Susan Hillman
Residential Relocation Specialist

I am LOCAL and I am GLOBAL

Susan M. Hillman
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Sewickley Office, PA
401 Broad Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
(412) 741-2200

Not Your Typical Realtor. Not Your Typical Realtor Bio.

You loathe typical real estate agent bios. Don’t worry, I do too. They’re like cardboard -- stiff, bland, and identical to every other bio out there. Instead of boasting ad nauseum about awards and accomplishments you’re not interested in, I’m taking the novel approach of actually giving you what you want -- real answers to questions you’re probably wondering right now.

Will you return my calls and emails?

Yes. Without question.

I realize this is one of the major frustrations the general public has with dealing with agents. I get dozens of calls and emails daily, and I work hard to reply as quickly as possible.

I’ve met many Realtors who are jerks. Are you?

Depends on who you ask. If you ask certain agents who have stood between my clients and their real estate goals, they'll probably say "yes". A handful of people think I leave golden footprints in the sand. Those are the two extremes, and most people's opinion falls somewhere in the middle. Here's what I can tell you: I'm honest and candid. I take pride in being approachable and friendly. And if you need a quick real estate brain, or a strong dose of honesty, you’re in the right place. Loyalty to family, clients, and friends is one of my core values. Want to really find out if I’m a jerk? Mess with one of those people.

Do You Have experience doing exactly what I need?

Until you tell me what you need, there is no way of knowing.

These are "strong suits" of mine:

? First Time Home Buyers

? Estate Situations

? USDA, VA, Conventional and FHA Loan

If your goal or situation isn't represented on that list, don't worry. Contact me anyway. If I can't help, I can get you referred to an another agent who can.

What kind of work are you really good at?

On a personal level, I'm pretty good at cooking (I make a mean lasagna!), and I'm not too shabby at gardening (I’ve been told I have a green thumb).

On a professional level, here are the skill-sets that I’ve developed over the years:

? Listening. Unfortunately, it’s a lost art these days.

? Marketing via Social Media

? Always putting your best interests first

Quick Snapshot

? Rising Star Award

? Million Plus Dollar Producer

? Graduate of Alan Kells School of Real Estate

? Certified Residential Relocation Specialist

?  eBiz Certified


Specialties

Residential

Baden Academy Charter School

Arts Infusion and Integration

The creative and performing arts are unique in their ability to provide a personalized education process that engages each and every student's – and teacher's – unique abilities, aptitudes, and aspirations. An arts-infused learning environment offers students, teachers and artists a protected space within our school for personal and collaborative inquiry, engaged learning, and abstract, creative and innovative thinking, and where emergent curriculum as well as relevant practice may take root to be nourished and to grow.

Arts integration is a unique teaching practice that weaves the visual, media, performing and literary arts into classroom instruction and assessment to engage students in their own learning. An integrated curriculum naturally links common content and skills between the arts and other content areas. Teachers and students approach complex concepts from multiple perspectives, infusing the classroom with creativity and experiential study that connects learning in diverse content areas through artistic processes. Students are given multiple opportunities to learn and multiple ways to demonstrate understanding. Inquiry-based teaching methods position students to practice higher-order and critical-thinking skills through the transfer of ideas and understanding across mediums and content areas. When students transfer ideas across modes of expression, they are better able to think abstractly and metaphorically. Reflection and critical response are embedded and ongoing in the learning process. Artwork is viewed as evidence of learning.

The arts provide the safety and space necessary to take risks and to express ideas, empowering students to merge their emotions with their exploration and inquiry. The arts invite personal connections to learning that help shape a shared sense of responsibility in the classroom. Using the arts and personal creativity to spark interest and inspire passion and self-expression, we can more closely connect how we teach with what we teach. This approach can and will have an authentic and positive impact on learning at the Baden Academy Charter School.

Classical Breadth and Rigor

Incorporated into this arts-infused learning environment will be a respect for the rigor and breadth exemplified by a classical approach to education – one which utilizes concepts from history, language arts, literature, science, mathematics, and social studies to nurture and broaden the intellectual capacity of students within a rich and integrated academic core. Using the best elements of the "Great Books" tradition, the Baden Academy Charter School will equip students with a high degree of cultural literacy using some of the world's greatest works of art as primary texts in the learning process. The emphasis and value placed on world-language learning informs the students' understanding of Western culture with a deeper knowledge of, and authentic appreciation for, the contributions and treasures of other world cultures.

Skills for a Lifetime

Baden Academy Charter School is dedicated to providing all students with the skills and experiences necessary for them to develop and begin realizing their personal goals and objectives, as well as to become active and contributing members of their communities. The school's emphasis on creative inquiry, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary collaboration will equip students with skills that will be crucial to successfully navigating our complex, challenging, and ever-changing world. Students will be provided a strong foundation to help to encourage sound ethical and moral decisions through a character-education program, while a comprehensive and highly personalized wellness initiative will help to shape healthy lifestyles from an early age. Baden Academy's engagement of core academic subjects in an arts-rich environment is designed to ignite each child's innate curiosity, and to instill a desire for learning that is life-long in its breadth and scope.

The Renaissance Curriculum

The Baden Academy Charter School utilizes a proprietary curriculum, the Renaissance Curriculum, which has been developed under the auspices of the Baden Academy Charter School Planning Committee and the National Network of Digital Schools, and meets the requirements of applicable federal and state laws and regulations, including Chapter 4 of Title 22 of the Pennsylvania Code.

Continual review of the curriculum will involve continual review of any revised standards for curriculum and instruction per Chapter 4 of Title 22 of the Pennsylvania Code. Continual review of the curriculum will involve continual review of any revised standards for curriculum and instruction per state law.

Pennsylvania Academic Standards

The Pennsylvania Academic Standards for grades K to 2 specify content, examples of what students will do (and what the teacher will do). The standards are generally consistent across grade levels and subject areas and compliant with the Pennsylvania Code. For example, there are nine explicit standards in the curricular area Reading, Writing, Speaking
and Listening. Examples include: Learning to Read Independently, Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Text, Types of Writing, etc. In addition to the core areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, there are standards for areas such as Arts and Humanities, Social-Interpersonal, and Family School-Community Partnerships.

As stated above, the Renaissance Curriculum complies with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards required by applicable state regulations and builds upon those requirements, designates what students should know (concepts) and be able to do (competencies), includes a list of instructional strategies from the Pennsylvania Department of Education as well as other resources, and adds an Assessment Strategies component.

Infusing and Integrating the Arts

Arts infusion and integration is an educational field that specializes in relationships among people, ideas, curricula, places, themes and areas of study, with an emphasis on arts learning at the center of these relationships. It is an intentional process to merge learning in the arts with learning in other content areas.

Numerous academic, peer-reviewed articles, books, professional organizations and online sources were used to identify suggestions for ways to teach using all art forms. Arts-infused schools, curricula and programs in other parts of the country were researched. The current framework contains a database of arts-based instructional and assessment strategies to get faculty started. The database will continue to grow as teachers develop their capacity as integrators.

Because the arts are naturally woven into the learning objectives and curriculum of all content areas at Baden Academy, the Pennsylvania standards for the Arts and Humanities will be met through instructional and assessment strategies that engage artistic processes in each of the core content areas. For example, all coursework, when appropriate, will provide students with opportunities to produce, perform and exhibit artistic, musical, literary, dramatic or choreographed works. Through production and performance, students will engage the vocabulary, elements and principles of the art form. Through inquiry, students and teachers will dialogue about the historical, cultural and social relationships between the art works and their interdisciplinary counterparts. Critical and aesthetic responses to art exhibitions and performances will result from critical processes such as comparing and contrasting, analysis, interpretation, hypothesis generation, production or performance evaluation, reflection and emotive responses.

ABOUT QUIGLEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Quigley Catholic High School first opened its doors to students in September of 1967. The 440 students came to the new school while construction of the building was still being finished around them. Growth and construction of one sort or another has been going on ever since. Quigley Catholic is the first and only regional Catholic high school in Beaver County. Quigley Catholic, although a relatively young school, nevertheless, has a proud heritage of education in this area from its two parent institutions, Mt. Gallitzin High School and St. Veronica High School. The Sisters of St. Joseph opened Mt. Gallitzin High School for girls in September, 1934 at the suggestion of Bishop Hugh C. Boyle. Convent facilities were expanded to include the new high school along with the academy for boys which had been open since 1902.

The first class graduated in 1938, the centennial year of Baden Township. The school offered both academic and commercial courses and was noted for its broad cultural program and the individual attention and direction given to each student. Most of the girls were commuters, save some boarders who were preparing to the Congregation of the Sisters. At the time of the consolidation in 1967, the student enrollment was 245. St. Veronica High School was opened in September, 1924, under the supervision of Fr. John Martin, pastor, and the Sisters of St. Joseph who staffed the new parish high school. Seventeen students were in the first graduating class. Growth continued so quickly that within 15 years new space was desperately needed. Rev. James O’Connell and Rev. Paul Nee continued the education expansion at St. Veronica’s. A building at 5th and Beaver Road was obtained through cooperation from the Ambridge School board in 1945. When a new school for elementary level students was built in 1959, the high school eventually moved back to its original home on Melrose Avenue. At the time of the consolidation in 1967 the enrollment of 243 included students from many other parishes besides St. Veronica.

Mission Statement

Quigley Catholic High School is a Roman Catholic, college preparatory, co-educational secondary school. With gospel values as our foundation, Quigley strives to form faith-filled and competent Christians, life-long learners who will contribute to the common good of their church and their world. We do this through the collaborative efforts of all members of the Quigley community.

Quigley Catholic High School recognizes that every person is uniquely created in the image and likeness of God the Father, redeemed by his Son and given life by the Spirit.

Quigley accepts the mission to proclaim this good news and seeks to develop a challenging educational environment in which Jesus Christ is encountered in teaching, in community, and in service. As a school, Quigley Catholic is dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and cultural development of its students within a disciplined learning environment. The ultimate educational goal is the formation of a mature Christian who will integrate intellectual knowledge and Catholic faith values to better their world and further the Kingdom of Christ.

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center is an arts, education, and cultural asset for western Pennsylvania and the surrounding tri-state region. Located in a beautiful park setting in Midland (Beaver County) Pennsylvania, the Center is home to Henry Mancini Arts Academy as well as three production companies, Professional, Student, and Dance, and also hosts arts education programs and other events. The Center is proud to be a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

Since the Center first opened its doors in June, 2006, its mission has been to strengthen the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of the tri-state region by making high-quality arts and education programs available, accessible, and affordable for everyone.

Ambridge School District is comprised of 5 distinct communities, Ambridge, Economy, Baden, Harmony Twp and South Heights.  Below you will find links to each communities web page.

Our Communitycharacter

Serving nearly 3,000 students in the municipalities of Ambridge Borough, Baden Borough, Economy Borough, Harmony Township, and South Heights, Ambridge Area is the largest school district in Beaver County. Covering approximately 27 square miles within the metropolitan Pittsburgh area, the district’s ideal location allows its residents to easily avail themselves to the region’s vast academic, business, cultural, entertainment, and recreational resources, as well as to the homes of world championship sports teams. Additionally, the district is within a short commute to the Pittsburgh International Airport, numerous major shopping areas, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike as well as other interstates.


Our Academic Program
With over 200 dedicated, experienced, and highly qualified administrators and teachers, the Ambridge Area School District takes pride in meeting the needs of all learners from the advanced to the challenged through a rich, seamless curriculum emphasizing high academic standards and expectations. Advanced placement, GATE, enrichment, regular, technology, vocational, JROTC, and learning and emotional support classes are among district offerings. Additional specialized learning opportunities are available through the OJT (on-the-job training) program as well as the partnership with the Beaver County Area Vocational Technical School. The district is renowned for its Fine Arts program which encompasses a wide array of choral, drawing, and instrumental courses in virtually all grade levels. With seventy percent of its graduates continuing their studies on the college/university level, Ambridge Area alumni are represented among the military academies, our nation’s finest colleges and universities, the armed forces, and the professions.


Our Extracurricular and Athletic Programteamwork
The Ambridge Area School District believes a program of extracurricular and athletic activities should complement the district’s academic program. As such, scores of extracurricular clubs and organizations ranging from academic games to yearbook, each under the sponsorship of a faculty moderator, fulfill the interests and budding talents of all students within the district. With interscholastic offerings in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling, as a well as a club offering in ice hockey, the district is a strong competitor in WPIAL (Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic League) and enjoys being home to the 2005 AAA state championship softball team, and numerous individual all-state champions in their respective sports. Having marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2004, at Disney World on several occasions, and in numerous cities in North American and Europe, our nearly 300-strong band has earned a long and strong reputation for the quality of its performances. Similarly, our very unique and highly entertaining Steel Drums Band, having played across the country at various professional organizations’ conferences, is in constant demand for local civic, educational, and private performances.


Our Facilities
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The district is served by three elementary schools, a junior high school consisting of grades 7 and 8, and a senior high school. Two of the three elementary schools have been built within the last five years with the third having been renovated and expanded during the same time period. Our new high school was recently built and opened in January 2008. The junior high school has seen extensive capital renovations over the last several years. The district administration is housed in a separate facility as is the central receiving. Extensive capital improvements are planned for the stadium which has recently been fitted with artificial turf. The district is home to one of the largest athletic field houses in the area which regularly, along with the stadium, becomes the site of postseason interscholastic competition. 

Ambridge Boro -  http://www.ambridgeboro.org/

Economy Borough -  http://www.economyborough.org/

Baden -  http://www.badenpa.gov/

Harmony Twp - http://harmonytwp.org/

South Heights - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Heights,_Pennsylvania  (population is a little over 500 people)

Central Valley is a newly established school district when Monaca and Center merged.  The new district is comprised of Center Twp, Monaca Boro and Potter Twp.

Located in central Beaver County, and bounded by the northern-most point of the Ohio River, Central Valley School District serves the communities of Center Township, Potter Township, and Monaca Borough. The Central Valley School District provides a high quality of living for its residents and levies one of the lowest taxation rates in Beaver County. Sitting in the heart of the commercial business and industry sector in Beaver County, and providing top-notch educational services through our reputable school system, we consider ourselves an attractive area to raise a family. Over 2400 students attend our schools in grades K-12. Our facilities include Center Grange Primary School (K-2), Todd Lane Elementary School (3-5), Central Valley Middle School (6-8), and Central Valley High School (9-12).

The Central Valley School District was established in 2009 through a voluntary merger between the Center Area School District and the Monaca School District. We represent the first and only voluntary merger in the Commonwealth. After conducting two independent feasibility studies, the Boards of Education exercised their civic responsibility to create a stable, more efficient, and academically viable school system for all. After nearly three years of analyzing the studies, the Center-Monaca merger was jointly approved in September of 2008. In 2009-2010, the Elementary grades (K-5) were merged, and in 2010-2011 the secondary grades (6-12) were merged. The Center Trojans and the Monaca Indians competed athletically as separate entities during the 2009-2010 school year, and competed as the Central Valley Warriors for their inaugural season in 2010-2011

Quaker Valley School District is one of the most highly sought after districts in the area.

 

Quaker Valley School District is located along the Ohio River 12 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Residents have easy access to major highways and Pittsburgh International Airport.

Our community is diverse, including various ethnic, racial and socioeconomic populations. Our stable population includes third and fourth generation Quaker Valley families, as well as those who have come to us not only from other states, but also from other countries. We embrace this diversity as an opportunity for cultural understanding and exchange. As a result, our schools mirror the cohesive, small-town atmosphere of the community they serve.

We are a small district with a reputation for quality. School and class sizes allow for a personal approach to instruction. Quaker Valley recognizes that it takes a cumulative experience of excellence to produce students who will be internationally competitive. To that end, an innovative curriculum challenges all students to excel as independent thinkers and learners, and gives each the support and incentive to do so successfully.

We are honored to have had all four of our schools selected for National Blue Ribbon Awards of Excellence.  

All Quaker Valley schools exceeded the state's achievement and growth standard of 70% for 2012-13. Our academic performance scores are: Edgeworth Elementary: 81.4; Osborne Elementary: 88.1; Quaker Valley Middle School: 93.8; Quaker Valley High School: 93.2. Scores are based upon achievement and growth on the PSSA and/or Keystone exams; graduation, promotion, and attendance rates; as well as participation and/or performance on the PSAT, SAT, ACT, NOCTI and Advanced Placement courses.

The 2013 Pittsburgh Business Times Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools ranked Quaker Valley School District 8th out of 105 public school districts in western Pennsylvania and 27th out of 500 school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Quaker Valley High School was one of 28 schools in Pennsylvania and only six in Allegheny County to be listed among America’s Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post in 2013.  

U.S. News and World Report, ranking the best public high schools in America, placed Quaker Valley High School at 14th among Pennsylvania's 687 high schools and 645th out of more than 21,000 public high schools nationwide in 2013.

The National Music Makers Foundation, a partnership of leading music and educational organizations, cited Quaker Valley as one of the "Best Communities for Music Education" for a ninth consecutive year in 2013.

Three Quaker Valley teachers were named semi-finalists and one a finalist for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year 2011.

On the 2012 SAT, Quaker Valley high school students far outpaced their state and national peers, earning an average score of 532 in reading, 535 in math, and 523 in writing for an average composite score of 1590.

Quaker Valley's graduation rate in 2012 was 96.62% and the attendance rate was 96.1, far exceeding the Pennsylvania Department of Education targets.

All elementary and middle school students are engaged in the study of fine arts.  Approximately 76% of Quaker Valley High School students continue to study and participate in some form of fine arts – the graphic and visual arts as well as the choral, orchestral, instrumental and theatrical arts – all through a variety of coursework and co-curricular enrichment.

Computers and technology are used as tools to enhance and facilitate learning and assessment.  In addition to providing computer instruction and at least one computer lab in each building, every high school student is issued a laptop as a freshman for use at school and home for their four years at QVHS; middle school students are assigned a laptop for use while at school; and computer carts equipped with laptops are available to elementary teachers so that each child has access to a laptop during a class period if needed to support the lesson or curriculum unit.

Hopewell School District has three elementary schools, a Jr. High and a High school all located within Hopewell Twp.

http://www.hopewell.k12.pa.us/District.aspx

Hopewell Twp - http://www.hopewelltwp.com/

 

Welcome to the Rochester Area School District! Our school community is unique in that all of our students, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, are educated in the same K-12 complex. This setup allows our students and staff to develop close, interpersonal relationships. The RASD serves the children in Rochester Township, Rochester Borough and East Rochester. We have approximately 800 students in our district.

We are fortunate to have dedicated faculty and staff members who challenge themselves to provide quality learning experiences for our students. Recently, our staff and community collaborated to revise our district’s comprehensive plan. This plan sets our course for the next six years for our school district. We have four main goals for our district. These overarching goals include the following:

Goal #1: HIGH ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: To increase student achievement in reading and mathematics and decrease the achievement gap between the "all" category and the "at risk" category by 1/6 each year within the next six years (2013/2014 - 2018/2019).

Goal #2: SAFE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES: Provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children to achieve academic success.

Goal #3: CREATING POSITIVE RELATIONS: Improve the internal and external relationships within the school and community.

Goal #4: TECHNOLOGY: Increase the technology resources that are available for our students and improve the integration of these resources.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently released the School Performance Profiles for every school in the state.
South Side Area School District is a public school, located in Beaver County, in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania.  The district encompasses approximately 76 square miles (200 km2) of a rural community including the six municipalities of:

Students and Staff

    • Our student population is 1,181 (504 in Elementary School grades K-5; 296 in Middle School grades 6-8; 381 in High School grades 9-12) with 98% Caucasian, 2% minority, 0% limited English proficiency.
    • 26% of our students are at poverty level, as determined by federal regulations for free/reduced lunch.
    • 13% of our students are identifies as Special Needs Students with an IEP ( Individual Education Plan).
    • The mean PSSA scores is 1337 in grades 5, 8, and 11.
    • All three district buildings have attained Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as defined by No Child Left Behind legislation.
    • 100% of our teachers have attained "Highly Qualified" status as defined by No Child Left Behind legislature.
    • The average class size is 22 students per class.
    • The district per pupil expenditure is $9,220.
    • Our staff includes 110 teachers and 7 administrators.
    • We maintain a stable employment of staff with only 1.8% annual turnover rate.
    • We show a stable enrollment of students with only a 5% turnover, as compared to a state turnover average of 10%.
    • The average teacher salary is $55,000.

Graduation Rate

    • South Side Area School District graduation rate is 98% with approximately 110 graduates per year with 70% of our students enrolling in either a 2 or 4 year college program.

Technology Availability 

  • Our district is utilizing a fiber optic network internally to provide high speed connectivity to every classroom, and has internet provided as part of the county wide fiber wan initiative.
  • Our district has implemented a 1-to-1 technology initiative in grades K-12
  • Every student in grades K-5 has an iPad
  • Every student in grades 6-12 has a Lenovo laptop computer
  • Our district is operating a district wide wireless system sustaining over 10 mobile laptop carts with plans to expand this in the years to come.

North Allegheny School District Missions & Beliefs
 
Mission
 
North Allegheny's mission is to educate and develop all students to become confident, life-long learners and responsible citizens within a changing, global society by delivering an outstanding educational experience through a comprehensive array of opportunities in the pursuit of excellence.
 

 
Vision
 
The North Allegheny School District is to be a safe and student-centered community partnership marked by high expectations, a challenging curriculum, and a shared commitment to educational excellence through rich and varied learning experiences.
 

Strategies

1. We will enhance the sense of community District-wide.

2. We will deliver and continuously improve a comprehensive, sequential and challenging curriculum that meets the needs of all students enhanced by a full range of co-curricular and extra curricular activities.

3. We will implement evolving best practices and ensure accountability in all aspects of District operations.

4. We will foster a safe, caring, and positive environment that encourages responsible decision-making.

5. We will focus on being one of the top 100 school districts in the nation.

6. We will integrate advanced technology into all areas of the School District where appropriate.

District Statistics
 
 
State-of-the-Art Facilities
Total number of schools
12
Elementary Schools (grades K-5)
7
Middle Schools (grades 6-8)
3
Intermediate High School (grades 9-10)
1
Senior High Schools (grades 11-12)
1
 
Student Enrollment (2013-2014)
Total enrollment K-12
8,257 
Elementary
3,583
Middle School
1,939
Intermediate High
1,392
Senior High
1,343
Employees (2012-2013)
Total number of employees
1,027
Total number of teachers
602
Average years of teaching experience
15+
% with Masters or Doctorate
66%
Total number of administrators
36
Budget (2013-2014)
Operating Budget
$131,323,918
Millage Rate
17.4039
Per Pupil Expenditure
$15,991
 

 
Report of Student Achievement
 
College Board SAT Exam
Average SAT score (Class of 2012)
1705
% of Class who took SAT
87%
National Average
1498
State Average
1472
Average SAT score (Class of 2011) 1694
% of Class who took SAT 89%
National Average 1500
State Average 1473
Advanced Placement Program (2011-2012)
Number of Courses Offered 20
AP Course Enrollment
592
Number of Tests Taken 1,117
% Scoring "3" or Higher 93%
 

 
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Scores 2012

The following data demonstrates the percentage of students in each performance level that achieved Advanced/Proficient scores on the most recent PSSA exams.
 
Math
Grade 3
94%
Grade 4
93%
Grade 5
88%
Grade 6 92%
Grade 7 95%
Grade 8 95%
Grade 11 85%

Science
Grade 4
96%
Grade 8 
89%
Grade 11 
72%
Reading
Grade 3
91%
Grade 4
90%
Grade 5
83%
Grade 6 88%
Grade 7 94%
Grade 8 98%
Grade 11 94%
 
Writing
Grade 5
93%
Grade 8
96%
Grade 11
98%

  

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