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Though the Vallejo, Calif., native knew he had been submitted for the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program, it didn't strike him odd that two of his peers swiped one of his ABU tops from his room.
In fact, he already had his mind on something else.
"I knew I was submitted," said Maiden. "But I already had my mind set on making it by studying extremely hard."