbread house on the block! Gingerbread houses and supplies will be provided. Voting will take place the following day by iSVHS staff and a $25 Amazon gift card will be awarded for first place and a $10 Amazon gift card for second place.

 

iSucceed Holiday Celebration Details:

When: Tuesday, December 20, Noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Boise Study Lab, 6148 N. Discovery Way, Suite 120

RSVP*: Tara Downs, tdowns@isucceedvhs.net or 208.991.3898

*All attendees must RSVP by Monday, December 11 at 5 p.m.

We look forward to seeing students at the festivities!

Balancing High School and a Job

About 1 in 4 high school students in the United States have a part-time job. That’s about 3 million high schoolers working in the United States.

Working a job in high school certainly has its value. Not only do you get paid, you can learn important traits like time management and budgeting.

School is your first priority. Obtaining good grades opens the path to a much brighter future.

With school requiring about 30 (likely more) hours every week, balancing that with a 10–20-hour-a-week job can get overwhelming. However, working and going to school is completely manageable. All it takes, really, is scheduling and discipline.

Easier said than done, of course.

But it certainly can be done. To help our working high school students, Primavera faculty and staff members have compiled some tips and tricks to balance high school and a job.

Tips to Balance High School and a Job 

Tip 1: Eat Well and Get a Good Night’s Rest

Living a healthy lifestyle can help you manage the stress of school and work.  Adopt these healthy habits to stay energized for your busy schedule:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat less sugar and processed foods.
  • Drink more water and fewer sodas.
  • Get between 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night.

Balancing life begins with sleeping and eating.

Tip 2: Find a Job That Will Be Flexible With School

Your education is your first priority. There are some employers who will not work with your schedule; they will try to schedule you as many hours as possible. Avoid those jobs. There are plenty other flexible managers who want you to do well in school.

Tip 2: Set Aside “School” Hours Like You Would Work Hours

One of the most important aspects of balancing high school responsibilities and a part-time job is scheduling your daily tasks.

As Head of School Katie Allison said:

“You have ‘work hours,’ so be sure to set your ‘school hours.’ This ensures you set aside time to devote to school only in order to get on track with classes.”

“Match the task to the time. Take some time to plan what you do before you just jump in, and as you do things, time yourself,” said Principal Trehal. “Learn how long it takes you to do different things, and then begin to think about how to plan your day. If you know you only have 90 minutes to do schoolwork, don’t try to do something that will take you 120 minutes. Save that task for when you have time.” 

The beauty of online school is that you can focus on school when you choose. This means you have the ability to set your schedule. Know when you can focus best, and stick with those times.

“Teachers may be asleep at 3:30 a.m., but you can access your curriculum anytime,” said Mrs. Allison.

“Other people may not like this idea, but most evenings I will jump in and grade before I go to bed,” said iSucceed Social Studies instructor Joe Rollins. “I am typically a night owl, and my wife works nights, so using this time to grade works for me, since it is not taking away from family time. I find that when I do this, the load of grading I have in the morning is never some giant mound as what there would be had I not done grading in the late evening. I try not to think of it as working late, but more like starting early.”

Once you find a job that will work for you, make sure you pick a realistic schedule. Know your limits and be real with what you can handle.

“Don’t bite off more than you can chew,” said Mrs. Allison. “Be realistic with your time, if you take three classes per quarter you need to average 3 lessons per course per week to stay on task. 🙂

Tip 3: Separate School, Work and Free Time Whenever Possible

As Principal Trehal said, “We work more efficiently without distraction, so the better you can match your tasks to the time you have, the more productive you’ll be. This also speaks to the focus part: distractions kill productivity, so being able to finish things without any distractions will really help.”

Generally, your daily routines can be separated into three categories: School, work and free time.

Try to keep the three separated in order to help your brain transition from task to task. This can be as simple as having separate locations for each place. Work is the simplest one. Wherever you work is your designated location.

Free time and school time are a little different. Since you are an online student, you can study anywhere. But to help your brain focus, try not to do schoolwork at places where you usually relax, like the couch or your bed. Instead, create a designated workspace.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t make your workspace fun! In fact, we encourage you to incorporate some of your favorite items in your workspace. This will help your brain make positive associations with your schoolwork, so you don’t dread working so much.

“When you are doing work or school, minimize your distractions and focus just on that,” said iSucceed Principal Clayton Trehal. “It’s the same with home and other responsibilities. When you’re at work, be at work. When you are at home, be at home and not at work mentally. If you do a good job focusing, you’ll maximize your productivity.”

Tip 4: Remember to Take Breaks

As Principal Trehal said:

“We all have things we want to do (other than work/schoolwork),” said Principal Trehal. “It’s best to use these things to motivate you rather than distract you. Say to yourself, ‘After I finish (whatever task), I can now watch the latest episode of Longmire on Netflix.’ Then you’ll have something to look forward to and it will help motivate you.”

“Remember to take a break, exercise and do something fun to reward yourself after you put in hard work,” said Mrs. Allison. “Even if you only have a short amount of time, take a YouTube break or reward yourself with your fav Netflix episode ;-).”

  • Students, do you work a part-time job? Share some tips with us in the comments below!
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