What do you think of when you hear your name, or the name of someone you know, or a familiar place. What does the name bring to mind that is specific to you? This was the topic that was addressed by special guest speaker, Rebecca (Leonard) Lerch during the second annual high school baccalaureate ceremony.
Baccalaureate is a religious service held at some educational institutions before commencement, containing a farewell sermon to the graduating class.
Lerch is a former high school educator, having taught mathematics for 28 years. She is also a former Newcomerstown resident and a member of the Newcomerstown High School Class of 1958.
Lerch addressed approximately 19 members of this year's senior class that participated in the ceremony that took place at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church on May 19. She also read a passage from a traditional spiritual titled, "Hush, Hush Somebody's Callin' My Name."
The Newcomerstown High School Band and Choir presented the prelude and several other musical selections for the event. Rev. Kenneth Hacker, of St. Paul Lutheran Church, provided the invocation.
A special pipe organ and piano duet was played by Miriam Stein and Chris Hughes. Amber Emler read a passage titled, "Success."
Newcomerstown High School Principal Tim Sherman offered a special prayer for the class.
A reception was held in the St. Paul Fellowship Hall following the ceremony.
Senior class members attending the ceremony were: Elizabeth Beall, Katherine Dyer, Amber Emler, Ethan Everhart, Aeriel Green, Alexys Gribble, Kennedy Hensley, Kelsie Hinds, Allie Hinton, Coy Johns, Nathan Machan, Quinton McCune, Tess Mozena, Brooke Norman, Carter Parks, Brady Rogers, Chandler Shryock, Katelin Stringer and Shae Taylor.