Newcomerstown High School seniors will have the opportunity to attend the baccalaureate program that is being held for the NHS Class of 2014. The baccalaureate program was a tradition of the Newcomerstown High School students for many years, typically held just prior to commencement exercises. The baccalaureate somehow fell out of favor at some point, and was revived a few years ago. While the program is not a requirement for the senior class students, it is an opportunity for each senior student to be honored and recognized for their academic achievement.

This year's special guest speaker is William Lee "Bill" Russell, a former resident and Newcomerstown High School graduate. Russell is the son of the late William Booker and Mamie Lee Russell.

Russell is an under-graduate of Ohio Dominican with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and has post-graduate credit from Ohio State and Kent State University. He received Management Training from Prince Edward Island University in Canada in 1995.

In 2012, Russell authored a book, "Some Men are Dreamers Too," published by Dorrance Publishing Company, Pittsburg, Pa.

The program will take place Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church on College Street, Newcomerstown.