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Watch student ‘Star Wars’ fanatic challenge his principal to lightsaber duel at graduation

"It couldn’t have been a better way to graduate."



By Jessica Hehir-Smith via SWNS

A student smuggled lightsabers into his graduation ceremony - and challenged his principal to an impromptu duel on stage.

"Star Wars" fanatic Hunter Wark-Pantoja, 18, had an elaborate plan to combine his favorite film with one of the most important moments of his life.

After receiving his high school diploma, Hunter pulled out two lightsabers from under his gown and challenged Todd Clerkson, to a lightsaber battle.

Hunter, from Port Moody, British Colombia, Canada, had asked his principal if he could bring one lightsaber to his graduation but he wanted to surprise the audience and make it a moment to remember.

Clerkson, the principal of Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody, said he was completely surprised but jumped straight into battle mode.

Hunter said: "My principal said ‘maybe’ to me bringing a lightsaber, so I obviously took that as a yes.

"I attached them under my gown so I could pull them out and begin a surprise battle."

(Screenshot via YouTube)

"The whole crowd was screaming and applauding - it couldn’t have been a better way to graduate."

Hunter’s friend Joey Aconley captured the moment on camera.

He said: "Ever since I’ve known him, he was always a big 'Star Wars' fan. Every May 4th - Star Wars Day - he would bring lightsabers to school for battles.

"In photography [class], he would bring his ‘sabers’ and use them as light sources.

"One day we were chatting about doing something on stage at graduation - when he actually did it we all screamed and cheered so loud for him.

"After graduation, he wrote a memoir to always come back to school on May 4th."

The footage was filmed happened at the Heritage Woods Secondary Commencement, hosted at the Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Colombia, on June 18, 2022.

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