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2018 Scholarship Recipients
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Christine Tran

Sue Ling Gin Charitable Trust Scholarship

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Fianca Nicole Banca 

Alphonse Joseph Scholarship

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Brian Fay 

Campione d' Italia Foods Scholarship

Hello, my name is Brian Fay and I am 24 years old.  I am currently living in Chicago, Illinois.  I work as the billing and reconciliation coordinator at Flying Food Group. I reconcile multi-million dollar accounts to ensure that the billing process is timely and accurate. I am currently going to school online at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in the Masters of Science in Accountancy program where I have maintained a 4.0 GPA through seven course of ten courses.  Upon completion of the Masters of Science in Accountancy program I will pursue either my CPA or a PHD in accounting. In my spare time I am a part of many extracurricular activities such as playing in softball leagues, basketball leagues, cycling through the bike trails of Chicago, and fishing. 

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Zina Darwish 

Delta Airlines, Inc. Scholarship

My name is Zina Darwish. I am a twenty two year old Jordanian. I graduated in June of this year from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Law. Was accepted into the International Affairs graduate program at the Lebanese American University, which I will be starting this September. I graduated from King’s Academy in 2014, a coeducation boarding school in Jordan.

My aspirations are to build a career working in human rights, both domestically (with governments) and internationally (with NGOs) with a public policy capacity, reforming domestic policies, laws and practices that violate human rights norms and enforcing punitive measures for violations within an international body.

I am especially passionate about women’s rights issues, refugee laws and environmental issues. My hobbies include painting, reading and recycling plastic and glass waste (water bottles, tires, etc…)  into decorative items like chairs, planters, tables, hanging lights, swings and more.

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Muhammad Arsalan Huda 

DFS Inc. Scholarship

I’m Muhammad Arsalan Huda, from Karachi, Pakistan. I’m currently working as a quality & compliance professional with a BS degree in Food Science & Technology working at Gate Gourmet Karachi unit. Along with my job, I’m pursuing MBA Executive from IBA (Institute of Business Administration), Karachi which is the oldest business school outside North America established in 1955. This MBA will help me to achieve my desired career goals, I want to be in the C-suite of company (international/local) in next 15 years, after that I’d go for my own business. The way this program is designed will help me a lot in achieving my goals as the courses focus upon analysis and decision-making skills in addition to advanced leadership training. Besides career, I’m a family loving man, love to weight training to keep myself fit, enjoy travelling & read newspapers. In the end, I’d like to thank IFSA & DFS, Inc for awarding me the scholarship to fulfill my dream. 

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Nathalina Perez 

dnata Scholarship

My name is Nathalina Perez, I am 18 years old and I am double majoring in sociology and psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champign. I am excited to attend UIUC because there are many opportunities for me to continue my education. Thank you again! 

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Amanda Myles 

Gourmet Foods Scholarship

My name is Amanda Myles, and I am from Douglasville, Ga. I am a Senior attending Auburn University, and I am majoring in Biomedical Science. I plan on attending medical school next Fall. I am interested in general surgery as well as orthopedic surgery. Medicine has interested me for a long time, and the possibility that I could dedicate my life to helping others motivates me greatly. I am interested in service and promoting healthy lifestyles, and those passions are evident in my leadership within organizations such as Auburn University Dance Marathon and Alpha Epsilon Delta. I also enjoy reading, traveling, and hanging out with my friends.

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Dylan Feliu 

Gourmet Foods Scholarship

My name is Dylan Feliu and I am a college junior at Stony Brook University. I grew up in Valley Stream, Long Island, where I attended Valley Stream North High School. Attending Valley Stream North High School developed a love for sports, education, leadership, and the need to always improve and progress. I grew up in a middle-class household with two caring and hard-working parents and a little brother. Due to the fact that I have a little brother I always try to be the best person I can be so because I know my every action is being watched and imitated. My past family experiences have cultivated a love for medicine that I carry with me today. Because of this I am attending and thriving at Stony Brook University as a biology major, with the goals of pursuing a career in medicine. 


Douglas Ronald Karugonji 

Harvey and Laura Alpert Scholarship

Douglas Karugonjo, A Ugandan national based in United Arab Emirates. An experienced Quality Assurance guru working at Alpha Flight Service located at Sharjah International Airport. Continually gaining a demonstrated history of working within the airlines/ aviation and catering industries industry I also find delight in assuring that our customers receive the utmost satisfaction through quality service quality. Fun, social, outgoing and a fan of wildlife and the environment. He is quite the enthusiast and optimist.

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Matthew May 

Harvey and Laura Alpert Scholarship

My name is Matthew Jayson May, and I am from Dallas, Texas. Currently a senior at the University of Arkansas, I will graduate this year with an AgriBusiness degree. During college, I have been named to the Chancellor’s List and have been active in the Student Alumni Association, Alpha Kappa Si Professional Business Fraternity, and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.  While earning my degree, I have also been working toward my goal of becoming a professional pilot. Growing up in an airline family, I developed a love of aviation and travel very early. I presently hold private, instrument, multi engine, and commercial ratings and will soon become a certified flight instructor. As a way to pay it forward and give back to the community, I am involved with the non-profit organization, Pilots N Paws, which provides humanitarian rescue flights for animals. Being a recipient of the 2018 Harvey and Laura Alpert Scholarship will greatly reduce the financial burden of my senior year, and I am very grateful for their generosity. Thank you to the Alpert family and IFSA for their support and help in achieving my goals.

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Sarha Mavrakis 

JetBlue Airways Scholarship

Sarha Mavrakis has been working in inflight services with gategroup for over 9 years. She led the a fourth party logistics equipment purchasing team, and her time in operations was highlighted by her implementation of inventory reduction process, global product launches, cabin refreshes, and establishment of warehousing and inventory control processes to reduce costs and improve service for airline supply chains. She enjoys and focuses her expertise on technology enablement and digitalization of processes that create agility and efficiency for the fast paced airline industry ultimately resulting in a better on board experience for travelers. She is currently working the technology group leading the implementation of an innovative supply chain technology stack that will enable passengers to receiver consistent, stellar service on board. A graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Biology, she is pursuing her MBA at George Washington University. Sarha lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children.


Genevieve Gonnigan 

John and Ginnie Long Scholarship

Genevieve Gonnigan is the Corporate HRMS Manager for the Flying Food Group and Mom of two boys. I currently work as an HRIS Administrator for a major in-flight catering company in Chicago. She is entering her final year at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, where she is majoring in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Organizational Psychology. Her educational goals include continuing studies in Human Factors and I/O Psychology at the graduate level and contribute to advancements in Work Science. 

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Christine Carpenter 

John Louis Scholarship

Christie Carpenter recently graduated from West Forsyth High School in Cumming, GA and will be attending the University of Georgia in Athens, GA in the fall. She aspires to major in Food Science to obtain her pre-medical field requirements and hopes to continue her education at Emory University in Atlanta, GA in their graduate program of Anesthesiology Assistant. Christie spends her free time serving in her local community and hopes to continue to reach out when in Athens. She loves being outdoors to hike, fish, and explore while also enjoying indoor activities such as cooking, bring, and arts and crafts.

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Denise Flores-Ochoa 

King Nut Companies Scholarship

My name is Denise Flores-Ochoa. I am a first generation college student and the only child of two immigrant parents: a father who began working in the strawberry fields and worked his way up to success and a mother who dedicates her time to caring for foster children, both sharing the dream of giving their daughter a better life. I enjoy volunteering in my community especially with children dealing with trauma. I also enjoy participating in self-care that includes dancing, being out in nature, and spending time with family and friends. Thank you for being a part of my journey and contributing to my parents and I’s dream.

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Sachindra Sanamvenkata 

LSG Group Scholarship

Hello! My name is Sachindra, and I am a junior at Vanderbilt University studying Medicine, Health, and Society. With IFSA's help, I have been able to make pursuing a career in medicine more affordable. I am going to become a top-notch oncologist all while learning how today's world shapes our society's health. I've recently focused my attention towards studying the accessibility to health care and the subsequent costs of accessing care. I envision a world in which people from all walks of life have access to top-notch care because every life matters and deserves a chance to receive care.

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Vivian Do

LSG Group Scholarship

My name is Vivian, and this fall, I will start my second (and last!) year at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. I will graduate with a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology and a certificate in Climate & Health. Epidemiology is the study of health determinants and disease distribution with a focus on prevention. My future goal is to research how air pollution negatively impacts population health and to identify strategies to prevent poor health outcomes, especially among marginalized communities. Beyond school, I enjoy wandering NYC, reading outside on a sunny day, and spending time with loved ones. As a first-generation college student, I am honored to receive the 2018 LSG Group Scholarship.

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Matthew Ball 

McGuire & Associates Scholarship

My name is Matthew Igo Ball, and I am currently completing a Master of Business Administration at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. I have worked for dnata catering for five years in a range of roles, most significantly within human resources and customer service. I am currently a Customer Service Manager for this great organisation. My passion for aviation has provided me with a great exposure to many different areas of the business and industry. I love to learn and gain new knowledge, and I am able to instantaneously apply what I am learning at university to my work. I am of Papua New Guinean and Australian heritage and through my work and study achievements, I aim to motivate others in showing them that they can achieve anything if they believe it is possible, no matter the circumstance. I have come a long way on my journey and I am excited by how far I still have to go.

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Yasser Fathi Iselim Odeh

Michael J. Devine Memorial Scholarship

Hi, I am Yasser Odeh, I was born and raised in Italy where I actually live, but I have Palestinian origins. I am a fifth-year medical student at the University of Pavia, one of the oldest Universities in the world. I have a great passion for science subjects since I was a child and I always thought about studying medicine. I’d like to thank Ms Rosalie Devine for her generous donation towards my education, I am very honored to be chosen for this scholarship. With the help of this great prize, I can continue to broaden my horizons and expand my knowledge with less financial burden.

In October I will start my last year at the Medical School. After graduation I would like to take part into a voluntereering project in Uganda or in Kenya where I could offer my help in local hospitals where there is a great lack of medical staff. My dream is to become a great doctor and one day to come back to Palestine where I hope to open my own medical clinic. I will continue to work hard to achieve this goal.


Kelly Carpenter 

Oakfield Farms Solutions Scholarship

My name is Kelly Carpenter and I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin- Madison this year. I’m from Atlanta, Georgia and want to pursue a career in sports marketing here once I graduate. I am studying Communication Sciences and Rhetorical studies with a minor in Digital Studies at school, where I also work for the University’s Athletic Department. Thanks to IFSA for helping me make my educational and career goals possible with this generous scholarship. 

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Gianna Sarli 

Southwest Airlines Scholarship

My name is Gianna Sarli and I am from Addison, Illinois. This year I will be a sophomore at the University of Iowa majoring in psychology with a disability studies certificate. I feel very fortunate to be able to attend the University of Iowa and take advantage of the countless opportunities available to students. In addition to my academics I am involved in organizations such as Dance Marathon (a Miracle Network Organization), Delta Zeta Sorority, and Quidditch Club. I am very grateful to Southwest Airlines and the IFSA board for awarding me this generous scholarship.

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Ruben Jimenez

Sue Ling Gin Charitable Trust Scholarship

My name is Ruben Jimenez. I am a 19 year old sophomore at John Jay College of Criminal Justice majoring in criminal justice. Since high school I had a passion to pursue a career in law enforcement which led me to John Jay. Additionally, that passion led me to pursue a career with the New York City Police Department. With hard work, dedication, and organization I was able to complete the hiring process to become an NYPD Cadet, which I will start this August. With the very generous help from the IFSA, and the NYPD, I aspire to one day use my skills and talents to make the City of New York an even safer place to live.


Kelly Bucher 

United Airlines Scholarship

My name is Kelly Bucher, I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I majored in Spanish and Mass Communications. In the Fall, I will be starting my first year at Roosevelt University in Chicago for my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I hope to one day have my own practice where I provide counseling services in English and in Spanish. Spanish is very near and dear to my heart and plays a huge role in my life so my goal is to incorporate it into my career as counselor. Right now, I am writing this from my apartment in Buenos Aires where I am interning with a clinic that treats men, women and children suffering from eating disorders! I have always had an interest in eating disorders so this internship was a perfect way to combine my passion for mental health and Spanish. I cannot wait to apply what I’ve learned here to my future counseling practice and language skills.

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Riley Young 

WESSCO International Scholarship

Riley Young is the 18 year old son of Heather and Andy Young. He is an honors graduate of Hernando High School in Hernando, Ms. He is the 2018 Lead Actor winner at the Memphis Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards. He is also a 2018 finalist at the Jimmy Awards, the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City. He will be attending the University of Memphis for a BFA in Musical Theatre.   His hope is the one day appear in a musical on Broadway.  He would like to thank IFSA, his parents, and especially his grandfather, Larry Sutton, who has been a pilot for over 50 years

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Devin Murphy 

White Toque Scholarship

Devin Murphy is 18 years old and is from Lynbrook, NY. He graduated from Lynbrook High School in June of 2018.  At Lynbrook High School, Devin was a member of the National Honor Society and the Chess, Italian and History Cubs.  On the weekends in the Fall and Spring Devin volunteered with the local soccer organization, Top soccer teaching children with disabilities how to play the game.  In the summer Devin works as a cabana attendant at a local beach club.  In the fall Devin will be attending Binghamton University and plans to major in Biology in the hopes to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine.


Abtesam Nassib-gharzeddine 

AMI Scholarship

Hi my name is Abtesam Nassib-gharzeddine, I am attending AIM Aviation Institute of Maintenance since March 27 2017. I was selected as the recipient of the 2018 IFSA foundation award. I will like to thanks all the members for your generosity toward my education. Also a big thank you to miss Denise Poole for your donation for my future. I am working toward my A&P license. I inspired one day to become an Aircraft Mechanic Technician Manager (AMTN).



Andrew Laszlo 

Korita Aviation Scholarship



Hariharan Ravindran

Aire Fayre Scholarship

My name is Hariharan Ravindran and I have an MBA in Finance and currently doing my MS in Supply Chain Management. I also have an undergraduate in Textile Technology. Once I completed my B.Tech, I was asked to take care of my fathers business. But because of my interest in Finance, I decided to pursue my master’s in finance. I gained good knowledge in Finance by working in various fields like banking and accounting firms. Because I have experience in hotel industry, I wanted to start my career in food industry. I started as an intern at Air Fayre in 2016. I currently work for the same company as a pricing analyst and look forward on gaining more knowledge and experience before I start my own chain of restaurants.

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Otgonbayar Orosoo

Gate Gourmet Scholarship

My name is Otgonbayar OROSOO and I am from Mongolia. I have been working in airline industry since 2005 and I am currently working for MIAT Mongolian Airlines as a quality office of in-flight service. From this fall semester, I am attending in graduate school of Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, majoring in Food and Nutrition.

As the high-quality-in-flight- meal- service is one of the main attractions to airline customers,  I would like to contribute to offering the best onboard experience to our passengers after my graduate school. I would like to express my special appreciation to IFSA foundation-Gate Gourmet scholarship award which encourages me to pursue professional career in the airline catering industry.



Ryan Franklin

Gate Gourmet Scholarship

.My name is Ryan Franklin and I am a Junior currently attending Prairie View A&M University, also known as PVAMU, located in Prairie View, Texas. PV is a Historically Black College and it has helped me grow into a beautiful, intelligent and strong Black woman. I am a Sociology major with the intention of being a part of the FBI working in the Human Trafficking Department. By being apart of the FBI, I am willing to put my life on the line for the betterment of my community as well as society. Social Change agents like myself are high in demand but low in supply. I am so grateful for this scholarship because it has allowed me to get one step closer to my dream. Thank you again! 


Hannah MacDonald

MonteVibiano Scholarship

I will be attending Cornell University in the Fall for Hotel Administration as a Freshman. Cornell’s world renowned hospitality program allows students to get fully immersed into their major from the moment we walk on campus. While most schools delay studies in your major, Cornell lets students take classes in their major right away. I will be taking classes such as Introductions to Hotel Operations, Introductions to Hotel Service management, Financial Accounting and more. I went to an Arts High school, where each student was in one conservatory for their art. I was in Culinary Arts and Hospitality, and at first I wanted to be in the back of the house. However, as I went through their program I realized what I really wanted to do was work in the front of house. I participated in ProStart management to test those ambitions and ended up really enjoying the process of creating a restaurant. We won our State Cup in California and went on to Nationals. It was an amazing experience. Cornell is my dream school but it comes at a hefty price. But I believe it’s worth it because I know I’ll be receiving a Gold Standard education in hospitality management. Any scholarship awarded will support my dream education. Some will help pay for my books, but other funds will help me payoff the loans I’m taking to attend an Ivy League school. It will allow me to worry less about taking on multiple jobs during my crucial freshman year, where it more important to focus on my classes. Currently I work at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club as an administrative assistant, banquet captain and as a Hostess for their restaurant. During my time interning there for the last year, I have learned customer service skills, event management, HR laws and regulations, and leadership skills. After I graduate college, I would like to work for Disneyland hotels and resorts. My goal is to first work in one of their hotels as an event coordinator, front office manager or something of that rank. Long term, I would like to work “up the food chain” and eventually be a general manager or VP of some kind.



Amaal Abu Helall Aqrabawi

RMT Global Partners Scholarship

I'm really glad to contact you and thank you so much for affording me this scholarship. My name is Amaal Alaqrabawi; I'm Jordanian, 43 years old, working at dnata Jordan since 2007 in the capacity of HR division Head, and studding at al Zaytooneh University in the MBA program. I aspire to develop myself, my knowledge and my skills to be professional in my work field and to be able to help others someday like you did to me.  

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Julianna Corino 

Ken Samara Scholarship

My name is Julianna Corino. I am a junior at Northeastern University. I am majoring in business with concentrations in Management Information Systems and Marketing. I love to travel and enjoy spending time with my fmaily.

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Brad Corino 

RMT Global Partners Scholarship

My name is Brad Corino. My parents raised me in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania—a suburb of Philadelphia. I have a loving family and a supportive group of friends. Born in 1998, life has treated me very well for over 20 years. My Junior year at Loyola Maryland begins this Fall. I study finance. But I’d like to become a dentist. In addition to my finance courses, I’ve taken a battery of science courses in order to prepare for dental school. Outside of school, I love to run. I plan to run my first marathon this October. I like to think I have big dreams. In 30 years, I want my own dental practice, a nice family, and no health problems. But really, I’ll just want some hair on my head. 

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Sorali Patel 

Delta Daily Food (Canada), Inc. Scholarship

I am a junior majoring in Zoology and minoring in Dance and Plant Biology at North Carolina State University. I am part of a hip hop dance team called "Just Cuz Crew". Despite being an ancient mythology enthusiast, my goal in life is to work with animals and give a voice to the voiceless; it is something I know I have always wanted to do. Drawn to being helpful to anyone, I have done lots of volunteer work over the years and find myself overjoyed to simply give someone directions. I want to make even the slightest impact in the world and it all starts with knowledge and the will to do so. 

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Danielle Samson 

Inflight Resources, Inc. Scholarship

Hi my name is Danielle Samson. I was selected as the 2018 recipient for the IFSA Foundation award. This fall I will be a sophomore at Jefferson- East Falls Campus. I am majoring in Health Sciences with the hope of becoming a Physician Assistant. At the University I am also a member of the women’s soccer team. I hope to one day work in a hospital emergency room.

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Julius Ceasar Tinaza 

J.C.K. Scholarship

Hi, I am Julius Caesar Tinaza, I am a second-year Business Administration in Management at the University of Hawaii (Leeward Community College) one of the best school in Hawaii. This coming Fall 2019 I will be graduating with my Associate and I will be transferring to West Oahu University of Hawaii to pursue my Bachelor Degree. I’d like to thank J.C.K for their generous donation towards my education. I am very happy and honored to be chosen for this scholarship. With the help of this great price, I can continue to expand my knowledge with less financial burden. My dream is to become a great Airline Manager one of the best  airline in the industry. I will definitely continue to work hard to achieve this goal for better future.

Again Big Mahalos to J.C.K!


Hani Haifawi 

Service Ideas Scholarship

My name is Hani Haifawi, I am currently enrolled in the second year of the bachelor degree and I study Electronics, Energetics and Automatics at University Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, in France.

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Inés Gárate 

Plastic Products Co. Scholarship

My name is Inés Gárate. I have just finished my scholarship at La Salle Maravillas in Madrid, Spain. Next year I will be studying Architecture at the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid, and in parallel, I will continue with my piano professional program at Katarina Gurska conservatoire. Once I have both degrees, my dream is to work in the future on a field that combines architecture and art, such as building auditoriums, or working as a scenographer in the cinema industry. My aim is to be able to pursue both careers and keep developing other skills I am currently working on, such as learning to play the guitar and working as a volunteer taking care of children at summer camps.
This financial help will get me closer to my goals. Thank you again!

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Richard Mendez

The Roberts Group Scholarship

Hello, my name is Richard Mendez. I'm a non-traditional college student. I attended culinary school after high school back in 2005 and was working in various restaurants. About two years ago I wanted to expand my knowledge of food and started working towards a degree in food science. I will be attending Oregon State University in Corvallis Oregon. I hope to one day use my degree to make a positive impact in my community and how people eat while also utilizing methods that have a positive impact on our environment. I have been selected as the recipient of 2018 The Roberts Group Scholarship. I want to thank the IFSA members as well as The Roberts Group for their generous contribution towards my future educational and careers goals.

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