THE AI EDUCATOR AWARDS

We're thrilled to announce the Semi-Finalists and Finalists for the first annual AI Educator awards by MagicSchool!   Amongst thousands of outstanding educator applicants embracing AI, these individuals stood out in their contributions to the greater education community. Congratulations to the honorees and thank you to every applicant!

Below we've narrowed down a group of outstanding educators to recognize and select from, the AI Educator of the Year based on community vote. Read on to see these amazing educators!

FINALISTS

Satyendra
Arora
Yew Chung International School, Beijing, China
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Technology Integrator
"By leveraging AI tools, I've personalized learning experiences, adapted content to diverse abilities, and fostered a growth mindset. My students' achievements speak volumes. Through AI-enhanced lessons, they've demonstrated deeper understanding, improved critical thinking, and readiness for a tech-driven future."
Adam
Browning
Washington Leadership Academy Public Charter School, Washington D.C.
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Director of Academic Innovation / AP Psychology Teacher / Instructional Coach
"As an AP Psychology teacher and school leader who has embraced the intersection of technology and education throughout my 10-year career, I have dedicated myself to exploring and implementing innovative solutions to enhance teaching and learning."
Andrew
Davies
Frisco ISD, Frisco, TX
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Digital Learning Coach
"As an influencer on TikTok, I'm not just sharing AI insights globally but also actively driving AI integration locally as a digital learning coach in my school district. By offering countless professional development opportunities in my district, I'm empowering educators to leverage AI tools effectively, enhancing both teaching and learning experiences."
Renee
Dawson
Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta, GA
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Educational Technology Specialist
"I have been pushing for the use of AI in schools for both teachers and students for several years now. I love showing teachers how AI can help benefit the students with disabilities in their classroom and also how it can make their daily lives as teachers easier."
Jeremy
Dudley
City School District of Albany, Albany, NY
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Technology Integration Coach
"As a lead instructional technology coach for our district for over ten years, Jeremy has been the instrumental force for our district in spreading word about using AI in education."
Christopher
Hoang
Los Angeles County Office of Education, Los Angeles, CA
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Assistant Director, Technology Innovation and Outreach
"As an advocate for the use of AI in the classroom and ensuring that our students are not being left behind in this era of digital equity use, I have committed to training and educating educators on the use of AI throughout the County of Los Angeles."
Matthew
Ketchum
Modesto City Schools, Modesto, CA
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Director III, Educational Technology
"Matthew's efforts drive our district's vision to integrate AI technology within our community intentionally. His efforts have positioned us as one of the first, if not the first district in our county, to introduce AI-focused professional development opportunities and to establish AI policies."
Mike
McMullan
Garland ISD, Garland, TX
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Special Education Inclusion Teacher
"At the heart of my mission as an AI Educator within the Garland Independent School District lies a profound commitment to revolutionize how we integrate Artificial Intelligence into education. My work is driven by a vision of an education system where technology serves as a lever for equity and innovation."
Vanessa
Miller
Narragansett School System, Narragansett, RI
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Technology Integration Coach
"My journey in AI education is not just about personal growth but also about fostering a culture of innovation and empowerment within our educational community."
Mason
Nichols
Fort Sam Houston ISD, San Antonio, TX
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Reading Teacher Specialist
"I believe that continuing to learn and grow in experience using ai will help introduce other educators to the countless benefits it offers to help our students. By not addressing artificial intelligence in the classroom, we are doing a disservice to students."
John
Pauls
Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
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Instructional Designer & Professor
"Outside of my national advocacy, as an instructional designer and education/computer science professor, I had the chance to inform AI use and practice at my institution. Magic School AI has been a huge part of my efforts, sharing this amazing tool with all faculty at Jacksonville University and the college of education, allowing me to equip future educators and students with this amazing tool that will help ensure efficient, evidence-based practice."
Shane
Peek
Greenville County Schools, Greenville, SC
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Instructional Technology Facilitator
"Through firsthand experience, I've witnessed the transformative power of AI, particularly through tools like MagicSchool AI, in reigniting a sense of excitement and vigor among educators. AI not only offers the potential to optimize time management but also has the capacity to revolutionize learning by providing personalized assistance to each student."
Lorenzo
Redaelli
ITE A. Gallo, Aversa, Italy
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Teacher and Trainer
"I can proudly say that I was among the first in Italy to have introduced Artificial Intelligence into Education... Over the last year I have trained thousands of teachers in the use of AI in the classroom, providing hundreds of hours of training and thanks to the articles on my blog, which reaches thousands of readers every week."
Jen
Roberts
San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, CA
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English Teacher
"My favorite thing about AI is the way teachers faces light up when they realize what it can do for them and their students. I want to help more educators see that magic."
Tung
Tran Thanh
The Inspire Schools, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Head of STEAM Department
"Recognizing that effective AI education requires knowledgeable educators, I've spearheaded comprehensive training programs for teachers and staff. I've helped prepare the next generation for a future where AI plays a central role, and doing so in a way that is inclusive, ethical, and innovative."
Crystal
Uhiren
Arlington Community Schools, Arlington, TN
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Instructional Technology Facilitator
"I aim to simplify AI education, making it accessible and practical for educators and students alike, ultimately empowering them to leverage AI's potential for transformative learning experiences."
Antonio
Vigil
Aurora Public Schools, Denver, CO
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Director of Innovative Classroom Technology
"Director of Innovative Classroom Technology, a former teacher, and a school leader -- through his multifaceted leadership and dedication, Vigil exemplifies a commitment to advancing AI-enhanced education within the public education sector."
Alana
Winnick
Pocantico Hills CSD + NYSCATE, New York, NY
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Educational Technology Director
"My dedication to advancing the understanding of generative AI among students, educators, and leaders showcases my commitment to the field. My efforts have not only impacted my local district but have also reached a larger, state-wide, and global audience of educators and administrators through my podcast and book. "
Cora
Yang
Renaissance College, New Territories, Hong Kong
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Secondary Learning Tech Coach
"My commitment is evident in the extensive resources I've created and shared globally, aiming to democratize AI education and ensure its safe, ethical use. The prompt crafting guides and collaborations with developers to enhance user experiences exemplify my proactive role in fostering a supportive learning environment."
Kimberly
Zajac
Norton Public Schools, Norton, MA
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Speech Language Pathologist
"My dedication to accessibility and inclusivity in education is not just a professional obligation but a deeply held conviction that drives my every endeavor... I have consistently sought to educate and inspire fellow educators about the vast potential of AI in reshaping the future of learning."

SEMI FINALISTS

Mohammed
Abdel-Fattah Ahmed
Al-Forqan School American Division
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English Language and Literature Teacher
Kelli
Allen
University of Texas/UTeach
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Associate Professor of Practice
Satyendra
Arora
Yew Chung International School of Beijing
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Technology Integrator
Meesha
Arora
The British School
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Economics Faculty - IGCSE and IB
Nicole
Arrighi
Tennessee State University
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Assistant Dean, Teacher Education
Amjad
Aziz
Qatar Science and Technology Secondary School for Boys
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STEM Teacher
Tim
Ballaret
Ednovate
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STEM Teacher
Megan
Barton
Hawaii Department of Education
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Teacher
Shane
Benson
Springdale Public Schools
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EAST Facilitator
Natasha
Berg
Bishop O'Gorman Catholic Schools
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Multimedia and Technology Integration Specialist
Sajna
Bhavi
The Sheffield Private School
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Head of Computing
Nirav
Bhingradiya
G.D. Goenka International School-Surat
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PGT-Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science
Cristina
Blaya Góngora
Institut Premia de Mar
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Engineer
Emily
Breakfield
Harlem School District #122
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Instructional Technology Specialist
Adam
Browning
Washington Leadership Academy Public Charter School
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Director of Academic Innovation / AP Psychology Teacher / Instructional Coach
Janna
Burns
Young Women's Preparatory Network
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Executive Director of Teacher Development and School Support
Amanda
Chacon
Sheldon ISD
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Librarian
Christine
Clark
Cabarrus County Schools
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Professional Learning & Library Lead
Carmel
Crane
The Bay School SF
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EdTech Integrator
Andrew
Davies
Frisco ISD
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Digital Learning Coach
Renee
Dawson
Atlanta Public Schools
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Educational Technology Specialist
Karle
Delo
Ovid-Elsie Area Schools
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Director of Curriculum & Instruction and Instructional Coach
Courtny
Drydale
Broken Arrow Public Schools
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Digital Learning Specialist
Jeremy
Dudley
Albany CSD
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Media Art Teacher/ Technology Integration Specialist
Blasia
Dunham
Northern Lehigh School District
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Technology Integration Specialist
Shylee
Endicott
Hannibal Career & Tech Center
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Health Science Instructor
Tori
Engel
O'Fallon District 90
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Computer Science Teacher and Instructional Technology Coach
Alyssa
Faubion
Bethel-Tate/Forward Edge
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Instructional Design Coach
Karla
Ferreira
Conectando Experiências
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Educator, Instructional Technology Coach
Pedro
Figueroa
Province of Córdoba, Argentina / Escuela Superior de Comercio
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Graduate in Social Communication, Specialist in Education and ICT, University professor.
John
Fricks
Rome City Schools
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Director of Instructional Technology and Communications
Vineeta
Garg
SRDAV Public School
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IT Head
April Joy
Gascon
University of Santo Tomas
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Registered Nurse, Master of Arts in Nursing
Michael
Gaskell
Rutgers and NJPSA
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Principal and Author
Arti
Gaur
DPS International
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Primary School Librarian
Bobbie
Grennier
Pajaro Valley Unified
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Curriculum Math Coach
Chelsey
Hawkins
Seminole JHS & Seminole ISD
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Instructional Technologist
Christopher
Hoang
Los Angeles County Office of Education
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Assistant Director, Technology Innovation and Outreach
Edinas Jere
Jere
Lusaka/Woodford School
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Teacher
Cammie
Kannekens
Prairie Rose Public Schools
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District Instructional Lead
Matthew
Ketchum
Modesto City School
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Director of Educational Technology
Molly
Klodor
Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District
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Instructional Technology Coach
Ilka
Kostka
Northeastern University
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Teaching Professor
Anni
Kumar
Vikas Bharati Public School
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HOD Computer Science
Shane Alexander
Laong
University of Santo Tomas
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Team Leader
Naomi
Latini Wolfe
Troy University
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Sociologist and Author
Katey
Limb
KCSD
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Teacher
Donna
Luetjen
Cornwall Central School District
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Educational Technology Integration Specialist
Maggie
Lyles
Calhoun City Schools
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Computer Programming Teacher
Danielle
Maco
Collaborative for Educational Services
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Instructional Technology Coach
Jane
Martens
Mount Alvernia College
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Head of Digital Pedagogy and Innovation
Mike
McMullan
Garland ISD
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Special Education Inclusion Teacher
Jeremy
Mikla
Ecmecc
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Instructional Technology Specialist
Vanessa
Miller
Narragansett School System
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Technology Integration Coach
Theresa
Montenarello
ISAonline with International Schools Services
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School Director & Founder
Samantha
Morra
The Elisabeth Morrow School
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Teacher and Technology Integrator
Joe
Morrow
Visitation Academy
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Social Studies Teacher and Department Chair
Kristy
Nelson
Fremont #1
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Instructional Facilitator
Mason
Nichols
Fort Sam Houston ISD
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Reading Teacher Specialist
Katie
Nieves Licwinko
Wayne Township Public Schools
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Teacher and Coordinator of Educational Technology Integration
Amanda
Odom
Dayton ISD
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5th grade ELAR teacher
John
Pauls
Jacksonville University
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Instructional Designer & Adjunct Professor
Shane
Peek
Greenville County Schools (SC)
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Instructional Technology Facilitator
Carrie
Peterson
West Branch Area School District
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Instructional Coach & Teacher
Hue
Phan
KDI Education
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STEM and AI Trainer
Filomena
Pizzulli
Sciascia
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Teacher
Rachael
Rankin
Newton Falls Junior High and High School
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Principal
Alicia
Ray
Surry County Schools
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Lead Digital Learning & Media Innovation Facilitator
Lorenzo
Redaelli
Ite A. Gallo
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Teacher and Trainer
Josh
Riturban
Fairmont Private Schools
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Science Teacher
Jen
Roberts
San Diego Unified School District
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Teacher
Kenisha
Rolle-Thompson
Ministry Of Education Bahamas/ Virtual School Bahamas
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Trained Teacher
Ilana
Saxe
The Lawrenceville School
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Chair of the Science Department The John C. Wellemeyer '55 P'18 Teaching Chair for Science
Teresa
Scoggins
Bradley County Schools
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Instructional Technology Coach
Vincent
Scotto
Pittsburgh Public Schools
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K-12 STEAM Coordinator
Yuen Ling
Shee
SJKC New Kopisan
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Educator
Lyndsey
Stuttard
ACS Cobham International School
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Digital Teaching & Learning Specialist
Suffian
Suhail
The Ardee School
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Makers Lab Coordinator
Ursin
Tanner
edtools.io & frischabpresse.ch
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Trainer & Educational Material Writer
Tung
Tran Thanh
The Inspire Schools
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Head of STEAM Department
Wendy
Trusty
Greenville County Schools
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Gifted & Talented Teacher
Crystal
Uhiren
Arlington Community Schools
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Instructional Technology Facilitator
Susan
Uram
Rockford Public Schools
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Director of Educational Technology
Antonio
Vigil
Aurora Public Schools
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Director of Innovative Classroom Technology
Sonia
Wadhwa
Salwan Education Trust
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School Principal and Technology Integration Specialist
Caleb
Wilson
Worcester County Public Schools & Maryland Center for Computing Education
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District Coach of Instructional Technology and Innovation / AI in Education Facilitator
Alana
Winnick
Pocantico Hills CSD
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Educational Technology Director
Cora
Yang
Renaissance College Hong Kong
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Secondary Learning Tech Coach
Kimberly
Zajac
Norton Public Schools
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Speech/Language Pathologist
Yu
Zhao
International Department of Foreign Language School | Guangxi Normal University
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Educator, Instructional Technology
Barbara Anna
Zielonka
Nannestad High School
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High School Teacher / Learning Designer
Carla
de Schneider
Disbone
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Elementary Educator
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