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Gaels graduate 120 on June 2; Class of ’13 earns $17.8 million in scholarships

 

Congratulations to the Class of 2013, which graduated on June 2.  The 120 seniors earned $17,788,359 in scholarships to more than 200 colleges and universities across the nation.  The Gaels proudly welcome the newest members of the St. Mary’s/Kennedy Catholic Alumni Association.

Photos from the ceremony will be available online through Lifetouch Special Events after Wednesday, June 12.
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Senior Shannon Donohue received a shout-out from Senior ESPN Magazine writer, Buster Olney on Twitter just prior to the rubber match of the Yankees-Red Sox series:

Photos and Video by Michael Giacalone of The Journal News

Photos by Skip Pearlman of the Hudson Valley Reporter
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∞  Advanced Regents Diploma with Honor
*  Advanced Regents Diploma
♦  Regents Diploma with Honor
+  National Honor Society

*+ Kristen Margarita Acevedo
Maureen F. A’Hearn
∞+ Nicole Elizabeth Alleva
Charles Xavier Asaro
* Schuyler Donald Bates
Brandi Sharice Belin
* Katherine O’Shea Bento
Karen Denise Blanco
* Amanda Rose Boccardi
*+ John Patrick Brabazon
Therese Rose Bradbury
*+ Natalie Marie Burke
Gabriella M. Burra
Annemarie M. Casale
∞+ Brendan James Clair
Emily Ann Clark
* Charles Andrew Clauss
Nicole Elizabeth Collado
Michael Sergio Costa
Eric Dalton
*+ Gabrielle D. D’Amato
∞+ John T. Davin
*+ Maika Leanne Delacruz
∞+ Dennis Matthew Devey
Desiderio Joseph Di Sisto
Megan Elizabeth Dodge
*+ Shannon Devereaux Donohue
Sara Mae Dowd
Kerri Ann Durkin
*+ Amanda Elizabeth Eberle
∞+ Ryan Douglas Empson
∞+ Rachel Elizabeth Entwistle
Mary T. Espejo
Madison Ann Evans
Caitlin M. Farrell
Kyle John Fendrich
∞+ Raymond Thomas Fennell
* Kaela Violet Fields
* Krista Fleck
Kwabena Frimpong
* Shayna Nichole Gaskins
* Daniella S. Gavilanes
*+ Christopher Matthew Gillen
Luke Giordano
*+ David Gomez
Michael T. Gould
Patrice Elizabeth Grande
Michael David Guarracino
* Kathryn C. Halecki
Jonathan C. Hanzlik
* Ryan J. Hébert
∞+ Jennifer Heintz
Max William Henry
* Christian L. Illescas
* Danielle Nicole Johnson
♦+ Hyun Kyo Jung
* Meaghan Elizabeth Kane
Matthew J. Kern
Daniel R. Kinghan
Lauren Hope Kocz
∞ Robert Thomas Kropkowski
∞+ Ryan L’Abbate
Gerd Alexander Lieske
Edward M. Lipowiecki
Meghan Patricia Maguire
Paul J. Marconi
Christine A. Marfia
* Genevieve Erin Martin
Jason Martinez
*+ Kimberly Barbara McCarthy
Ellen Cáile McTigue
* Stephen Gerard Mengler
Kristin M. Micceri
* Matthew Patrick Minniter
* Emily Ann Mittelstadt
∞+ Nicholas Austin Morgante
Taylor John Mulhern
Luis Muniz
Kelli R. Myron
Wyatt S. Nahon
Nicole M. Napolitano
* Chloe Joelle Ng
James D. Normile
* Peter J. Nuñez
Desmond O’Leary
Briana H. O’Reilly
Steven M. O’Shaughnessy
Kathleen H. Palmietto
* Kathleen Elizabeth Parr
Michael D. Perez
Amanda E. Peters
* Alexandra M. Petrullo
Nicholas Psomas
* Samantha J. Rienzi
Michael T. Rofrano
Gabriela Raquel Rosado
* Gerard Joseph Ross
*+ Daniella Francesca Rourke
George T. Russ
Cameron J. Sacchet
* Victoria Santini
* Dylan J. Sartori
* Kevin J. Schoen
Lise Katelyn Schrull
Tyler Edward Smith
* Tyler Xavier Emmanuel Smith
*+ Shannon P. Spillane
∞+ Laura A. Spreitzer
Tianruo Tao
∞+ Justin P. Tinger
* Anthony Alfred Torchia
*+ Victoria Riane Towey
* Anthony Visovsky
Lindsay N. Walsh
Zeqiang Wang
Qi Weng
Zehua Wu
Robert W. Yurkowski
Xiaowen Zhu
Christina M. Zummo
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THE GOLD MEDAL FOR GENERAL EXCELLENCE HAS BEEN EARNED BY: BRENDAN CLAIR

THE 2nd PLACE GOLD MEDAL FOR GENERAL EXCELLENCE IS AWARDED TO: NICOLE ALLEVA

PLAQUES FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EACH SUBJECT ARE GIVEN FOR:

THEOLOGY TO JOHN DAVIN
ENGLISH TO KIMBERLY McCARTHY
SOCIAL STUDIES TO DAVID GOMEZ
MATHEMATICS TO NICOLE ALLEVA
SCIENCE TO NICHOLAS MORGANTE
SPANISH TO RYAN L’ABBATE
LATIN TO BRENDAN CLAIR
ART TO LAURA SPREITZER
DRAMA TO MAIKA DELACRUZ
BAND TO MICHAEL COSTA
PHYSICAL EDUCATION TO NICOLE ALLEVA AND JOHN DAVIN

THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS, WHO HAVE MAINTAINED AN AVERAGE OF 95 OR ABOVE EACH YEAR FOR 4 YEARS ARE AWARDED DIAMOND K’S:

NICOLE ALLEVA
NATALIE BURKE
BRENDAN CLAIR
JOHN DAVIN
MAIKA DELACRUZ
DENNIS DEVEY
RYAN EMPSON
RAYMOND FENNELL
CHRISTOPHER GILLEN
DAVID GOMEZ
JENNIFER HEINTZ
HYUN KYO JUNG
RYAN L’ABBATE
KIMBERLY McCARTHY
JUSTIN TINGER

AN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE HAS BEEN DONATED BY WEINSTEIN PHARMACY OF KATONAH AND IS BEING PRESENTED TO: BRENDAN CLAIR

AN AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN THE FIELD OF ART GIVEN BY THE RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN IS PRESENTED TO: LAURA SPREITZER

INITIATED IN 1986 AS PART OF THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF THE SISTERS OF THE DIVINE COMPASSION, THIS AWARD IS PRESENTED ANNUALLY TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED COMPASSION AND SERVICE TO SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY. THIS YEAR’S AWARDS ARE FOR: GABRIELLE D’AMATO AND DENNIS DEVEY

MEDALS PRESENTED BY THE AMERICAN LEGION, RICHARD SOMERS POST, TO RESIDENTS OF SOMERS, WHO HAVE SHOWN QUALITIES OF LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE, ARE PRESENTED TO: THERESE BRADBURY AND BRENDAN CLAIR

THE SOMERS WOMEN’S CLUB AWARDS A $500 SCHOLARSHIP TO A SENIOR GIRL WHO HAS SUCCEEDED ACADEMICALLY, IS INVOLVED IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND OUTSTANDING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE. THIS YEAR’S SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT IS: SHANNON SPILLANE

IN MEMORY OF JACKIE DACHILLE, CLASS OF 2001, AN AWARD HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED TO HONOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE ACHIEVED ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND HAVE BEEN A PART OF KENNEDY’S THEATER PROGRAM. FOR DEDICATION AND PARTICIPATION, A $100 AWARD IS PRESENTED TO: NATALIE BURKE

AN AWARD OF $250 HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN MEMORY OF MR. AND MRS. LAWRENCE DWYER, TO RECOGNIZE A STUDENT WHO HAS GIVEN OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY. THIS AWARD IS PRESENTED TO: GABRIELLE D’AMATO

A $500 AWARD, PRESENTED IN MEMORY OF JESSICA MARONE, CLASS OF 1992, IS AWARDED TO A STUDENT WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED TO KENNEDY CATHOLIC AND HAS SHOWN OUTSTANDING SCHOOL SPIRIT, DEDICATION AND LOYALTY. THE RECIPIENT OF THIS AWARD IS: EMILY MITTELSTADT

A $500 AWARD GIVEN BY THE PUTNAM COUNTY SAVINGS BANK TO A SENIOR WHO HAS DONE WELL ACADEMICALLY AND WHO PLANS ON PURSUING HIGHER EDUCATION IN FINANCE AND BUSINESS IS AWARDED TO: CHRISTIAN ILLESCAS

THE SOMERS DEMOCRATIC CLUB CIVIC AWARD OF $300 RECOGNIZES SERVICE TO COMMUNITY, AWARENESS OF CURRENT EVENTS AND AN APPRECIATION OF THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN TODAY’S SOCIETY. THIS AWARD IS PRESENTED TO: BRENDAN CLAIR

A $250 AWARD IS DONATED BY KENNEDY CATHOLIC TO THE STUDENT WHO HAS ACHIEVED THE HIGHEST GENERAL AVERAGE IN SENIOR YEAR. THIS AWARD IS PRESENTED TO: NICOLE ALLEVA

THE PRINCIPAL’S AWARD OF $200 AND A PLAQUE, GIVEN TO A SENIOR WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED OUTSTANDING SCHOOL SPIRIT, ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND SOCIAL CONCERN, IS PRESENTED TO: GABRIELLE D’AMATO

AN AWARD PRESENTED BY THE DOYLE FAMILY IN MEMORY OF SR. MARY JOEL, CLASS OF ’59 AND FORMER MEMBER OF THE JFK FACULTY, IS GIVEN TO A STUDENT WHO HAS SHOWN SINCERE EFFORT THROUGHOUT HIS HIGH SCHOOL YEARS. A $250 AWARD IS PRESENTED TO: NICHOLAS MORGANTE

LET’S PLAY IT FORWARD RECOGNIZES A GRADUATE WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED GOODNESS FOR OTHERS WITHOUT SEEKING A RETURN. A CERTIFICATE AND A $500 SCHOLARSHIP IS PRESENTED TO: GENEVIEVE MARTIN

AWARDS ARE GIVEN IN MEMORY OF BRENDAN KELLY, CLASS OF 1993. $250 AWARDS ARE FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE SHOWN ACHIEVEMENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. THESE ARE PRESENTED TO: SHAYNA GASKINS AND HYUN KYO JUNG

THE BRYAN JOYCE MEMORIAL IS AWARDING $500 TO A YOUNG MAN WHO PLANS TO ATTEND A NEW YORK STATE COLLEGE AND WHO HAS SHOWN CARE AND CONCERN FOR OTHERS. THIS AWARD IS PRESENTED TO: CHRISTOPHER GILLEN

THE CARMEL-KENT LIONS CLUB HAS SELECTED THE PAT O’KANE MEMORIAL AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE. THE RECIPIENT OF THIS $250 AWARD IS: KIMBERLY McCARTHY

ESTABLISHED BY MOIRA AND FRANK TOLAN, THE SEAN TOLAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECOGNIZES TWO STUDENTS WHO REFLECT THE QUALITIES OF THEIR SON, SEAN, BROTHER TO THERESA, CLASS OF 2010 AND MOIRA, CLASS OF 2012. SEAN WAS A VERY LIVELY, CREATIVE ATHLETIC PERSON WHOSE LIFE ENDED EARLY AND TRAGICALLY WHEN HE WAS STRUCK BY A CAR. TO HONOR SEAN’S MEMORY, THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS ARE AWARDED $500 EACH: KAELA FIELDS AND STEVEN O’SHAUHNESSY

A $125 AWARD PRESENTED BY THE MSGR. RAYMOND M. COLLINS, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS OF SOMERS, FOR SERVICE TO SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY IS AWARDED TO: SHANNON DONOHUE

THE TOWN OF SOMERS POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION IS PLEASED TO AWARD A SCHOLARSHIP WORTH $750 TO A GRADUATE WHO HAS EXHIBITED GOOD CITIZENSHIP THROUGH COMMUNITY SERVICE AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT. THIS YEAR THE RECIPIENT IS: BRENDAN CLAIR

THE VICTOR RIDDER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY THE WESTCHESTER-PUTNAM-ROCKLAND COUNSELING ASSOCIATION. CANDIDATES ARE CHOSEN BY THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR COMMUNITY, BASED ON AN INDIVIDUAL’S MERIT, COMMUNITY SERVICE AND THEIR EFFORTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THIS YEAR’S WINNER OF $500 IS: JOHN DAVIN

IN APPRECIATION AND WITH PRIDE FOR HIS OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO BOY SCOUTING, THE BREWSTER BOY SCOUT TROOP 1 PRESENTS AN AWARD OF $100 TO: STEPHEN MENGLER

TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF LUCIE BIGELOW ROSEN AND HER DEDICATION TO ESTABLISHING CARAMOOR AS THE LEADING CENTER FOR THE PERFORMANCE STUDY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC, THE OTIS TRUST IS AWARDING A $1000 SCHOLARSHIP TO: MICHAEL COSTA

A $ 500 SCHOLARSHIP DONATED BY THE BEYRER FAMILY IN MEMORY OF DOUGLAS MARK, CLASS OF ’94, RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN LEADERSHIP, SPORTSMANSHIP, SPIRIT AND CHARACTER. THE RECIPIENT OF THIS AWARD IS: TYLER X. SMITH

A FUND HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY THE DUMSER FAMILY IN MEMORY OF CHUCK DUMSER, CLASS OF ’73, AN ALUMNUS WHO SPENT HIS LIFE TRYING TO OVERCOME THE EFFECTS OF A BRAIN TUMOR. EVEN IN MOST DIFFICULT TIMES, HE MET ADVERSITIES WITH DIGNITY AND SELFLESSNESS. CHUCK COMPLETED HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE, MAINTAINING HIS SPIRIT TO LIVE A FULL LIFE. $300 IS AWARDED TO THREE STUDENTS WHO REFLECT UNSELFISH COURAGE, KINDNESS IN HEART, GENTLENESS IN SOUL AND STRENGTH IN SPIRIT. THE RECIPIENTS FOR THIS YEAR ARE: LISE SCHRULL, LAURA SPREITZER AND JAMES NORMILE

IN RECOGNITION OF CHARACTER, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT TO SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY, $350 AWARDS IN MEMORY OF DOUG MARK, CLASS OF ’94 ARE PRESENTED TO: MAIKA DELACRUZ AND RYAN EMPSON

FOR EXHIBITING COURAGE, LOYALTY AND LOVE: COURAGE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT, LOYALTY TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND LOVE FOR ALL AND ESPECIALLY THOSE MOST IN NEED. A SCHOLARSHIP OF $2,000 IS OFFERED IN MEMORY OF MAUREEN McAVOY, CLASS OF ’06 TO: PATRICE GRANDE

THE MARC NAPOLITANO SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP, ESTABLISHED BY ELYSE AND CHUCK WEISENFELD OF CROWN AWARDS INC., IS AWARDED IN LOVING MEMORY OF ITS CLASS OF 2008 NAMESAKE, TO A SPECIAL GRADUATING SENIOR WHO EMBODIES THE CHARACTERISTICS OF RESPECT, TRUSTWORTHINESS, RESPONSIBILITY, CARING AND FAIRNESS – JUST AS MARC DID. THIS YEAR’S MARC NAPOLITANO SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP OF $2000 IS AWARDED TO: KIMBERLY McCARTHY

THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE US NAVAL ACADEMY RECOGNIZES WITH A CERTIFICATE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT AND THE OFFER OF AN APPOINTMENT TO THE US NAVAL ACADEMY WITH THE CLASS OF 2017: JOHN DAVIN AND DENNIS DEVEY

THE COLLEGE BOARD HAS RECOGNIZED THE FOLLOWING IN THE CLASS OF 2013 AS NATIONAL MERIT “COMMENDED SCHOLARS”: BRENDAN CLAIR, DENNIS DEVEY, RYAN L’ABBATE, KIMBERLY McCARTHY AND LAURA SPREITZER

LISTED IN THE GRADUATION BOOKLET ARE THE NAMES OF THE GRADUATES WHO HAVE RECEIVED SCHOLARSHIPS. WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE CLASS OF 2013 HAS BEEN AWARDED $17,788,359 IN SCHOLARSHIPS.
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Heavenly Father, we praise and bless and thank You for bringing us, the Class of 2013, to this point in our life’s journey.  Today we are gathered together to celebrate our graduation from Kennedy Catholic High School. I would like to thank the Lord, our God, Father Vaillancourt, and the faculty and staff who have helped us on our way to this important day in our lives.  Let us pause for a moment and ask God, our Father, to hear our prayers.

Dear Lord, we invoke Your Divine Presence at this graduation ceremony. We request that You bless these graduates and their families. We pray that we continue to feel Your presence and have Your strength with us as we leave for our future endeavors. We ask for Your discernment and guidance as we face complicated decisions, and we beg the grace to grow into the Christians You desire us to be.

Dear God, please bless our teachers as they continue their mission with future classes, and please keep those who are retiring in Your loving hands.  Thank You for guiding us academically as well as spiritually.  We are forever grateful for Your endless devotion and unwavering support.  Thank You also, Lord, for the friendships we have made over the past four years and for the memories we take with us.  Thank You for the quality education we have received, may it guide us in the years to come.  Special thanks to our parents for the help and encouragement they have provided over the years and the support they will offer us in the future.

God, our Father, please watch over us, protect us, guard and guide us, and give us Your grace to persevere to the end. We ask all these things in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Welcome faculty, distinguished guests, and fellow students. I am truly honored to be greeting you all today on this special occasion. I would like to start by thanking the faculty and staff here at Kennedy Catholic for their hard work, dedication, and support. I would also like to thank all of the parents for the love, support, and encouragement that they have given us throughout our entire lives. Personally, my family was always there for me, and without them I would not be the person I am today.

It seems like just yesterday we were entering the building as freshmen, trying to find our classes and make new friends. It is amazing how fast time seems to go by. As a small class we have grown close to one another during our four years here at Kennedy. We have shared many great experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Now it is time for us to start the next chapter of our lives, and to take on new and exciting challenges. As we reflect on our high school years we should focus on the positive experiences we have shared together and the lifelong relationships we have developed.

At one time or another, we have all made some mistakes. Together we have learned from them and they have made us stronger. As you move forward in life, do not dwell on your mistakes, learn from them and move on knowing that our Heavenly Father has already forgiven you. As you experience obstacles in life know that God is always there for you, and be grateful for all of the blessings he has bestowed upon you and your family.

One of the most valuable lessons that I have learned throughout my high school career is that hard work and dedication will lead to success in life. As we grow older, we will be faced with new challenges, and from time to time, adversity. It is during these times that it is essential for us to stand firm in our convictions and to remember the Christian values that were instilled upon us here at Kennedy Catholic. Alexander Hamilton stated, “Those who stand for nothing will fall for anything.” In a world growing more and more secular every day, we must not be afraid to stand up for our faith. Some define true character as doing what is right even if no one is looking. Remember those words throughout your life, especially when temptation is calling on you.

As Catholics we must spread kindness and compassion to others. We must also forgive those that have wronged us and let go of lingering anger and bitterness. Holding on to such negativity will only steal away from our own joy and happiness.

Although we are graduating today from this school, we will always be a part of the Kennedy Catholic family. As a family we will always be there for one another. We will be there to celebrate each other’s successes in life. We will also be there to pick each other up when one of us is down or struggling with life’s challenges.

Congratulations to the class of 2013, and I wish all of you success wherever life takes you. May God continue to bless the Kennedy Catholic family.

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First I would like to thank God, our parents, Father Vaillancourt, and Kennedy Catholic’s administration, faculty, and staff for all they have done for the Class of 2013 and for this opportunity to speak at our graduation.

Wow, who would have thought we would already be here?  Although it’s cliché, these past four years really have gone by too fast.  We’ve made great life-long friends, formed many lasting memories, and learned a thing or two along the way.  Although bittersweet, our time here at Kennedy Catholic has come to an end.  We’ve taken our last tests, written our last papers, and walked through the hallways here as students for the last time.  And while it is sad that we will no longer be together as classmates, I know that Kennedy has made a lasting positive impact on all of us.

The two main qualities that Kennedy strives to instill in its students are courage and compassion.  These two qualities will be of vital importance to us as we make our transition out of our homes, our high school and our comfort zones and enter into the next phase of our young lives.  In the years to come, I hope that we will remember to continue the legacy of courage and compassion passed on to us throughout our tenure here at Kennedy Catholic.

We will need to be courageous when we are on our own for the first time in a new school or job, courageous when we feel overwhelmed by the difficulties of adjusting to collegiate life, and courageous when we are faced with adversity or challenges without someone to turn to for help.   We must remember the words of John Wayne who once said, “Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.”

I hope that we will always be compassionate as well.  We must show compassion to our loved ones, to our friends, to the new people we meet, and to society at large.  We must remember to look outside ourselves and right a wrong wherever possible.  Although over time we may forget some of the things we have learned here in the classroom, I know that the importance of courage and compassion will remain with us forever.

Even though our high school days are over, this is really just the beginning of our adult lives.  We will go on next to college, to professional school, and to the work force.  As we progress on our journey, it is important for us to continue the hard work we began in high school so that we do not fall short of the goals we strive to achieve.  We must remember never to stop dreaming.  We need to remain steadfast and never quit.  When we meet adversity, we need to rise above it.  The quote I selected for our yearbook was from Batman’s loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth.  Alfred rhetorically asks Bruce Wayne, “Why do we fall sir? So we might learn to pick ourselves up.”  In the future, when we “fall”, I hope that we all will be able to “pick ourselves up” so that we achieve our dreams, lead successful lives and attain our personal best.

In conclusion, we are here today both to celebrate all that we have accomplished thus far and to begin to prepare for what the future holds for us.  We can reflect on the good times we have shared, along with our hard work, the obstacles we have overcome and the challenges we have faced.  We gather together for the last time as a class, but look with excitement to the next stage of our lives.  I know that we will make the best of the years to come.  In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  I would like to take the opportunity to tell you all that I will sincerely miss you and want to wish you all the best of luck, happiness and success.

Thank you and congratulations to the Class of 2013!

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