JCCC Model UN team Receives awards at the 2014 Mid-West Model UN Conference

The JCCC Model United Nations team received an Outstanding Delegation Award, Delegates’ Choice Award, and three Honorable Mention awards for its portrayal of Canada and New Zealand at the 2014 Mid-West Model United Nations Conference at Union Station St. Louis Missouri February 19-20, 2014.

 

This accomplishment is attributable to team members Aaron Swift (Olathe, KS), Bennett Hofer (Olathe, KS) and (Ian Sneid (Leawood, KS) for their work on the General Assembly Disarmament Committee regarding the topics  Review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the whole question of chemical and biological weapons. Jeffery Redmond (Olathe, KS) on the General Assembly Economic and Financial Committee regarding the topics of  Post-2015 development agenda (MDGs) and Review of international migration and development. Marie-Kistin Horvat (Lingen, Germany, Lenexa, KS) & Nathaly Cifuentes (Bogota Colombia/Merriam KS) for their work on the Economic and Social Council Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) and culture for sustainable developmentHigh-level policy with international financial and trade institutions, and the Promotion and protection of biodiversity. In addition, the team received recognition for their diplomatic skills at General Assembly Plenary session.

 

In addition, three JCCC team members were chosen by the conference for staff positions. Mayra Ferman (Kansas City, KS), co-chair of the General Assembly Finance Committee Kaitlyn Sylva (Gardner, KS), co-chair of the Food and Agricultural Organization and Gaelyn McGhee (Shawnee, KS) co-chair of the General Assembly Disarmament Committee. JCCC Model United Nations faculty advisor Brian Wright (Overland Park, KS).

 

These Mid-West Model United Nations conference awards cap over 12 years of success for JCCC, during which the team has received awards at each of the last thirty-six conferences they have attended. The JCCC Model UN team will next attend the National Model United Nations and Leadership Conference in New York held at the United Nations in April where they will represent the country of Niger. This conference is an exceptional educational opportunity for JCCC students and a chance to highlight the school’s academic excellence. Eighteen JCCC students competed with students from over 100 other Universities and Colleges from across North America.
Ian Sneid (Leawood, KS). “The Conference is an experience you utilize key skills that be applied to either college or after college. I advise JCCC students to join the Model UN.”

 

Aaron Swift (Olathe, KS) “Model United Nations is a true experience to work with a large variety of incredibly dedicated students and learn about international diplomacy.”

Elysia Chao (Overland Park, KS) “The Mid-West Model United Nations Conference was an unforgettable learning experience. We were able to practice public speaking, collaborate and build consensus on resolutions, debate varying ideas and issues, and demonstrate leadership through teamwork. The simulation gave me insights to how the United Nations functions and its importance.”

Jeffery Redmond (Olathe, KS) “Representing leaders of the world was an honorable experience.”

 

Grace Kamotho (Overland Park, KS) “An awesome learning experience with such dedication, commitment and loads of hard work so we can experience the conference and all that goes into being a UN delegate.”

 

Marie-Kistin Horvat (Lingen, Germany, Lenexa, KS) “The 2014 Mid-West Model United Nations conference was an outstanding educational experience.

The ability for young people, like myself, show dedication and perseverance on topics well beyond college educational levels was truly incredible.”

 

Donald Roth (Prairie Village, KS) “I am glad to have the opportunity to network with future leaders from around the United States. This is a wonderful learning opportunity that I will not soon forget. I am particularly proud of the contributions made by my fellow JCCC students.”

Katlyn Pratt (Baldwin, KS) “Model United Nations is something you cannot completely understand or appreciate until you participate. You realize how exhausting diplomacy is and how much effort feels worth it as the session adjourns. After collaborating on a resolution paper for nine hours and then being able to reach unanimous agreement fills you with pride.”

 

Ammar Essa (Lenexa, KS) “This year’s Mid-West Model United Nations Conference was a great educational experience. We met students from around the country that made the experience very enjoyable.”

 

Danielle Allison (Overland Park, KS) “the hard work by all students at the conference is an accurate representation of diplomacy in action.”

 

Jeffery Redmond (Olathe, KS) “The conference is exciting experience. I am enjoying the conference and all of the opportunities that comes from the experience.”
Joe Beeso (Garnder, KS) “The Model United Nations Conference has been a great academic, leadership, and international opportunity. When you must take the position of a county and defend its policies you become more aware and open to diversity. The skills and ability to learn and understand others perspectives and develop a solution to cooperation and compromise are very important.”

 

Bennett Hofer (Olathe, KS) “This experience at MMUN has been an educational and eye-opening, allowing the JCCC team to cooperate to achieve the highest accolades possible.”

 

Elizabeth Andrews, Tonganoxie, KS “It is very exciting to explore a whole new world of thinking and to meet students from across the United States.”

Fabiola Sanchez (Overland Park, KS) “It is not until you experience Model UN at the conference where you see the enthusiasm and devotion all students have for this team. It was a wonderful learning experience and I enjoyed having the privilege to be a part of it.”

 

Nathaly Cifuentes (Bogota Colombia/Merriam, KS) “More than a learning experience, we all had the opportunity to develop writing and speaking skills. We had the opportunity to use our skills to represent New Zealand and create a resolution to solve real global problems. The Mid-West Model UN Conference made be more aware and how the world needs solutions, leaders for the future. Thank you so much for letting me be part of the JCCC Model United Nations team and I will be working to improve.”

 

Kennedy Mwachia (Olathe, KS) “My experience at Mid-West Model United Nations Conference has changed my perspective on our generation, meeting brilliant individuals committed to make the world better has inspired me greatly. It restored my hope in a peaceful world.”

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JCCC Model united Nations team recieves Position paper awards at American Model United Nations Conference

IMG_2026The JCCC Model United Nations team received four awards for their Policy Positions Papers of Tanzania and Zambia at the 2013 American Model United Nations Conference Chicago IL. November 23-26, 2013.

The Position Paper Awards are presented in recognition of Johnson County’s pre-conference preparation. The position paper serves as a blueprint for building consensus and formulating and negotiating workable draft resolutions to resolve issues. In the last eight years the JCCC Model United Nations has received awards at all twenty-three consecutive conferences they have attended. Most notable are the awards received at the National Model United Nations Conference held at the United Nations in New York City. This past spring the team received an honorable mention award at the National Model United Nations and has received outstanding position paper awards in 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, & 2006. Preparations for these conferences are an exceptional educational opportunity for JCCC students and a chance to highlight the school’s academic excellence.

Twelve papers were submitted for the 2013 American Model United Nations conference with six for each Tanzania and Zambia.
The team captain was Kaitlyn Sylva (Gardner, KS) and Co-captain Ian Sneid (Leawood, KS). Elizabeth Schmidtberger was chosen to be a report for the conference and work on the AMUN Chronicle as part of the International Press Delegation.

Papers submitted for the General Assembly Plenary committee   Nicki Joy Karstens   (Overland Park, KS) representing Tanzania and Marie-Kistin Horvat (Lingen, Germany) representing Zambia. The issues before the committee are the “UN   Global Counter Terrorism Strategy and Efforts to Control” and “Elimination of   Malaria in Developing Countries.”

Papers submitted for the Disarmament and International Security committee are by Aaron Banes (Kansas City, MO) representing Tanzania, Aaron Swift (Olathe, KS) representing Zambia on the “Establishment of a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in the Middle East” and “Problems Arising from the Accumulation of Conventional Ammunition Stockpiles.”

Papers submitted for the Economic and Financial committee are by Kaitlyn Sylva representing Tanzania and Elysia Chao (Overland Park, KS) representing Zambia on the issues of “Science and Technology for Development” and “Follow-up to the Conference on world Financial and Economic crisis.”

Papers submitted for the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural committee are by Rebecca Carr (Overland Park, KS) representing Tanzania and Grace Kamotho (Overland Park, KS) representing Zambia on the issues of “Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment” and “the Rights of the Child.”

Papers submitted for the committee Special Political and Decolonization are by Donald Roth (Prairie Village, KS) representing Tanzania and Katlyn Pratt (Baldwin, KS) representing Zambia on the following issues: “International Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space” and “the Effects of Atomic Radiation.”

Papers submitted for Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations are by Ian Sneid (Leawood, KS) on the issues of “the Conduct and Discipline of Peacekeeping” and “the Protection of Civilians.”

JCCC Model United Nations has been transformed into one of the nation’s top ranked programs. One main reason is the leadership of Dr. Brian Wright (team advisor) who developed the course POLS 200 Model United Nations. Dr. Wright is also the treasurer for the board of directors UNA USA Kansas City organization and the Secretary for the board of directors Mid-West Model United Nations in St. Louis. Dr. Wright received the 2007 JCCC International Education Award and JCCC Distinguished Service Awards in spring 2008, 2010, 2012.

 

 

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JCCC Model UN Team Receives Awards at the National Model United Nations Conference New York City.

 

The Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Model United Nations team is pleased to announce that it received an Honorable Mention Delegation Award for the portrayal Zambia at the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) in New York City, March 15 to 21, 2013.

The Delegation Award will be presented today March 21, 2013 at United Nations General Assembly Hall.

 

 
In addition, JCCC received two Outstanding Position Paper awards for the Economic Commission for Africa (read paper) regarding the following three topics:
1.Pursuing Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Practices in Mineral Trade

2. Enhancing Good Governance through the New Partnership for Africa’s Development

3. Improving Youths’ Access to Education and Employment Opportunities

 
Economic and Social Council  (read paper) regarding the following three topics:
1. Confronting Family Poverty and Social Exclusion

2. Strengthening Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance and Relief

3. Millennium Development Goal 2 and Increasing Access to Education

 

JCCC students competed against other Universities and Colleges from around the world (i.e., University of Hamburg, University of Madrid, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Northwestern Polytechnical University Xian China).

 

JCCC was evaluated by the conference on the following criteria for the Distinguished Award: Remaining in Character – defined as advocating your assigned country’s position in a manner consistent with economic, social and geopolitical constraints, Participating in committee – evaluated both during formal and informal (caucusing) sessions, Proper use of the rules of procedure – NMUN uses the rules of procedure to facilitate effective workings of committee and debate.

 

Additionally, Position Paper Awards in recognition of outstanding pre-conference preparation. The following criteria are used by the conference staff to evaluate Position Papers:  Overall quality of writing, proper style, grammar, etc., Citation of relevant resolutions/documents, General consistency with bloc/geopolitical constraints, Consistency with the constraints of the United Nations, and Analysis of issues, rather than reiteration of the Committee Background Guide.

 

Three JCCC Students were chosen by the conference to be both chair and rapporteur’s who assist with the organization of their conference committee.
Aaron Haffey (Overland Park, KS) the General Assembly Second Committee: Economic  “This committee is interesting because it depends on the progress made on Sustainable Development  which also contributes to the maintenance of peace in the world.”

Mayra Ferman Romero, (Kansas City, KS) United Nations Settlements Program “This experience at NMUN has been an educational and eye-opening, allowing the JCCC team to bond together and cooperate to achieve the highest accolades possible.”

 

Joseph Gideon (Overland Park, KS) was chosen to Chair the Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (CPO) “The CPO offers real insight into global perspectives on the roll of peacekeeping in the world.”

 

In addition to the above, the JCCC teams success is attributed to Allie Owens, (Olathe, KS), Tyler Swaggerty (Lawrence, KS ) Daniel Crist (Overland Park, KS), Aaron Haffey (Overland Park, KS), Jon Parton (Overland Park, KS), Sam Zeller (Kansas City, MO), K. Jordan Holmes (Overland Park, KS) Ian Sneid (Leawood, KS) Mayra Daniela Romero Ferman (Kansas City, Kansas), Kaitlyn Sylva (Gardner, KS), Joy Lee, (Daejeon, South Korea), Linda Makau (Nairobi Kenya) and Dr. Brian Wright (team advisor, Warrensburg, MO)

 

“It is a very impressive achievement for JCCC students,” JCCC Model UN faculty advisor and Associate Professor Brian Wright adds that “Please understand how much of an achievement this is for JCCC. The National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference New York City is the world’s largest and most prestigious Model United Nations conference. Participants include major universities from throughout the world, each of which sets the main focus of their program on award recognition at New York. Although the NMUN conference is very large, it has kept its number of awards small and to receive one clearly says to the rest of the Model UN community that JCCC has one of the strongest programs in the world. Receiving these awards are a great experience for our students that will stay with them throughout their lives.”

 

This NMUN award caps eight years of success for JCCC Model UN program, during which the team has received awards at the last 25 conferences they have attended. It also completes a sweep for the school year with this JCCC team having received outstanding awards at the Mid-West Model UN in St. Louis. These conferences are an exceptional educational opportunity for JCCC students and a chance to highlight the school’s academic excellence. JCCC students prepared for the conference through research for position papers, class assignments, and participation at their own MUN simulation. A wide variety of majors are represented on this team, such as Political Science, Business, History, Nursing, Education, English, and Science.

 

“The NMUN conference was an unforgettable experience because of meeting students from fifty different countries. I am proud to be a part of such a successful team” said Tyler Swaggerty (Lawrence, KS). “This conference was an experience I will always value; having had the opportunity to work with great students from around the world.” Model United Nations allows students to understand the international issues at the United Nations while building skills in public speaking and diplomacy. More than 3000 students participated in the conference by proposing resolutions and writing reports dealing with world issues. The conference helps students to further understand global issues and international relations in a forum that allows them to discuss global concerns in an atmosphere that is similar to that of the United Nations.

 

“These awards it would not have been possible without the hard work and collaboration between of every member of this team,” said JCCC student” said Kaitlyn Sylva

 

Daniel Crist “When you enter the United Nations General Assembly Hall and witness so many students from around the world working on international issues. Nothing compares to the feeling of everything coming together which spending time at the United Nations. Just imagine what we can accomplish in the future.”

 

Ian Sneid “Learning the international perspective from those who actually hold it was very rewarding.”

 

Aaron Haffey “the conference is an opportunity to interact with students from around the world and solve issues in a learning environment.”

 

Linda Makau “The conference shows how students are working diplomatically to fine solutions to issues of human trafficking by consensus. The hope is that the United Nations can do the same.”

 

Joy Lee “I am glad to have the opportunity to network with future leaders from around the world. This is a wonderful learning opportunity that I will not soon forget. I am particularly proud of the contributions made by my fellow JCCC students.”

 

 

Jordan Holmes “At the NMUN conference we collaborate to find feasible solutions for solving the world’s most critical issues such as responding to hunger in Africa.”

Allie Owens “the hard work by all students at the conference is an accurate representation of diplomacy in action.”

Jon Parton “The conference is exciting experience. I am enjoying the conference and all of the opportunities that comes from the experience. We get to see New York City and the United Nations and to work with an international body of students to reach many goals.”

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JCCC Model UN Receives Outstanding Position paper awards at NMUN New York City

The Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Model United Nations team is pleased to announce that it received two Outstanding Position Papers award representing Zambia at the 2013 National Model United Nations Conference for the following committees:

Economic Commission for Africa regarding the following three topics: 1.Pursuing Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Practices in Mineral Trade 2. Enhancing Good Governance through the New Partnership for Africa’s Development 3. Improving Youths’ Access to Education and Employment Opportunities

Economic and Social Council regarding the following three topics: NMUN Paper Awards1.Confronting Family Poverty and Social Exclusion 2.Strengthening Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance and Relief 3.Millennium Development Goal 2 and Increasing Access to Education

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JCCC Model United Nations team Receives Five Awards at Mid-West Model United Nations conference

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The JCCC Model United Nations team received five awards for its portrayal of United Kingdom at the 2013 Mid-West Model United Nations Conference St. Louis February 20-23, 2013. The Outstanding Delegation Award and Outstanding Choice Award went to Mayra Daniela Romero Ferman (Kansas City, KS) for her work on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs regarding the issues of “International cooperation to ensure the availability of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for medical and scientific purposes while preventing their diversion,” “Reduction of the illicit demand for narcotic drugs,” “Cooperation in combating the world drug trade problem and its connection with organized crime.” St. Louis is an enjoyable educational experience that has improved my confidence. Utilizing intrapersonal, extensive writing, and speaking skills at my first Model UN conference; it was an incredible experience.” (Mayra Ferman)

Outstanding Position Paper Award went to Aaron Haffey (Overland Park, KS for his work on the Security Council on the issues of “Responsibility to Protect,” “Emerging Security Threats in West Africa,” “Women and Peace in the area of Security,” The Position Paper Award is presented in recognition of Johnson County’s pre-conference preparation. The position paper serves as a blueprint for building consensus and formulating and negotiating workable draft resolutions to resolve issues. “Learning about the complexity of the International Security issues involving the United Nations was a challenging yet intellectually awarding experience.” Aaron Haffey

In addition Aaron Haffey received an Honorable Mention Award went for his portrayal of the United Kingdom in the Security Council.

 

Honorable Mention Award went to Jon Parton (Overland Park, KS) for his portrayal of The Times (London, UK) with the International Press Delegation (IDP). The IDP is designed to simulate the role of the media in diplomacy and international politics. During the conference, the IPD publishes a daily newspaper, MMUN News & World Report, covering MMUN committee proceedings, world developments, and other related news. IPD participants represent different news agencies, having a chance to examine the role of regional and national press organizations in reporting and shaping differing opinions on current world issues.

Our visit to St. Louis was one of the most demanding yet rewarding experiences in my time at JCCC. The conference allowed me to use the leadership and organizational skills I had developed in the Model UN program. As a student journalist, I valued the experience of being able to work for professional reporters. Their advice and guidance allowed me to strengthen the skills required for my career. I’m extremely grateful for being granted the opportunity to go. (Jon Parton)

 

JCCC students competed against other Universities and Colleges from across North America. In addition to the above, the JCCC teams success is attributed to Allie Owens, (Olathe, KS), Shahnoza Seidmedova (Dashoguz, Turkmenistan), Jason Sandoy (Lenexa, KS), Tyler Swaggerty (Lawrence, KS ) Daniel Crist (Overland Park, KS), Aaron Haffey (Overland Park, KS), Jon Parton (Overland Park, KS), Sam Zeller (Kansas City, MO), JiaJia Hanson (Kansas City, MO), K. Jordan Holmes (Overland Park, KS) Ian Sneid (Leawood, KS) Mayra Daniela Romero Ferman (Kansas City, Kansas), Kaitlyn Sylva (Gardner, KS), Joy Lee, (Daejeon, South Korea), Linda Makau (Nairobi Kenya) and Dr. Brian Wright (team advisor, Warrensburg, MO  ) Dr. Wright is the Secretary for the Board of Directors of the Midwest Model United Nations.

 

Additionally, former JCCC student and team member David Willis (Cleveland, MO) was elected 2013 Mid-West Model United Nations Conference Board of Directors.
Samatha Poetter, (Paola, KS) former JCCC student and team member was the 2012 Under Secretary General of the Mid-West Model United Nations Conference. The Under-Secretary General for Administration are responsible for organizing and managing the Mid-West Model United Nations Conference.

 

Model United Nations allows students to understand the international issues at the United Nations and at the same time build skills in public speaking and diplomacy. More than 600 students participated in this conference, proposing resolutions dealing with world issues. The issues discussed range from peace-keeping and human rights to economic development, and the plight of children. The conference is helping students to further understand global issues and international relations. This forum allows students to discuss global concerns in an atmosphere that is similar to that of the United Nations.

 

The JCCC Model UN team will next attend the National Model United Nations Conference in New York held at the United Nations March 17-21, 2013 where they will represent the country of Zambia. This conference is an exceptional educational opportunity for JCCC students and a chance to highlight the school’s academic excellence.

 

Shahnoza Seidmedova “I view the appreciation that Midwest Model United Nations has widened my outlook about the immense world of politics and how countries would respond to further economic, political and social changes. ”

 

Kaitlyn Sylva : My experience in St. Louis was fun and very educational. I learned about how different countries must cooperate to form resolutions. It also increased me public speaking abilities.

 

Tyler Swaggaggerly: I learned to be precise when interacting with other students. I also learned about public speaking and attention to detail is important. I learned about how to better work with others who have different views and goals. It was an amazing experience that I recommend to every JCCC student.

 

Allie Owens: The team work has shown is unlike any other. We learned that teamwork is very important especially in the General Assembly committee. We all utilized our strengths to develop resolutions and work with other delegations. Overall St. Louis is an experience I cannot recommend enough.

Jordan: MMUN is beneficial to anyone interested in International Relations. Interaction with students from across the country is the best possible way to apply critical thinking, social and diplomatic skills learned in the classroom. Working toward a common goal often times is challenging, but does not overshadow the rewards of participating in an international conference.

Daniel Crist: The most enjoyable part of the conference was the interaction with other students. To portray a country as a delegate was both informative and fun.

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JCCC Model UN Receives Awards at Conference

IMG_1200Outstanding Position Paper Award went to Aaron Haffey (Overland Park, KS for his work on the Security Council on the issues of “Responsibility to Protect,” “Emerging Security Threats in West Africa,” “Women and Peace in the area of Security,” The Position Paper Award is presented in recognition of Johnson County’s pre-conference preparation. The position paper serves as a blueprint for building consensus and formulating and negotiating workable draft resolutions to resolve issues.

In addition Aaron Haffey received an Honorable Mention Award went for his portrayal of the United Kingdom in the Security Council.

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JCCC Model UN Receives Outstanding Awards

IMG_1199The Outstanding Delegation Award and Outstanding Choice Award went to Mayra Daniela Romero Ferman (Kansas City, KS) for her work on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs regarding the issues of “International cooperation to ensure the availability of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for medical and scientific purposes while preventing their diversion,” “Reduction of the illicit demand for narcotic drugs,” “Cooperation in combating the world drug trade problem and its connection with organized crime.”

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JCCC Model UN Receives Honorable Mention for International Press Delegation

Honorable Mention Award went to Jon Parton (Kansas City, MO) for his portrayal of The Times (London, UK) with the International Press Delegation (IDP). The IDP is designed to simulate the role of the media in diplomacy and international politics. During the conference, the IPD publishes a daily newspaper, MMUN News & World Report, covering MMUN committee proceedings, world developments, and other related news. IPD participants represent different news agencies, having a chance to examine the role of regional and national press organizations in reporting and shaping differing opinions on current world issues.IMG_1201 
“Our visit to St. Louis was one of the most demanding yet rewarding experiences in my time at JCCC. The conference allowed me to use the leadership and organizational skills I had developed in the Model UN program. As a student journalist, I valued the experience of being able to work for professional reporters. Their advice and guidance allowed me to strengthen the skills required for my career. I’m extremely grateful for being granted the opportunity.” Jon Parton.

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Model UN Team Preparing for Spring Conferences

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JCCC Model UN visits China

JCCC at Great Wall.

 

Eight members of the JCCC Model United Nations will be traveled to Beijing and Xian China November 14 to 24th 2012. In Xian JCCC Model was hosted by Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU). JCCC signed an agreement with NPU in 2000 that sets up a cultural student exchange and in particular with the Model UN program. This program is unique. NPU will be sending students to JCCC this coming spring as they have done each year since 2002. The NPU students come to JCCC to train with the Model UN team before attending the New York conference at the United Nations. JCCC has previously sent students to Xian in 2004 and 2008.

 For more information see JCCC Model UN Xian China

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