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Tualatin High School freshman gives up lightsaber after winning trivia battle


TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Ben Caron, a freshman at Tualatin High School, dressed as Darth Vader, was one of the winners of a Star Wars 'trivia battle' at the Tualatin Public Library last week.Fifteen-year-old Ben Caron, a freshman at Tualatin High School, was one-half of the winning team at a Star Wars “trivia battle” at the Tualatin Public Library on Dec. 22.

Caron came to the event dressed up in a Darth Vader costume. While he didn't win the library's costume contest, he teamed up with a younger boy in need of a partner for the trivia contest and drew on the mystical power of the Force to beat out seven other teams for the grand prize.

The format of the trivia battle was three rounds of increasing difficulty. Caron said the first round was mostly generic questions, with questions in the second round getting more specific, before a third round and lightning round that truly challenged contestants' knowledge of the Star Wars movie series.

“It was really hard,” Caron marveled afterward of the third round of questions.

Caron's grand prize for winning the trivia battle included a new Star Wars book and a toy lightsaber, the weapon wielded by the heroic Jedi and villainous Sith in the Star Wars universe.

Having come in costume as Darth Vader, Caron had his heart set on the Sith Lord's lightsaber. But in an act of kindness and generosity more befitting a Jedi Master, when Caron saw how much a smaller boy on an opposing team wanted the toy, he decided to give it to him.

“That was very un-Darth-like,” said Aimee Meuchel, Tualatin's teen librarian.

The Tualatin Library celebrated the new movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with three days of Star Wars activities for all ages. On Dec. 21, librarians said, some 90 people showed up to make Star Wars crafts. About 50 people took part in the trivia battle and costume contest. A Star Wars LEGO workshop on Dec. 23 filled up in pre-registration.

The Star Wars franchise launched its seventh chapter earlier this month with the release of “The Force Awakens."

When the first Star Wars film was first released in theaters in 1977, it didn't even have an episode number or a subtitle. When creator George Lucas decided to make a full trilogy of the films, leaving room for three prequels and three or more possible sequels, the film was re-released as “Episode IV: A New Hope.”

A sequel trilogy and a series of “anthology” spinoff movies was announced immediately after Disney acquired Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars in 2012. “The Force Awakens” is the first of those new movies, with a Star Wars tie-in film entitled “Rogue One” scheduled to hit theaters next year.TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Zack Nell of Tualatin watches his son, Carson, 7, look at the Star Wars display at the Tualatin Library. Carson enjoyed 'The Force Awakens.' He said his favorite part of the movie was the villain, Kylo Ren.