October 18, 2017~Year 10, No. 10

“REMEMBRANCE REUNION” FOR BENEDICTINE SISTERS OF FT. SMITH

WHAT: Saturday, October 28th, will be Benedictine Sisters Remembered Day, with a 5:30 pm Mass at Holy Family Church, followed in the Community Hall with a “Steak-Out” supper hosted by the Knights of Columbus and assisted by the Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters, and Youth Group.

Free-will donations will go to the Building Fund at Ft. Smith, that is creating a new home of faith, love, and care for all these dedicated women of faith that graced Nazareth for 75 years.

Everyone is invited to attend and besides the dinner in their honor there will be a brief program and an auction of donated items.  (To donate an item contact Gladys Fortenberry).

REMEMBRANCES:

Sisters taught in Nazareth from 1915 to 1990, sharing their faith with the small farming community and seeing their own religious community grow with prodigious numbers of postulants from Nazareth.

A public school with Catholic Nuns teaching – historic! Public records at the Castro County Courthouse show October 12, 1917 was the first time the Sisters received their salaries from state funds. The sisters were qualified teachers helping Nazareth school to be one of the finest state supported institutions.

A total of 70 sisters were assigned to Nazareth over a 75-year period.

Twenty-two women entered religious life, almost all of them becoming Benedictines at St. Scholastica, including several sets of biological sisters, Sisters DeChantal and Roberta Hyland and Frances Ann Braddock; and Sisters Corinne and Cordelia Lange; and Sisters Adeline and Xavier Lange,

“Sister Adrian (Wewers) was one of my favorites,” said Sr. Mary Michael Huseman. “She wasn’t a coach, but she was at every single basketball game with her rosary, and we always won. They really cared about us and tried their best to teach us.”

During their last homecoming visit to Nazareth in 2012 for the dedication of the statues of Sts. Benedict and Scholastica, visiting sisters were impressed at how strong the ties between Holy Family Church and the Benedictines at St. Scholastica still were.  “What struck me most,” Sister Kimberly Prohaska, said, “was the relationship between the town and the sisters, and that thread is still strong. I was amazed at how this town took the Benedictine charism as their own and gifted us with so much hospitality.”

PLEASE COME TO AGAIN SHOW OUR GRATITUDE AND OUR HOSPITALITY – A number of nuns will travel here from Ft. Smith.

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Sister Adrian

New Parish Website

The new website for Holy Family Parish is now available for use. The web address is http://www.hfpnaz.org. There are two ways to access the bulletin. Viewers can scroll to the bottom of the first page and click “bulletin”. Otherwise, users can hover over the “about us” button and select “bulletin” at the bottom of the list. The mass schedule, calendar, and contact information is also available under the “about us” tab.

The diocesan website is also accessible under the “more” tab. The new parish email is holyfamilynaz@gmail.com.

Nazareth Swifts Play Rival Happy Cowboys

On Thursday and Friday of last week, the junior high, junior varsity and varsity teams faced off against the Happy Cowboys.

The junior high match ended 6-44. The junior varsity concluded with a score of 7-52, and the varsity closed with a score of 34-80.

This week is the Swifts bi week, so there will be no game this Friday.

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Carson Heiman

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Chance Hochstein

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Jacob Moroney and Bryson High

Community Announcements

Marching Band Competition

This Saturday, October 21, the Nazareth High School band will be participating in the UIL marching competition. The band marches at 10:00 a.m. at Dick Bivins stadium in Amarillo. Come watch and support our band as they compete for a place at the State marching contest!

Annual Halloween Carnival

The annual Nazareth Band Halloween Carnival is scheduled for Friday, October 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria. The carnival includes a meal from 5:30-7:30, games at 6:00, and a scavenger hunt starting at 8:00. The meal is $8.

Altar Server Training

Wednesday, October 18, at 5:30 p.m. Bob Birkenfeld will be holding a server training for all 6th graders who wish to serve at mass.

Basketball Season Passes

Fans may purchas a season pass for the 2017-18 basketball season through Monday, November 13, 2017. the pass will cover entry to junior high and high school home games, excluding the Nazareth Tournament. The pass is $48. Please see Mona Brockman or K’Lynn Gerber.

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October 11, 2017~Year 10, No. 9

Local Cub Scouts Attend Camp

On October 6-8, seven cub scouts and five adults attended an Indian lore themed camp at Camp Post. Michael Fulkerson, Pierce Wilhelm, Jesse Acker, Rowan Schultz, Adrian Rios, Jr, Jack Wanjura, Fletcher Schacher, John Fulkerson, Brent Wilhelm, John Schultz, Adrian Rios, and John Wanjura participated in various events held at the camp.

The group enjoyed archery, BB-gun shooting, hiking, crafts, and games throughout the weekend. Some of the crafts included creating an Indian drum and a bear claw necklace.

“My favorite craft was the drum because I got to paint my own symbols on it,” Michael said. “I really liked shooting a BB gun because I like shooting them.”

Cross Country Competitors

Tuesday October 10, the junior high and high school cross country teams traveled to ____ for the district cross country meet. The junior high girl’s team placed first overall, and the junior high boy’s team placed second overall. The varsity girl’s team earned first place, while the varsity team won second place. The junior varsity teams included Laci Backus, Merry Gerber, Kylee Moroney, and Mike Schilderink.

High School Results

Caitlin Kleman-                 1st place                                                              Brady Robb-                       1st place

Maggie Nelson-                                2nd place                                                             Tristan McLain-                 4th place

Emma Kleman-                 3rd place                                                              Slade Gerber-                    7th place

April Schmucker-              4th place                                                              Ryan Heitschmidt-           8th place

Kyanne Dunn-                   5th place                                                              Tate Schulte-                     9th place

Blakely Gerber-                 7th place                                                              Brayden Dyer-                   11th place

Amy Schilderink-              8th place

 

Junior High Results

Mary Nelson-                    2nd place                                                             Iris Schilderink-                 12th place

Zoe Schulte-                       3rd place                                                              Kaci Kleman-                      21st place

Addie Dyer-                        4th place                                                              Tanner Birkenfeld-          4th place

Caroline Myrick-               5th place                                                              Carson Heiman-                                5th place

Makenzy Corrales-          6th place                                                              Sterl Welps-                       13th place

Bliss Betzen-                      7th place                                                              Landry Kleman-                 15th place

Kamre Mask-                     10th place                                                           Payton Durbin-                 21st place

 

Deceased Friend of the County was “Ms. History”

Our noted county historian, Clara Vick, passed away October 2, 2017.  Many at Nazareth recall her excellent coordination of the dedication of our historical plaques at Holy Family Cemetery and Home Mercantile Building.

Honoring her long dedication to Castro County and its historical background, a Memorial Service was held at the Courthouse Gazebo, where nearly a hundred people gathered to be welcomed by Clara’s brother, Johnny.

In offering tributes, Janet Norris Briganee remembered her as the first true business woman she ever knew, and shared Clara’s advice: Always be early to work; always be courteous; and, dress as if you were going to see the Governor.

Former Judge, Bill Sava, led the crowd in singing Old Time Religion, and also sang I’ll Fly Away, accompanied by Jerry Frazier.   The present Chairperson for the County Historical Society, Leta Dennis, read Psalm 23, followed by Sheriff Sal Rivera leading The Lord’s Prayer.

Our local representative on the Board of the Castro County Historical Society, Joan Durbin, recalled a notable event during Clara’s work with the county’s history: The Wagon Train that came through Castro County in 1986.

 

Catholic Daughters

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, a not for profit national corporation, was originally formed in 1903. The purposes of the organization are to participate in the religious, charitable and educational Apostolates of the Church. Catholic Daughters engages in creative and spiritual programs which provide its members with the opportunity to develop their special God-given talents in a meaningful way to positively influence the welfare of the Church and all peoples throughout the world.

Members celebrate the third Sunday in October as a national day of fellowship. They are called to be the counterpart to the Knights of Columbus. All Catholic women 18 and older are invited to become members. The Nazareth Court will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2019.

 

Community Announcements

Friday Night Lights

Friday, October 6, the Swifts faced and defeated the Kress Kangaroos. The final score was

58-0. This week, the Swifts will face our rival the Happy Cowboys in Happy at 7:30.

Public Rosary Crusade for Peace

On Saturday, October 14, there will be a public rosary at noon at the Dimmitt Courthouse lawn to pray for peace in our world and to memorialize the 100th anniversary of the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Everyone is invited to attend.

Vein Drain

Nazareth will host a blood drive on October 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Community Hall.

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October 4, 2017~Year 10, No. 8

Small Businesses

MO’s –Matt Olvera

When did you start this business?

I opened on November 1, 2016

Why?

I thought that this was a business that the community needs to run smoothly.

What are some of the struggles of running a small business?

The hardest part is trying to get things at a cheaper price. You have to find parts at a cheaper price so you can sell it to the community for a better price than at other places. Sometimes, it is hard finding a good, working part for a good price.

What do you enjoy about running a business?

Being my own boss is great because I get to make most of the decisions.

What is one memorable experience you’ve had because of this business?

I haven’t had a particularly memorable experience yet, but maybe I’ll have one in the next couple of years.

 

Community Announcements

Early Release

Students at Nazareth ISD will have an early release on Monday October 16. There is no school on Friday, October 20.

Friday Night Lights

Thursday,  September 28, the Swifts battled against the Borden County Coyotes. Unfortunately, Nazareth lost at halftime. The final score was 58-8. On Friday, October 6, the Swifts travel to Kress to play the Kress Kangaroos. Come on out and support the team!

New Addition to the Cemetery

A statue of Our Lady Untier of Knots will be placed in a shrine in the new section of the Holy Family Cemetery. The steel statue is being made by Wictor Szostalo in Poland. Our Lady is credited with helping in person crises. The sculpture will arrive in Nazareth as the Parish Council finalizes the landscaping in the prayer shrine.

Weekly Rosary

Everyone is invited to come pray the rosary at 6:10 p.m. every Wednesday in October, starting October fourth.

 

National FFA

                Three students from Nazareth High School competed in the National Dairy Judging contest held on Monday, October 2 in Madison Wisconsin. The Nazareth team included senior Mike Schilderink, junior Emily Heitschmidt, sophomore Amy Schilderink, and Ellen Schilderink, who graduated last year. The team competed in a variety of categories and placed fifteenth overall.

RESULTS

Ellen Schilderink-              14th high in brown Swiss

22nd in Reasons

17th in Guernseys

 

Emily Heitschmidt-          25th in Holsteins

 

Team:                                   17th in Ayrshires                                              17th in Reasons

14th in brown Swiss                                        18th in Jerseys

12th in Guernseys                                           11th in Holsteins

 

New Staff at Nazareth ISD

ANGELA FULKERSON

Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, and where you are from.

I am originally from Nazareth. My husband and I have been married for eighteen years, and we have four children. I’ve been teaching for sixteen years.

What class/classes will you be teaching?

I am teaching Elementary music and Junior High and High School band.

How do you feel about coming to NISD?

I am excited to get to be around my kids more and lose my commute.

What are you most excited about?

I am excited to overcome all the challenges that come with working with band students. I love the technology based learning.

What are your degrees and from what college?

I have a Bachelors of Music from West Texas A&M University.

What are your personal goals that you have set for yourself this coming year?

I want to see the band be successful at contest and maintain good communication with parents. I am also striving to make music fun to encourage students to participate in high school band.

Besides the Swifts and Swiftettes, what other teams are your favorite?

I watch the Houston Texans the most.

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September 27, 2017~Year 10, No. 7

Interns Present Harvesting Ceremony

                Residents gathered for a fine Harvesting Ceremony in the Nazareth School Cafeteria after Sunday morning Mass, as five Ogallala Commons Community Interns reported about projects they worked on for Holy Family Catholic Church, the local community partner.

Katherine Fulkerson is the editor of Swift Kicks. She was in charge of the weekly newsletter and the publicity campaign. At the ceremony, Fulkerson discussed the orientation retreat the interns attended in June.

Leilanni Cordova was in charge of updating the cemetery book. She took pictures of the headstones, organized information, and created the book of over 700 people. At the Harvest presentation, Cordova talked about the five required blogs.

Emily Heitschmidt was given the task of creating a map of Nazareth and the surrounding area. She used the Excel program to create the streets and assign the names of residents to all the houses. A booklet with the maps will be available to the community. Heitschmidt explained the twelve key assets that the interns learned every community has. The assets are what make every community different. Heitschmidt stated that she considered history, education, arts, and culture to be the most important in Nazareth.

April Schmucker had many tasks for the summer. Her main focus was aiding the food pantry, which meant finding volunteers and taking care of the garden behind the Home Merc. She also helped Father Ken set up the kiosk at church and watered the plants around church. Schmucker was in charge of posting to the Swift Kicks Facebook page and also wrote articles to be placed in Swift Kicks. At the ceremony, Schmucker discussed the ten hours of community service the interns had to complete.

Blakely Gerber was in charge of creating the new parish website and educating the CCD teachers on the new equipment in the classrooms. For the website, she had to learn how to create a website and design the layouts and insert information, pictures, and links. At the ceremony, Gerber presented the personal goals that the interns developed over the summer. A few examples included time management and organization.

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Leilanni Cordova, Katherine Fulkerson, Emily Heitschmidt, April Schmucker, and Blakely Gerber

New Staff at Nazareth ISD

ANN NELSON

Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, and where you are from.

I am married toBrady Nelson and I have three children, Maggie, Mary, and Miles. I am a

Nazareth graduate and currently live here.

What class/classes will you be teaching?

This year I am teaching pre-kindergarten and junior high science.

How do you feel about coming to NISD?

I am thrilled to be teaching here.

What are you most excited about?

I am most excited about teaching at the school I grew up in. I love having the opportunity to pass on the knowledge and values Nazareth taught me.

What are your degrees and from what college?

I graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Agribusiness. Then I went to WTAMU and completed the PACE program to earn my teaching certification.

What are your goals that you have set for yourself this coming year?

My goal for this school year is to create engaging lessons so students will be excited to come to my class.

Besides the Swifts and Swiftettes, what other teams are your favorite?

I support the Red Raiders and Dallas Cowboys.

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Community Announcements

Friday Night Lights

Last Friday, Nazareth defeated New Home with a score of 84-35. This week, the Swifts play Borden County Thursday night at the Swift Stadium. Come on out and support Nazareth!

Nazareth Education Foundation Fundraiser & Steak Dinner

On Saturday, September 30, the Education Foundation dinner starts with a social hour at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The $100 tickets include two steak dinners and an entry into the reverse raffle drawing. The top prize in the raffle is $1,500. For the steak dinner only, it is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. There will be entertainment by Steven Birkenfeld.

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September 20, 2017~Year 10, No. 6

Swifts Remain Undefeated

This week was a busy week for the Swifts. With a junior high and junior varsity game on Thursday and a varsity game on Friday against Petersburg, the fans had plenty of opportunities to support the school.

The junior high team displayed their teamwork at the game. Unfortunately, they lost the game, with a score of 55-20.

The junior varsity team was victorious and won with a final score of 46-0. The varsity team kept their winning streak by defeating the Buffaloes 49-32.

The junior high and junior varsity teams also played on Tuesday, September 19, against New Home. The junior high were victorious this game, and the final score was 23-16. The junior varsity lost a hard-fought battle, with a score of 44-34.

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Tanner Birkenfeld, Junior High

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Jayden High and Jake Nelson, Junior Varsity

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Nathaniel VanDijk, Garrett Annen, Jacob Moroney and Tratyan McLain, Varsity

Cross Country Begins

The cross country runners started the season with a successful run on Saturday morning. The varsity girls finished 1st Place as a team, and the varsity boys placed 4th in the JV division.

 

                Girls’ Results                                                                                      Boys’ Results

April schmucker- 13th place, 14:30                                           Brady Robb- 1st place, 17:38

Caitlin Kleman- 14th place, 14:40                                            Tristan McLain- 4th place, 18:45

Maggie Nelson- 17th place, 14:45                                             Slade Gerber- 30th place, 20:07

Kyanne Dunn- 22nd place, 14:54                                             Brayden Dyer- 45th place, 20:32

Emma Kleman- 25th place, 15:04                                               Tate Schulte- 67th place, 21:14

Blakely Gerber- 57th place, 15:47                                    Ryan Heitschmidt- 111th place, 22:16

Amy Schilderink- 77th place, 16:12                                     Tristan Nelson- 112th place, 22:17

Mike Schilderink- 156th place, 24:09

The Junior High teams also ran on Saturday. Their times are pictured below.

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New Staff at Nazareth ISD

HAYLEY WYNN

Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, and where you are from.

I grew up in Follett, and some of my family still lives there. My mom is a fifth grade teacher and my brother is an AG teacher.

What class/classes will you be teaching?

I am teaching algebra 1 and 2, seventh grade math, a college readiness class and an ACT/SAT preparation class.

How do you feel about coming to NISD?

I am excited to be coming to such an amazing school.

What are you most excited about?

I am excited to be teaching at a school that seems to succeed in almost everything they do.

What are your degrees and from what college?

I earned my math education degree from West Texas A&M University.

What are your goals that you have set for yourself this coming year?

I want to be able to rise to the level of success here and help the students succeed.

Besides the Swifts and Swiftettes, what other teams are your favorite?

My favorites are the Dallas Cowboys and the WT Buffs. During baseball season, I watch the Texas Rangers.

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Community Announcements

Friday Night Lights

The next Varsity Football game is scheduled for Friday, September 22, at New Home. Come out and support the Swifts as they continue the season!

Server Practice

Fourth graders who wish to start serving at mass need to be at the training Wednesday, September 20, at 5:30 in the church. High Schoolers who want to continue serving need to be at the refresher course at 6:00 Wednesday, September 27.

Nazareth Education Foundation Fundraiser & Steak Dinner

On Saturday, September 30, the Education Foundation dinner starts with a social hour at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The $100 tickets include two steak dinners and an entry into the reverse raffle drawing. The top prize in the raffle is $1,500. For the steak dinner only, it is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. There will be entertainment by Steven Birkenfeld.

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September 13, 2017~Year 10, No. 5

Success Filled Homecoming Week

                The 2017 Homecoming week ended with two football wins against the Ropesville Eagles. The JV and Varsity teams won in tight matches.

Senior Traytan McLain proud of the way the team played together. “Offensively, we played pretty good, but defensively we have a lot of stuff to workout. Overall, it was a really great game.”

On Wednesday night, the school and community attended the Homecoming Pep Rally. The high school and junior high cheerleaders performed as well as the little and big girls who attended the 2017 summer cheer camp. The Spirit Queen candidates were freshman Shelby Annen, sophomore Cambrie Heiman, junior Tobie Peterson and senior Katherine Fulkerson. Spirit King candidates included freshman Kagan Pillars, sophomore Nathaneal VanDijk, junior Bryson High, and senior Eric Heitschmidt. Katherine Fulkerson and Eric Heitschmidt were crowned Spirit Queen and King.

On Thursday night, before the intense Varsity game, the Homecoming queen candidates and representatives paraded around the field. The class representatives were freshman Merry Gerber, sophomore Brianna Huseman and junior Emily Dyer. The senior candidates were Kamryn Schulte, Caitlin Kleman and Faithe Huseman. Sprit Queen Katherine Fulkerson presented the crown to escort Traytan McLain, who crowned Kleman as the 2017 Homecoming Queen.

JV

Swifts – 24

Ropes – 20

Varsity

Swifts – 94

Ropes – 80

 

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Spirit candidates

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Homecoming court

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Homecoming Queen Caitlin Kleman and escort Traytan McLain

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Spirit King Eric Heitschmidt and Spirit Queen Katherine Fulkerson

Community Announcements

Continuing Football Season

The next football game is Friday, September 15, at Petersburg against the Petersburg Buffaloes. Come out to watch the Swifts battle against the Buffaloes!

Nazareth Education Foundation Fundraiser & Steak Dinner

On Saturday, September 30, the Education Foundation dinner starts with a social hour at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The $100 tickets include two steak dinners and an entry into the reverse raffle drawing. The top prize in the raffle is $1,500. For the steak dinner only, it is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. There will be entertainment by Steven Birkenfeld.

New Staff at Nazareth ISD

CHRISTY SENTER

Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, and where you are from.

I was born and raised in Plainview Texas. I lived in Canadian for twelve years, and was a special education aide there for ten years. The past two years I was an office manager at an Ameriprise insurance agency. I have three children and two grandchildren.

What class/classes will you be teaching?

I will be the special ed aide this year.

How do you feel about coming to NISD?

I am excited to be back in a school after working elsewhere for two years.

What are you most excited about?

I am excited to be meeting new people and students and being in a new town.

What are your goals that you have set for yourself this coming year?

I just want to be able to make it through the year without forgetting anyone’s name.

Besides the Swifts and Swiftettes, what other teams are your favorite?

The Oklahoma City Thunder is our favorite.

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September 6, 2017~Year 10, No. 4

Labor Day Weekend and the Lone Star Cup

On September 3, Nazareth hosted its annual Labor Day Parade and Picnic. The morning started with the Labor Day Parade through the town. Festival goers enjoyed a meal consisting of brisket, potatoes, green beans, salad and fruit along with desserts. Afternoon activities included adult and children’s bingo, waterslides, bungee jumping and an auction.

However, this Labor Day stood apart from others. After the parade, Principal Jeanie Birkenfeld  was presented Nazareth High School’s first ever Lone Star Cup. At the end of the 2016-17 school year, Nazareth had a total of seventy-six points and was declared the winner of the 1-A division. The Lone Star Cup adds points won from every high school competition, such as football, cross country, basketball and UIL academics.

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New Staff at Nazareth ISD

MELODY WILEY

Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, and where you are from.

I lived and taught in Lockney Texas for twenty years, and then I was a special education teacher at McCamey Texas.

What class/classes will you be teaching?

I will be the special education teacher.

How do you feel about coming to NISD?

I am super excited because I heard that many people wanted to work here.

What are you most excited about?

I am glad to be in a small school where they put the kids first. I am eager to learn from the students and the staff as well as the many Nazareth traditions.

What are your degrees and from what college?

I majored in Elementary education and minored in history at Wayland Baptist University. I got my special education certification for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade online.

What are your personal goals that you have set for yourself this coming year?

I want to use the things  I learn from others to become a stronger and better teacher.

Besides the Swifts and Swiftettes, what other teams are your favorite?

My favorites are the Dallas Cowboys or sometimes the Texas Rangers.

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Homecoming Week

Last Friday, the Swifts traveled to Jayton to play against Guthrie in the first game of the season. The game ended at halftime with the Swifts victorious. The final score was 62-13.

This week, the Swifts play the Ropes Eagles at the Homecoming game on Thursday. The Homecoming pep rally will be held on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the football field. Come out and support the Swifts at the first home game of the season!

 

Class of 2018

The senior class of the 2017-18 school year has had a busy week. Many of them have started applying for colleges as well as participating in the homecoming week activities. FFA, sports, and band competitions have begun as well. They have been enjoying a busy start to a busy year!

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Senior Girls

“Thank You, Nazareth”

From playwright Karen Setlowe

As a socially engaged artist in residence in Nazareth on four different occasions over the last three years, I’ve been privileged to be welcomed into the community to research and develop my multi-media dramatic comedy “Gift from the Panhandle,” which portrays the disappearing way of life in the Texas Panhandle with a focus on Nazareth. As you know, Nazareth personifies how a small town can not only survive but thrive, and it acts as a beacon of light for struggling small cities across America and overseas.

Countless people in Naz have shared their time, help, stories and historical information. You’ve welcomed me to invade your private spaces, family gatherings, reunions and public holiday events, including participation as a volunteer. Most importantly, you’ve shared friendship, private stories, trusted me with secrets and shared your unique spiritual relationship to your community and to each other. You’ve taught me that faith, family, land and education, including athletics and the arts, are at the heart of a vital community.

Hopefully, I’ve captured what you’ve shared in my play. It’s finished; now it needs a couple of years of script fine tuning and multi-media editing. Without all of you, this project would not have been possible. In this spirit, it’s my intention to use community members for the first production of this work, which I would like to take place in Nazareth; and, eventually, I will turn ownership of “Gift from the Panhandle” over to the Nazareth Museum for generations to share.

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