Academic Reinforcement (Athletes)

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  • English, History, Math, Science
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Providing support and guidance for outside of the classroom to enhance subject matter and ensure mastery of content.

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Acrylics

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  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle School Acrylic is an introduction to opaque acrylic painting. Major emphasis is on experiencing a variety of techniques and creating composition through observation. Students will learn to find their own style when using acrylic and create multiple acrylic projects during the semester.

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ACT Prep: English, Reading, and Writing

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  • English, Life Application
Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th

The ACT Prep Class is designed to prepare students (10-12th graders) to take the ACT by equipping them with skills and test-taking strategies to improve their score. The class will cover content and strategies for English, Reading, and the optional essay.

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Advanced PE

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  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

During this course students will be familiarized with all physical components of fitness. Once students have mastered the components, they will be challenged to create different ways to practice the components (team sports, HIIT training, aerobics, etc.).

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Art

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  • Fine Arts
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This is a general art class where students learn a variety of different mediums and art techniques, while encouraging to strengthen their creativity and love for art. Please note that students are not permitted to repeat the course once they have earned the credits.

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Art & Science of Agriculture

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  • Science, Trade
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course will foster the wonder and amazement of how people use the God’s miracle of nature to clothe and feed the world. Using hands-on approaches, students will learn the basic principles of agriculture as related to the environment, natural resources, and food science. Students will also learn the history of agriculture to garner a better understanding of current agriculture practices. Quizzes and projects will be the primary tools of assessment with limited homework. Participation in FFA is encouraged, but not required.

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Astronomy

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  • STEM, Science
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Since creation, humans have been fascinated with the stars, planets, and the universe that surrounds us. This course introduces students to the study of astronomy as well as how our universe reflects God’s glory. Topics include the history and development of astronomy, basic scientific laws of motion and gravity, and the concepts of modern astronomy. Students also examine the life of stars, the properties of planets, and the exploration of space. This elective is more academically based with a limited workload required outside of class.

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Baking and Cooking Basics

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  • Life Application, Trade
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn the basics around the home, specifically the kitchen. They will begin the course by creating a class recipe book consisting of their favorite appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts, and then learn the basics of cooking and baking.

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Basketball Skills

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  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Want to improve your basketball skills? We will focus on drills and game like situations to get better and faster. We will work on dribbling, passing, shooting, and putting these skills into game like situations.

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Boss Club

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  • Life Application, Trade
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Have you ever had an idea you thought would be great to pitch on Shark Tank?! This class is designed to teach you the basics of entrepreneurship through actually creating a small business over the course of a semester. We will understand what it means to be an entrepreneur and learn the process for selecting, designing, starting, and growing your business. We will also develop a well-rounded Biblical worldview of business and how God uses entrepreneurship for His Kingdom.

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Boss Club

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  • Life Application, Trade
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Have you ever had an idea you thought would be great to pitch on Shark Tank?! This class is designed to teach you the basics of entrepreneurship through actually creating a small business over the course of a semester. We will understand what it means to be an entrepreneur and learn the process for selecting, designing, starting, and growing your business. We will also develop a well-rounded Biblical worldview of business and how God uses entrepreneurship for His Kingdom.

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Boss Club 2

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  • Life Application, Trade
  • Prerequisite: Boss Club
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

A continuation of Boss Club for students who want to continue adding to their business concept from Semester 1.

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Boss Club 2

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  • Life Application, Trade
  • Prerequisite: Boss Club
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

A continuation of Boss Club for students who want to continue adding to their business concept from Semester 1.

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Chess

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  • History, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

A beginners introduction to Chess, including history, notation and essential strategy.

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Childrens’ Ministry

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  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn to cultivate a heart for serving the children in their local churches. They will develop the skills needed to create and present short Bible lessons, games, worship, and Bible memory activities for pre-k and elementary students. We will even be able to use these skills to minister to our own elementary students here at GCS!

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Christian Development

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  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course exposes students to foundational principles of discipleship as found in both the Old and New Testaments. Students will grow in their understanding of the gospel, their identity in Christ, and the call of the Great Commission.

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Classical Dance & Ballet (Girls)

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  • Fine Arts, PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Expose students to the classical foundations and techniques associated with ballet and familiarize them with some of the aspects of the fine arts. Teaches dance as a discipline with correct form, stretching to enhance muscle flexibility and proper engagement of fine motor skills.

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Creative Writing II

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  • English
  • Prerequisite: Creative Writing
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

A continuation of the creative writing elective from first semester. Anyone can join, but we would be adding to the short stories already begun and then moving into poetry writing. This is a 4-day per week course.

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Debate

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  • English, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Do you enjoy “arguing” in the good sense of the term? Do you enjoy thinking logically, and making or refuting cases point by point? Do you simply want practice in public speaking and clear communication? Do you want to learn how to be more persuasive? Debate may be the elective for you!

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Early Release

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Grades: 11th, 12th

Students in the 11th or 12th grade who are in good academic, attendance, and disciplinary standing may apply for the privilege of signing out early in lieu of an elective. This requires a parental signature on the appropriate form and administrative approval.

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F.I.T: Fun Intense Training (Girls)

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  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle School Girls, we are going to get moving using music inspired workouts, high intensity interval training, Yoga, Pilates, and more. If you want to work out, laugh, release stress, and have a blast, come and join us!

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Fundamentals of Football

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  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Learn and enhance your fundamentals and grow your knowledge of the game with a USA Football certified coach. There will be valuable content for everyone & every skill level. Learning will be done in the classroom and on the field in NON-contact environments. Students will learn to throw, catch, run routes, blocking, and defensive pursuit.

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Games of Strategy

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  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Come learn fun new board games or replay classics. Develop strategies while engaging in friendly competition with friends.

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Generation Change

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  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Generation Change is a Dave Ramsey study for teens on what God says about money. The course is taught with Dave via video. A typical class will look like this: You’ll begin the class with a video then open the class up for discussion questions and Bible verses from the student workbook. Also includes daily devotionals after completing the video courses.

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Generation Change

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  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Generation Change is a Dave Ramsey study for teens on what God says about money. The course is taught with Dave via video. A typical class will look like this: You’ll begin the class with a video then open the class up for discussion questions and Bible verses from the student workbook. Also includes daily devotionals after completing the video courses.

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Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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  • Life Application, Science
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will learn of the choices that influence and impact their lives, thereby empowering the students to live a healthier lifestyle with a focus on making good decisions pertaining to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual choices. Health content will include: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health, nutrition, first aid/CPR/AED, alcohol, tobacco & drugs, disease, injury, and poisons.

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Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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  • Life Application, Science
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn of the choices that influence and impact their lives, thereby empowering the students to live a healthier lifestyle with a focus on making good decisions pertaining to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual choices. Health content will include: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health, nutrition, first aid/CPR/AED, alcohol, tobacco & drugs, disease, injury, and poisons.

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High School Cheer

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  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Let’s Go Crusaders! This elective is for the 2022-2023 Varsity Cheerleaders. The HS Cheer elective will participate in planning, promoting, and executing a variety of school spirit activities throughout the semester as well as to work to build and improve leadership and cheerleading skills. This is a 4-day per week course.

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Intro to Sign Language

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  • English, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This is an introductory level sign language course that establishes a novice range of communication skills. This course emphasizes the cultural practices distinct to those that approach the world from a visual perspective.

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Journalism

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  • English
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students that enroll in this class will learn important journalism skills in the areas of news writing, editing, photography, layout / design and other elements of production. They will participate in the publication of The Crusader, the student newsletter.

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Keyboarding for Success

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  • Life Application, Technology
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

In this class students will be strengthening their keyboarding abilities to help set them up for success in our digital world. We will also be diving deep into programs like Google docs and slides so students can have a thorough understanding of all the many functions of these programs and be able to use them as efficiently as possible.

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Military History

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  • History
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will examine the role of the military and conflict in both the ancient and modern world. Students will be tasked to analyze conflicts through a strategic and tactical lens to understand not only what happened but what factors contributed to their outcomes, articulate the difference between strategy and tactics, and understand the role of technology in military history.

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Ministry Through Sports

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  • Bible, Life Application, PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students would learn how to share their faith through their love for sports, what opportunities are available for athletes to be able to minister to others, and how to be a powerful athlete and a powerful Christian all at once.

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Music Appreciation

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  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

In Music Appreciation, students will recognize the development of music from a historical and cultural perspective. Students will study the fundamentals of music and discover basic music terminology, instrument families, tempo, rhythm, form and meter.

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Nutrition for Health and Disease

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  • Life Application, Science
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is a basic nutrition course where students will learn the foundations of nutrition and metabolism including macronutrients, micronutrients, and how these nutrients interact in such a way to support life. Students will learn how proper nutrition supports health and wellness by understanding food labels. The pros and cons of numerous dietary trends and fad diets will also be discussed. This course will have some quizzes and projects.

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Physical Education

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  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

The Physical Education curriculum for grades 6 – 8 concentrates on the cognitive and physical skills required to participate and enjoy various team sports. This involves the knowledge and application of rules and basic skills and the understanding of competitive play and positive sports conduct – all with an emphasis on participation.

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Praise & Worship

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  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Middle and high school students gifted and talented in Music, both vocally and instrumentally, may try-out and participate in the Praise Team. Each week during these team members will help lead worship during Middle and High School Chapel. Please note on the registration form that you are interested in being a part of the Praise Team.

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Prioritizing & Planning

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  • English, Life Application, Math
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

The “prioritizing and planning” class will allow for the opportunity for students to receive time at the end of the school day to work on these important life skills. The class will spend time working with students 1:1 on maintenance for in and at-home work tasks. It will not focus on specific content support, but instead help facilitate direct consultation on how to be organized and prepared for the middle school workload.  Elaboration on planning skills and essential skills will also happen as time allows.

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Set Design

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  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Set design is a course where students collaborating ideas and design/create sets for the GCS drama productions.

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Soccer Skills

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  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Want to improve your soccer skills? We will focus on drills and game like situations to get better and faster. We will work on dribbling, passing, shooting, and putting these skills into game like situations.

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Sports Trivia

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  • History, PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This is a fun and fast-paced elective. During each session students try to answer questions from a variety of Sports both mainstream and lesser known. We use a variety of formats so that students have the opportunity to work on teams, compete individually, as well as against the clock, or just against the other players. Together we have a lot of fun and learn a little bit about the sports we love.

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STEM

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  • STEM, Math, Science, Technology, Trade
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Are you a creative, critical-thinker? Do you enjoy finding solutions to problems? Are you interested in technology and exploring science? If so, you might enjoy taking a STEM Elective class. STEM, or STEAM, will incorporate hands-on engineering design challenges while exploring the latest in various fields of science. If you are looking for a way to be creative and learn about science and engineering, this program is for you!

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The Armor of God Study for Teens

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  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This study by Priscilla Shirer (best-selling author and star in the hit movie War Room) is centered around Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” The Armor of God is more than a Bible study; it is an action plan to prepare Christians for the invisible war around them as they arm themselves with: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit.

Featuring video-driven teaching clips with accompanying film guides and thought-provoking questions and discussion, this elective will offer an in-depth look at Ephesians Chapter 6, provide strategies to develop your prayer life, and nurture growth and maturity in your walk with Christ.

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Trivia Challenge

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  • History
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Think you know it all? You’ll have a chance to prove it in this fun and fast-paced elective. During each session we’ll try to answer questions from a variety of categories including Math, Science, History, Bible, Entertainment, Sports and more. We’ll try a variety of formats so that students will have the opportunity to work on different teams, compete as individuals, work against the clock, or just against the other players. Together we’ll learn a lot and have a lot of fun as well!

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Watercolors

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  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will have fun learning about watercolor and the many various ways to use this fun art medium. They will be instructed on the proper ways to use the different styles of watercolor, while creating beautiful projects throughout the semester.

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Weight Training

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  • PE
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, strength training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.

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Weight Training

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  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, strength training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.

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Yearbook

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  • English, Fine Arts, Technology
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is designed to develop students’ skills in yearbook production by providing experiences in selected aspects of this course. Students will learn basic principles in proper journalistic skills, including writing copy, captions, headlines, digital photography, desktop publishing, and using appropriate technology tools for media production. Yearbook Production supports students’ development as writers, photographers, editors, independent users of technology, and responsible contributing members of the Grace Christian School community. Yearbook is full-year commitment.

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