A South Carolina valedictorian’s commencement address sparked wild applause from the crowd when he tore up his pre-approved speech, and instead began reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

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In an apparent act of protest, Liberty High School’s Roy Costner IV ripped up his valedictory speech and began talking about his Christian upbringing and how his parents led him to the Lord at a young age.

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The crowd erupted in applause when Costner said, "I think most of you will understand when I say, 'Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name."

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