Special to The Hays Daily News

A baccalaureate service hosted by the Ellis County Ministerial Alliance for the Hays High graduating class and their families will take place at the 12th Street Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. May 18.

Louis Encinas, pastor of Hays Christian Church, and Kyle Ermoian of Celebration Community Church -- whose children Larisa Encinas and Devin Ermoian are graduating seniors -- will participate in the student-led service along with Catholic representatives.

Because of Supreme Court rulings regarding the separation of church and state, baccalaureate services are not officially school-sponsored events.

On behalf of the 2008 graduating class, representative Kathryn Unruh formally invited ECMA to participate. The 12th Street auditorium is located at 323 W. 12th in Hays.