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Garland Step Show Winners
by posted 12/13/2018

Saturday, December 10, 2018, 20 teams competed in the Garland High School Step Show.  It was a tough competition with several 1 point differences between places.  The show had a 15 minute late start but otherwise it was extremely well organized with teams competing from California, Oklahoma, and Texas for a chance at a piece of the $1500 purse.  Congratulations to the winners of the Garland Step Show. 


Grand Champions

MOD 5th Ward, Houston


1st Place-Synergy, Lakeview Centenial, Garland, TX

U19 Girls

1st Place-Dynasty, Lake Ridge High School, Mansfield, TX

U19 Boys

1st Place-Distinguished Gentlemen, Lake Ridge High Schoo, Mansfiled, TX


1st Place-YMOD, Houston, TX


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Knockout Stroll Battle
by posted 12/10/2018

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TDSA Fall Camp-
by posted 12/04/2018

Saturday, October 6, 2018, (Mansfield)Lake Ridge High School hosted the TDSA Fall Steppers Camp.  Over 200 steppers, coaches and judges attended the event.  Director of Judging, Randy Baggett hosted a seminar on Judging Protocol for TDSA coaches and judges and Executive Director, Lakendra Smalley, lead a team captain's meeting for all team leaders.  Additionally our national winning coaches lead classes on theme writing, synchronization, precision, complexity/difficulty and showmanship.  Other sessions included effective fundraising, economies of scale, and team formations.

TDSA would like to thank the Mansfield School District and Lake Ridge High School for hosting the TDSA annual camp.



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Season Opener-LD Bell Show
by posted 11/12/2018

Step Show Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the LD Bell Step Show.


Lancaster Tigers

Girls U19

1st Place- Bowie Lady Souljahs

Coed U19

1st Place- Lakeview Centennial

Boys U19

1st Place- Dallas Holmes Boys

2nd Place- Bowie Souljahs

3rd Place- MOD Houston



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TDSA member teams sweep the StageBreakers Step Show
by posted 04/08/2018


Congratulations to the winners of the StageBreakers Step show.  All winning teams are TDSA member teams.

1st Place Boys

Distinguished Gentlemen, Lake Ridge High Schol

1st Place Girls

Dynasty Steppers, Lake Ridge High School

1st Place Coed

Ma'At Steppers, Desoto High School

3rd Place Coed

YT Steppers, LD Bell High School 

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TDSA Teams Sweeps Nationals 2018
by posted 03/25/2018

Bowie Lady SouljahsDistinguished GentlemenMaat Steppers

Texas sweeps the NSA U19 Division. Congrats to our 1st Place Winners.

Bowie Lady Souljahs, Bowie High (Girls U19)

Ma'at Steppers, Desoto High (Coed U19)

Distinguished Gentlemen, Lake Ridge High (Boys U19)

#nsanationals #TDSA #tsta #nsastep #nsachampionship2018

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HYPE Step Show 2017
by posted 02/06/2017

Congratulations to the Winners of the HYPE Step Show.

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Arlington MLK Step Show 2017
by posted 01/17/2017

During the MLK Holiday weekend, the Arlington ISD celebrated MLK's legacy with a host of events including a step show at James Bowie High School in Arlington.  Six of our member teams participated in the competition and had outstanding performances.  Congratulations to all of you!


NBC 5 News Video Link

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Ma' At Step Show
by posted 12/12/2016


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NSA Sponsors National Step Day
by posted 09/01/2016

The National Stepping Association (NSA) will sponsor the inaugural "National Stepping Day" (NSD) on Saturday, October 8th. Step teams and individuals from across the nation are encouraged to participate in the event.

"Our aim with National Stepping Day is to bring awareness to the stepping art form," stated Marquez Jones, a high school step team coach in Atlanta. "We want people to show us their best stepping renditions."

To participate in National Stepping Day visit the NSD website (www.nationalsteppingday.org) for more information and to view the NSD Challenge routine video. Teams or individuals should then integrate of the NSD step into their 30 second performance.  The challenge video will be uploaded to the NSD website by September 9th, so be ready.


Your performance video should be uploaded on or before Tuesday, October 4th at midnight. The NSA will recognize the most creative step submission as well as the team and individual competitors that receive the most votes.  


If you have questions about the day or the competition please contact us at

National Stepping Day will be celebrated each year the second Saturday in October.

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HYPE 5k Challenge and Playday 2016
by posted 08/20/2016

Greetings TDSA Family,


I want to be the first to welcome you back to another exciting season of Dance and Step.  As most of you know, we have incorporated Dance into our competition model; thus bringing a new dynamic to our competition events.  We will have our annual opening meeting in September and our first TDSA event (HYPE 5k Challenge and Playday) September 24, 2016. 

In an effort to align our requirements with our national and other state leagues, we have adapted the Point System for TDSA. The HYPE 5K Challenge and Playday will count as a total of 3 points.  The point system will be explained at the September meeting and in the membership handbook addendum that will be distributed during the September meeting. A registration link for the 5K Challenge and Playday is included below.
Register 5K Challenge and Playday


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GALXC Cheer & Dance Competition
by posted 05/23/2016

The GALXC Cheer and Dance Company held its 1st Annual Competition on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Saner Recreation Center in Dallas, TX. We would like to congratulate Saundria Jackson, Choreographer on a great show. TDSA would also like to congratulate the winners in each division of the competition.

Show Team:

1st Jazzsetters

2nd Royalty

Creative Dance: 
U12-Elementary Division

1st Royalty

 2nd. Reigning Rebels

U14 Middle/Jr Division

1st Fierze Divas. 

2nd Pynk Pearlz

U19 Division

1st Jazzsetters

​2nd  Next Level

U12 Division

1st Pink Pearlz.

U14 Division

1st Next Level

U19 Division

1st Royalty

Stand Battle:
U12 Division

1st Jazzsetters

U14 Division

1st Fierze divas

U19 Division

1st  Jazzsetters

Most Spirit Team:

Pynk Pearlz

Grand Champion


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Congratulations to our NSA National Runner ups
by posted 04/10/2016

We would like to congratulate our teams that participated in the NSA National Championship in Memphis, TN. Teams from Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, New York and South Carolina competed for the coveted title of National Champion. This was probably the most exciting competition of the year.

Of course what many are unaware of is that the Championship weekend is more than just a Step Show. Students are engulfed in a variety of teambuilding activities, cultural and educational experiences. This year the TSTA teams visited the National Civil Rights Museum which is the old Lorraine Motel, the hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Students also visited Slave Haven "The Underground Railroad Museum." There were also a lot of fun activities for the students as well. Students enjoyed an outdoor Laser Tag Camp, meeting other students from across the country at the NSA Social and of course some good old Memphis BBQ. Again congratulations to our members.


U12 Division 

HYPE Divas


AW Brown Lovely Ladiz (6A)

Mary Lillard (5A) 2nd Place

U19 6A

All teams placed 3rd in their division.

Bowie Souljahs

​Lady Souljahs

Lamar Lt. Generals


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Leadership Transition
by posted 07/15/2015

On Saturday, July 11, 2015, the TSTA Board Members met to install new board members and appoint new directors to the organization.  The Board also looked at the Organization's Strategic Plan and modified several components of the plan.  The board tabled the discussion regarding expansion due to time restraints.  Later a general meeting of all members was held to discuss the NSA Conference and proposed changes for the upcoming season.

The following represents the TSTA Board members and their positions.

  1. Harold Cornwell, Board Chairman/President
  2. Marvin Mitchell, Vice Chairman
  3. Vernetta Burkhalter, Secretary
  4. Lakendra Anderson, Treasurer
  5. Demond Halsey, Member


Executive appointments by the Board of Directors

  1. Lakendra Anderson, President/Executive Director
  2. LaDacher Jackson, Director of Training & Development
  3. Denise Rose, Asst Director of Training & Development
  4. Ajuanya Choice, Director of Membership
  5. Monique Booker, Asst Director of Membership
  6. Ashley Facarrazo, Director of Events
  7. Marvin Mitchell, Events Coordinator
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2015 Awards Banquet
by posted 05/18/2015

On Sunday, May 17, 2015 the Texas Step Team Association held its annual Awards Recognition Banquet where over 500 awards were given to students, coaches, schools, TSTA board members and executives who were recognized for high achievement during the 2014-15 stepping season.

Brooklyn Garrett, from Beckham Elementary (AISD), Brittany Given from Barbara Bush Middle School, (Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD)  and Charlene Marvive, from LD Bell High School, (HEB ISD)won Academic Steppers of the Year U12, U14 and U19 respectively.

Sarai Gaucin from Thornton Elementary (AISD), Trinity Wells, from Oulsey Junior High and Kalen McFadden from LD Bell High School, (HEB ISD) won Stepper of the Year U12, U14 and U19 respectively.

The coaching staff of Goodman Elementary, Barbara Bush Middle School and Bowie High School were awarded Coach of the Year U12, U14, U19.

Demond Halsey, TSTA Director of Training and Development won the Executive of the Year Award.

The Most Improved Team Award went to Anderson Elementary, (AISD), John Horn High School, (Mesquite ISD) and Beckham Elementary (AISD).

Martin Weiss Elementary, (Dallas ISD), Barbara Bush Middle School, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD) and Rowlett High School, (Garland ISD) won the Theme of the Year Award.

The Most Outstanding Team Awards were awarded to The HYPE Divas, (Addison, TX), Barbara Bush Middle School, (Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD), Goodman Elementary, (AISD), Martin Weiss Elementary, (Dallas ISD), LD Bell High School, (HEB ISD) and Bowie High School, (AISD).

The Member Service Award was awarded to over 200 steppers, coaches, board members and executives.

Chris Caldwell, Demond Halsey and Lisa Yanigida were recognized for their contributions to the Texas Step Team Association and the Art of Stepping.

Garland ISD was awarded School District of the Year.

The District, State and National Winners were also recognized with individual awards for each member for their outstanding achievement.



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Barbara Bush Step Show Winners 2015
by posted 02/11/2015

5A Division-U14

1st Place-AW Brown, Lovely Ladies

4A Division-U14

1st Place-Ousley Jr. High Divas

5A Division-U12

1st Place-Martin Weiss, Alpha Owls

2nd Place-Pearcy Elementary Steppers

4A Division-U12

1st Place-HYPE Divas


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Desoto Step Show Winners
by posted 01/25/2015

Congratulations to the Winners of the Desoto High School Step Show Competition!!


1st Place-Bowie Souljahs

2nd Place-G-PHi-Smooth, LD Bell High

3rd, Sacshe High School



1st Place-Mesmerizing Ladies-LD Bell High

2nd Place-Lady Souljahs, Bowie

3rd Place-Refined Lady Eagles, Rowlett High

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Over 350 Steppers Attend TSTA FALL CAMP
by posted 10/26/2014

Wellness Class

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 TSTA hosted a Coaches Certification Course and a Step Camp at Lamar High School in Arlington, TX.  The Coaches Certification was attended by 58 coaches and sponsors and allowed all of the participants to receive CPR certification by Coach Grice, Athletic Trainer at Lamar High School. During the all day event students and coaches were given information about Asthma and Wellness.  

A computer lab was also made available to coaches so that they could register for membership in TSTA and NSA.  Demond Halsey, TSTA Director of Training and Development stated that he had no idea that the camp would be this successful and that he will have to consider two separate dates in the future.  Coach Brenda Johnson stated that the camp alone was worth the steppers membership.  She also said

"Mr. Caldwell, I had no idea that there was so much involved in competing.  I can see why the TSTA teams are so good.  My team captains have learned so much.  Now I need a camp just for my team."

Alisha Smith, Team Sponsor stated "I can't believe that TSTA does all of this for just $15. My girls have learned so much. The Theme Writing segment was excellent."

The Camp served over 350 students and all attendees received a hot meal prepared by an Executive Chef.  This is really going to be an exciting season. We will see how the teams put to work what they have learned.  Good luck teams.

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TSTA Annual Awards Ceremony
by posted 06/06/2014

Academic Stepper of the Year

Each year the TSTA celebrates its members with an Awards Ceremony. TSTA is the only league to host such an event. The Awards Ceremony was held at Bowie High School on Saturday, May 31, 2014. O.J. Kemp, Arlington ISD Athlethic Director was the special guest.  TSTA opted to use a voting system to determine the winners of various categories with the exception of Academic Stepper of the Year. Each TSTA team was allowed one vote per category.

In addition to the established awards TSTA also recognized the NSSA Texas National Winners.  Congratulations to our winners!!

Theme of the Year Award Winners

Starrett Elementary U12

Barbara Bush-Top Notch U14

Ma’at of Desoto High U19

Stepper of the Year U19 Winner

Devin Gaut- Bowie High

Stepper of the Year U14 Winner

Essence Parker, AW Brown

Stepper of the Year U12 Winner

Mya Thomas, Weiss Elementary

Outstanding Team Winners

Ma’at of Desoto High-Undefeated Season and National Champions

Martin Weiss Elementary

Barbara Bush Middle School-State and National Champions

Martin High School

G Phi Smooth-LD Bell High-State Champions

Bowie Souljahs-National Champions

Most Improved Team Winners

GES Steppers U12

AW Brown Lovely Ladiz U14

Garland High School U19

The highest honor that TSTA presents to a student is Academic Stepper of the Year.  The following students received the Academic Stepper of the Year.

Academic Stepper of the Year U12

Inez Wiltz- Beckham Elementary

Gabriel McDonald-HYPE Divas

Academic Stepper of the Year U14

Brittany Given-Barbara Bush Middle School

Academic Stepper of the Year U19

Kevin Wang, LD Bell High School

The coach of the year award is the highest honor that a coaching staff can receive. This year the Coaches Award went to the following teams.

Coaches” of the Year Award Winners

Audrian West-Martin Weiss Elementary U12

Winfred Dalcour-AW Brown Academy U14

Chris Caldwell, Darius Simmons, Brandon Johnson-Bowie High School U19

Executive of the Year

Demond Halsey, Director of Judging and Training





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TSTA Dominates National Championship 2014
by posted 04/15/2014

Bowie Souljahs shed tears of Joy

This past Saturday, April 12, 2014 TSTA teams competed in the Annual NSSA National Championship Competition. The competition was held in Wheeling, IL (Chicago) at Wheeling High School and featured teams from New York, Missouri, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois,  and Texas.  TSTA is very excited to announce that our teams performed exceptitionally well in all divisions that we competed in.

Elementary Division U12

1st Place, Goodman Elementary-Arlington, TX  (National Champs)
2nd Place (tie) Starret Elementary-Arlington, TX
2nd Place (tie) Martin Weiss Elementary-Dallas, TX
Girls-Middle/Junior High Division U14
1st Place, Barbara Bush Middle-Irving, TX (National Champs)
2nd Place, Missouri
3rd Place, AW Brown Academy-Dallas, TX
Boys/Coed-Middle/Junior High Division U14
​1st Place, All Stars-Georgia (National Champs)
2nd Place, YMOV-Missouri
3rd Place, New Rochelle-New York
Girls-High School Division U19
​1st Place, Kunfuzion-Georgia (National Champs)
2nd Place, Rowlett High-Rowlett, TX
3rd Place, Platinum Steppers-Missouri
Coed-High School Division U19
​1st Place, Ma'at Steppers of Desoto-Desoto, TX (National Champs)
2nd Place, Crucial Step Clique- Illinois
3rd Place, Infinity-Missouri
Boys-High School Division U19
1st Place, Bowie Souljahs-Arlington, TX (National Champs)
2nd Place, GOV-Missouri
3rd Place, BMD-Georgia
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League Championship U14
by posted 03/04/2014

Top Notch Steppers

This past Saturday, the Texas Step Team Association held is annual U14/12 League Championship.  Only 14 teams qualified to compete in the Championship.  It was a tough show for the judges.  As there was fierce competition in both Major (5A) and Minor (4A) leagues. 

In the 4A Division, the HYPE Divas dazzled the judges with complex stepping and received 1st Placee. Judge D. Simmons said "those girls had some very complex steps for such young girls." However, in the 5A division the Top Notch  Steppers of Barbara Bush overwhelmed the judges with the top package.  The Top Notch Steppers won in the Girls Division and they also received the highest score of any team.  Below are the winners:

Minor League (4A)

1st Place. HYPE DIVAS-Dallas
2nd Place. Anderson Gators-Arlington

Minor League (4A)

1st Place-Ousely Junior High-Arlington

Major League (5A)
1st Place-Starrett Steppers-Arlington
2nd Place-Martin Weiss-Dallas

Major League (5A)

1st Place-Barbara Bush Middle-Irving
2nd Place-AW Brown -Dallas

Congratulations to the Winners.

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by posted 02/03/2014

On Saturday, February 1, 2014 Bowie, Lamar and Martin High Schools hosted the Arlington Mega Stomp Fest at Martin High School.  There were 11 teams and 3 special performances by the Lamar and Martin Drill Teams and the Martin Chamber Singers sang the National Anthem.  There were a total of 5 categories in both divisions.

The YLPA Steppers (John Horn High) dazzled the crowd with a great routine which propelled them to first place in the girls division (4A).  Also, Lakendra Anderson, who was judging the show said that she was very impressed with the progress that Theta Nu, Garland High School had made.  Given the dynamics of the current season it was a well attended competition.  Congratulations to all the Winners!

Minor League (4A)
1st Place---YLPA Steppers, John Horn High School
2nd Place---Kappa Psi, Stony Point High School

1st Place----Sasche Showstoppers, Sasche High School
2nd Place----Silver Steppers, Nimitz High School

Major League (5A)
1st Place----Refined Lady Eagles, Rowlett High School
2nd Place----Mesmerizing Ladies, LD Bell High School

1st Place----G-Phi-Smooth, LD Bell High School

1st Place---Ma'at Steppers, Desoto High School
2nd Place---Theta Nu, Garland High School
3rd  Place---Blu Psi, North Crowley High School

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Mesmerizing Ladies of LD Bell Win Ma'at Step Show
by posted 12/15/2013

The Ma'at Step Show (U19) held at Desoto High School on December 14, 2013 opened with a powerful performance from G-Phi-Smooth.  There were great performances throughout the night including peformances from minor league teams such as John Horn and Irving Nimitz.  The TSTA would like to congratulate the winners.

Minor League (4A) 

1st Place Girls----YLPA-John Horn High School
1st Place Coed-- Silver Steppers-Irving Nimitz High School

Major League (5A)

1st Place Girls--MLS-LD Bell High School
2nd Place Girls--Lady Lieutenants-Lamar High School
3rd Place Girls--Lady Souljahs-Bowie High School

1st Place Boys--Bowie Souljahs-Bowie High School
2nd Place Boys--G-Phi-Smooth-LD Bell High School

1st Place
Coed--LeMieux Steppers
2nd Place Coed--Martin Unprecented Steppers-Martin High School


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by posted 12/02/2013

Hannah's Socks is a non-profit organization focused on providing clothing necessities to the less fortunate. Hannah's Socks collects donated materials in the form of men's, women's and children's socks and undergarments, then leverages partnerships with local shelters for distribution to both the homeless and to victims of domestic violence. In addition, they support programs serving under-privileged children. Hannah's Socks firmly believes that in a country as prosperous as the United States, no man, woman or child should want for something as basic as a warm pair of socks.

Today begins the official start of the TSTA's annual sock drive.  Last year TSTA teams collected over 600 pairs of socks. The 
TSTA has held a organization wide sock drive for the past 4 years.  This year the goal of TSTA is to collect over 1,000 pairs of socks that will be donated to local charities. 

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Congratulations to StompZilla Winners
by posted 11/17/2013

The TSTA would like to congratulate the member teams that competed and placed in the StompZilla Step Show at Garland High School last night.  

Grand Champions

The Bowie Souljahs, Bowie High School (Arlington, TX)

1st Place Winners

BOYS/COED----G-Phi-Smooth, LD Bell High School (Hurst, TX)
GIRLS----Refined Lady Eagles, Rowlett High School (Rowlett, TX)

2nd Place Winners

GIRLS----The Mesmerizing Ladies, LD Bell High School (Hurst, TX)

3rd Place  Winners

BOYS/COED---Blu Psi Steppers, North Crowley High School (Crowley, TX)
GIRLS---The Lady Lieutenants, Lamar High School (Arlington, TX)


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NSSA Championship Weekend 2014 - Heading to Chicago
by posted 11/05/2013

The 8th annual NSSA championship weekend will take place in the Chicago suburb of Wheeling, Illinois the weekend of April 11th, 2014.  The event will be co-hosted by the Illinois Step League (ISL).

For the first time in 4 years, the U-14 and U-19 championship event will take place the same weekend in the same city.  Earlier this year U-14s nationals were held in St. Louis, while Nashville hosted the U-19s nationals.  Chicago will be the first city other than Nashville to host the high school division championship when held there in April.

“We are excited to host Nationals,” stated Victor Hicks, an ISL Board member and coach of a middle school team in Chicago.  “Along with a great competition we have tours for student participants of Northwestern University.  It should be an enjoyable weekend for the teams, coaches, and supporters.  We have already heard from teams in Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, and New York City working hard to get to Chicago with step league-generated and at-large bids.”

More detailed information about the championship weekend will be available starting in early December.   To request more information email  .
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by posted 11/04/2013

On Saturday, November 2, 2013, several TSTA Member teams including Starrett Elementary, John Horn High School and other teams from across the DFW area participated in the H.Y.P.E Obesity Walk-a-Thon at Haltom High School.  This helped our member teams satisfy 3 of the 24 required community service hours.

The purpose of this walk was to educate and to raise awareness about childhood obesity, in the efforts to increase daily exercise and eating healthier. Aspire – Haltom High School has collaborated with Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence Incorporated (H.Y.P.E), Texas Step Team Association, and Whatever It Takes Catering and Event Planning to strengthen students’ awareness about Childhood Obesity. “H.Y.P.E Inc. is an official Advocate of the President’s Challenge Program, and Aspire- Haltom High School has joined them to promote healthy living through their Buff Fit Clubs. 
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