June 21, 2017~Year 9, No. 45

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School took place this summer on Monday, June 12, through Thursday, June 15. It started each evening at 5:45 pm and lasted for three hours. Incoming Pre-K up to incoming 6th grade kids could attend. This year 115 was the total count for the number of kids. Many adults along with teens helped all week long with a variety of roles. Each day the kids went to five different stations around the CCD building and the church. These include music, games, crafts, bible story, and snacks. The theme for this year was Maker Fun Factory, and so all week the kids were reminded that God created them. Throughout VBS the kids made crafts such as bracelets and picture frames, learned new songs along with dance moves, and listened to stories about Jesus’ life on earth. At the end of the week, all of the kids performed their dances to the certain songs they were assigned.

NISD BOARD OF EDUCATON GIVES AWARD

Former BOE Trustee, Jody Huseman, recognized at the Regular Board Meeting on June 12, 2017 for her six years of service from May 2011 to May 2017.  Glen Waldo, Superintendent, thank her on behalf of the board and staff of Nazareth ISD along with the community of Nazareth for working and serving so humbly, but effectively on the Team of Eight.  The desk plaque with a red star and blue tennis shoe recognized her for “Going the Distance for Children.”

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Three Attend Girls State

June 11-17, Katherine Fulkerson, Shailee Whilhelm and Natalie Schulte attended the 2017 Girls State session. Six hundred soon-to-be senior girls from various areas in Texas gathered at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin to learn about the government process and run for offices. They were each assigned a city and a party and were put into either the House of Representatives or Senate.

While there, they had to opportunity to run for offices, create laws and ordinances and submit bills to debate. On Friday June 16, all the Girls State citizens visited the Texas State Capitol building. They were able to have debate sessions in the House and Senate chambers.

Throughout the week, they made new friends, created their own government and learned the necessary procedures to submit and create bills.

“I had so much fun at Girls State,” Fulkerson said. “I really hope I am chosen to go back as a staff member.”

FAITH, FAMILY, MUSIC, AND MINISTRY WERE HALLMARKS

Rose Mary Ramaekers, a 1951 Nazareth High School Valedictorian, died on Friday, June 09, 2017.  She was born on March 12, 1934 in Groom, Texas to Leonard and Alma (Herzog) Conrad. They moved to Nazareth, Texas in July of 1948. She married Vincent Ramaekers on September 16, 1952 and moved to Umbarger where they raised their 5 children. She attended West Texas State University where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Education. She taught a variety of classes at the elementary level for Canyon ISD from 1969 – 1994, after which she was an instructor of music methods classes at WTAMU and taught private piano lessons. She was involved in music ministry at Catholic churches in Nazareth, Littlefield and Umbarger for more than 60 years.

Her life was celebrated Wednesday, June 14, at services in St. Mary‘s Church in Umbarger and Holy Family Church in Nazareth.  Burial beside her husband, Vincent, was in Holy Family Cemetery

Rose Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Ramaekers, her parents, grandchild, Nicole Scott, and grandson-in-law, Kendrick Powell. Survivors include her children, Henry Ramaekers and wife, Linda Jo; Debbie Wieck and husband, Kenneth; Elaine Scott and husband, John; Sharon Rainwater and husband, Randy; and Linda Byrd and husband, Robert; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Mitzie Brockman and husband, Cyril; Ted Conrad and wife, Jeannie; Colette Hoelting and husband, LeRoy; Suzie Bacon and husband, Howard; Tom Conrad and wife, Brenda; and Angie Venhaus and husband, Clyde; and many in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be made to the WTAMU Catholic Student Center, 2610 4th Ave. Canyon, TX 79015.

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Rose Mary Ramaekers

2017 Baseball Honors

1A Pitcher of the Year                                    1st Team Outfielder              

Tate Schulte                                                       Nathaneal Van Dijk

1st Team Catcher                                             1st Team Utility               

Jake Waldo                                                         Garrison Kleman

1st Team Infielder                                           2nd Team Infielder

Traytan McLain                                                 Tristan McLain

2nd Team Outfielder                                      Honorable Mention

Jacob Moroney                                                  Tristan Nelson

Congratulations to all these athletes!

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June 14, 2017~Year 9, No. 44

Interns Attend Retreat

Four of the five Nazareth interns attended a retreat held June 6-7. The four high schoolers met other interns from several different states including South Dakota, Colorado, and Texas.

The retreat included ice-breaker activities, presentations about different aspects of an internship, and traditional food from the different areas the interns came from.

“I like the commonwealth fair because we got to learn in an interactive way,” April Schmucker said. “My favorite booth was Leisure and Recreation because it was fun and had some props with it. It looked really good and was easy to understand.”

Interns at retreat

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

 

Community Announcements

Support for the Home Merc

The Home Merc Board is selling t-shirts as a fundraiser to offset some recent unexpected expenses at the Home Merc. We had a window broken, sewage issues, and roof repairs. We value this building in our community and want future generations to enjoy its benefits all while keeping the rent affordable to everyone.

You can email Karen Wanjura at kwilhelm@hotmail.com with your order, and she will send you an invoice via PayPal. You can also call Karen at (979) 255-3794 or Ann Nelson at (806) 647-9003 to place an order.

Shirt #1 (navy) is a traditional cotton t-shirt and can be ordered in sizes from youth small to 4X. Shirt #2 (brown) is a soft blend crew-neck shirt that can be ordered in sizes XSmall to XXLarge. Shirt #3 (black) is a soft blend v-neck and can be ordered in size XSmall to XXXLarge.

Shirt #1 is $20 and #2 and #3 are $25. We will also gladly ship to you if you are out of town!! We will just add a $5 shipping charge to your invoice.

Thank you SO much for helping us out with this effort. We and the community appreciate it greatly.

 

Nazareth City-Wide Garage Sale

Saturday, June 17

8:00 am to 12:00 noon

Stop by city hall and put your name on the list so you will be added to the map.

Thank you!

 

 

Valedictorian Speech: Abby Schmucker

The Nazareth Class of 2017 would not be here today without each and every one of you, so I say thank you. Thank you for helping us along the way, pushing us to be the best versions of ourselves, and ultimately, thank you for always believing in us.

Sometime around fifth grade, we were playing in the championship game of a basketball tournament with the score tied in the last minutes. Overlooked by the refs in spite of our parents yelling, the opposing team sneaked six players on the floor and scored to win the game. I was so upset at their cheating to win. Later, grandma Raelene’s house listened to my complaining and with no sympathy said “if you just scored two more points earlier in the game, it wouldn’t have mattered.” These words have been inspiration in my life. In a deep sense, she was saying “life is tough, it’s not always going to go your way, there will be bumps in the road, but eventually you have to learn to overcome those adversities.”

These past years at Nazareth school our class experienced countless obstacles in sports, UIL events, and FFA. At times, we lost, and were disappointed. But, these times may be foundational in our lives. The ability to rise above defeat, to step up to the next challenge, and to move past difficulties, these prepare us for the future in college and the real world.

So today, I quote from Erin Cummings, “At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.”

Fellow classmates, for years, teachers, parents, and coaches helped us succeed by pushing us to be better in the classroom, at home, or on the court or field. Guiding hands helped us improve through Nazareth ISD. But now, in the coming years of greater independence, we are in charge of ourselves and our decisions to be great, work hard, and make a difference. Blank pages are ahead and we hold the power to decide what to write. Just as Cummings said, we are now responsible for our success or our failure. As the 15 of us travel in 9 different directions to the colleges of our choice, I have confidence in each one of you because of our strong foundation here at Nazareth. We have learned many lessons, grown as individuals, and developed the life skills that we need to go out into the world.

These past four years, our class has proven its dedication and willingness to succeed despite setbacks and difficulties. Now, for ourselves and for our family, community, teachers, and school we set out to pursue our wildest dreams, and we will not let them down. My final advice: seize every single moment with great attention. Each moment shapes us, so make it your own, and enjoy every second of the future.

I end with a biblical reference from John 1: 46. “Nathaneal said to him, ‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’ Philip said in reply, ‘Come and see.’” Watch us and see what good can come from Nazareth.  Thanks to all of you and congratulations guys, we made it!

 

101 Birthday Blessings Celebrated at Mass

On Wednesday, June 7th, Brigitta Dobmeier celebrated her 101 birthday at a Mass offered for her by Fr. Ken Keller in the Dining Room of the Castro County Nursing Home.   Dozens of Nazareth friends joined residents and staff of the home to pray and celebrate with her on this special day.  When Brigitta Dobmeier was born, the First World War was being fought, Woodrow Wilson was president, Pancho Villa’s revolutionaries raided Columbus, New Mexico, and Charlie Chaplin began his movie career.  Modern American history, as well as local Nazareth history, are realities from her life. We honor this centenarian who wheels herself in her chair to activities in the Home such as Mass, rosary, welcoming visitors, and her much enjoyed hair appointment.

 

Brigetta Dobmeier

Brigitta Dobmeier

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June 7, 2017~Year 9, No. 43

Schulte Named Athlete of the Year

This year, Happy State Bank named Allie Schulte their athlete of the year. Her teammates and head basketball coach Eric Schilling had high praise for Schulte.

Schulte has great skills and is an unselfish leader. She does what is best for the team and helps her teammates with anything they need.

She has had an remarkable high school athletic career from basketball to golf to track. Her basketball record is extremely impressive with 140 wins and only 11 losses. She played in state championship games all four years in high school and was named state tournament MVP her sophomore and senior years.

Schulte qualified for state tennis three years, and placed third as a junior in girls’ doubles. Schulte and her partner Kamryn Schulte won a gold medal this year.

Allie also competed in track, and competed at state in the 400 and 800 mile relays as a sophomore.

She played golf her junior year and advanced to regionals.

Schulte plans to continue her basketball career at Lubbock Christian University.

Picture1Coach Taylor Schulte, Allie Schulte, and Coach Eric Schilling

 

Summertime Activity

This weekend marks the start of the Kwahadi Dancers’ summer season. They perform every Saturday in June and July at 7:00 at the Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian.

The shows last about two hours and display dances from the Plains tribes that used to live in this area. The museum and trading post are open before and after shows, as well as during the week.

 

Veteran Remembered

Mary Kleman, sister of the late Fred Ball, is presented an encased flag in memory of the Nazareth veteran by Angie Milton of the Nazareth American Legion Francis Wilhelm Memorial Post 528 Auxiliary during ceremonies at a breakfast following the annual salute to deceased veterans during Memorial Day observance at Holy Family Cemetery on Monday May 29. (Photo by Jim Steiert)

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Family and Faith Important for the Late Adam Wethington

Local Nazareth families mourned the death of their 93-year-old beloved brother and uncle, Adam Wethington, who died Monday, May 29, 2017, at the Castro County Nursing Home in Dimmitt.  Adam and his late spouse, Carmen Granado, came to the Nazareth area to be near his sisters, Angela Acker and Rita Kleman of Nazareth.

Robert Vernon Wethington was born April 6, 1924 in Waterflow, New Mexico to Frederick Charles and Lottie Berdal (Stallings) Wethington.  He grew up and helped on the family farm and then joined the United States Army in 1946 and was stationed in the Philippines and received a honorably discharged in 1947.  In 1949 he left for a Franciscan seminary where he would earn a Masters of Divinity degree.  Assuming the religious name of Adam, he was ordained a priest in 1959 in the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, and ministered throughout Texas and New Mexico. He spent many years ministering on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico in his 21 years of priesthood.  In 1980, after receiving laicization from the church, he married Carmen Granado and became the step-father to her daughter, Lisa.

As an advanced addiction counselor, he continued to minister to others, first counseling women with addictions and then working with female inmates in the Texas prison system until the age of 89! He lived a simple Franciscan life until the end. He was wise, compassionate and had the best stories to tell. His mind was sharp until he passed on Memorial Day. Adam will always be remembered as a compassionate and caring man with a real spirit of determination for living life simply. Adam is survived by 3 sisters, Angela Acker and Rita Kern both of Nazareth and Kathaleen Caldwell of Colorado Springs, 1 step-daughter, Lisa Chambers of Round Rock, 2 step grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family Cemetery Fund, PO Box 100, Nazareth, TX 79063.

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Adam Wethington

 

Time for Goodbyes: Coach Nathan Branum

Dear Nazareth Community,

For the first time in 9 years myself and my family will not call Nazareth home. This has been a very tough decision for me to make but I feel led to move my family to Clyde where I will serve as the Head Boys Basketball Coach there. Amanda will serve as a 4th grade math teacher. We will forever be indebted to this community for the love and support shown to us over the years. Thank you all for entrusting us to work with your sons and daughters and for loving ours as well. We have experienced many highs and a few lows over our time here but more than anything I know that we loved every minute of it. I look forward to being a Swift fan from afar and seeing the name of Nazareth continue to be associated with honor, respect, and championships. Thank you again for everything y’all have done for us, we will miss this community dearly!

Nathan, Amanda, Sydney, Kyndrey, Maddox, & Ackley Branum

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May 31, 2017~Year 9, No. 42

Nazareth Wins State Meet

Six Nazareth students competed in Austin on May 22-23 for state UIL speaking.

Several students previously competed in other events and with the combined points won from all of the students, Nazareth took the 1st place title in the 1A division for the entire state UIL academic meet. This is the first time to ever happen at NISD.

Five out of the six speakers medaled, which put Nazareth’s total point count at 130, beating the second place team by 28.5 points.

 

Speaking Results:

Poetry: Tobie Peterson 5th place

Prose:                   Teri Burnett                        3rd place

Persuasive:         Garrison Kleman              5th place

Tarah Hill                              6th place

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McLain Competes at State Golf

On May 22-23, junior Traytan McLain competed at Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin. He is the first state qualifying golfer from Nazareth ISD since 2009.

McLain had a very successful season this year. He placed first at district, and second at regional after the state bound teams were taken out. He shot a 92 both days at the regional tournament to qualify for state. At the state meet, McLain placed thirty-second out of seventy competitors with a combined score of 190.

The boys’ golf team included Traytan McLain, Tucker Huseman, Tristan McLain, Tristan Nelson, and Brayden Dyer. The team placed fourth at regional,

only one place away from state advancement.

Emily Dyer and Kinzi Cleavinger were the only girls to compete in golf. They advanced to regional as individuals.

Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic season!

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Traytan McLain

 

 

For God and Country

Bob Schulte, commander of Nazareth’s Francis Wilhelm Memorial American Legion Post 528 salutes as members of the post’s color guard and rifle squad present arms, and members of Holy Family Church pay their respects in the background during the playing of “Taps” as part of the annual Memorial Day ceremonies held at Holy Family Church and Holy Family Cemetery. The firing of a 21-gun salute to deceased veterans preceded this moment in the proceedings. Parish members and guests joined in prayers of appreciation for the service of those gone before, and for guidance of the nation and its leaders. (Photo by Jim Steiert)

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Coming Home: Nazareth Native Son Memorialized

Eugene “Gene” Anthony Schmucker, 65, of Sanger, Texas passed away on Wednesday May 24, 2017 in Denton, Texas. He was born on September 8, 1951 in Dimmitt, Texas to Joe and Amy (Gerber) Schmucker. He married Michele Wilhelm in Nazareth, Texas in 1973.

After beginning his life as a farmer in Nazareth, Texas, Gene moved his family to Wichita Falls, Texas where he worked for 27 years with St. Gobain/CertainTeed. He was later transferred to Bryan, Texas where he worked at Saint Gobain/Norpro for 7 years until retirement.  He umped high school baseball and coached The Babe Ruth League in Nazareth, eventually coaching his own children in baseball and softball in Wichita Falls. Gene was active in Notre Dame Schools and Our Lady Queen of Peace Church.

He was loved for his dry sense of humor and his peculiar choice of music. He also loved his LA Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Texas A&M Aggies.

Those who continue to celebrate Gene’s life and love are his wife of 43 years, Michele, two daughters, Genese (David) Rodriguez, Cassie (Jason) Willis, two sons, Jeremy Schmucker, Brad (Carolyn) Schmucker, two sisters, Mary Ann Schulte, Janet Schmucker, two brothers, Ray (Mary Lou) Schmucker, Dan (Ethel) Schmucker, brother-in-law, Clyde Hoelting, sister-in-law, Bobbie Schmucker and fifteen grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Amy Schmucker, brother, Jim Schmucker, sister, Bea Hoelting, in-laws, Francis and Betty Wilhelm and daughter-in-law, Angie Schmucker.

Funeral services were at Holy Family on Saturday, May 27 followed by burial in Holy Family Cemetery.

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Gene Schmucker

 

New Interns in Town

After two years and around 100 publications of Swift Kicks, Abby Schmucker passed down her weekly newsletter duties to Katherine Fulkerson at the beginning of May.

Abby became the community intern after her sophomore year, and worked for two years performing many tasks, with the greatest responsibility being the publication of Swift Kicks.

“I have enjoyed getting to publish the community newsletter for the past two years,” Schmucker said. “It is great to keep up with what is going on in the community, and it was great to be able to provide the community with current information.”

Other jobs within Abby’s internship include creating a new community map, photographing the headstones in the cemetery, working in the church office, and writing articles about the town’s growth and development.

“This internship was a great opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone and experience things that I wasn’t used to,” Schmucker said. “I know that this experience will help me in the future, and I am so thankful for the skills I have gained because of the internship.”

Katherine Fulkerson and four others will assume the roles as community interns for the coming summer.

 

Community Announcements

Olen Schulte Memorial Team Roping and Wild West Show

The roping will be on Saturday, June 17 this year. Team roping will be in the morning and wild west events will be after church. We will be serving sausage wraps at the concession stand. Mason Kleman, Logan Robb, and Steven Birkenfeld will be entertaining that evening. All proceeds go to the Olen Schulte Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Expanding Our Outreach

Know someone who wants to be more informed about the Nazareth community? Suggest the weekly Swift Kicks Blog post! Just sent their name with email address to nazarethswiftkicks@gmail.com to get signed up!

Final Grades

Report cards will only go out to parents who request them. Call or stop by school before June 8.

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May 24, 2017~Year 9, No. 41

Nazareth ISD Graduates Fifteen

Saturday, May 20, the 2017 seniors gathered with family, friends and community to celebrate and receive their diploma. The ceremony included speeches from Valedictorian Abby Schmucker, Salutatorian Ellen Schilderink, and a commencement address by Deacon Bob Birkenfeld.

All fifteen of the graduates plan to attend college in the fall. Congratulations to the graduates! Our thoughts and prayers will be with them as they continue onto the next journey.

Teri Burnett– West Texas A&M                                Daniil Sirenko– Midland College

Alee Christian– West Texas A&M                             Jake Waldo– Texas Tech University

Lexy Ethridge– West Texas A&M

Isaiah Flores– Amarillo College

Paige Gerber– Texas Tech University

Carlie Heiman– University of Oklahoma

Tarah Hill– Texas Tech University

Tucker Huseman– South Plains College

Waylon Leavitt– South Plains College

Shania Schacher– Amarillo College

Ellen Schilderink– Tarleton State University

Abby Schmucker– Texas Christian University

Allie Schulte– Lubbock Christian University

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Picture2.pngValedictorian Abby Schmucker

 

Ten Advance to State Tennis

Nazareth High School sent five doubles teams to the state tournament held on May 18 and 19. The teams were Allie Schulte and Kamryn Schulte, Lexy Ethridge and Cambrie Heiman, Paige Gerber and Traytan McLain, Christen Damron and Jake Waldo, and Slade Gerber and Jake Gerber.

Paige and Traytan placed third in the mixed doubles, and Slade and Jake placed second in the boys’ doubles. Allie and Kamryn placed first in the girls’ doubles. In the Schultes’ championship game, the sets were 6-2, 3-6, and 6-1.

Congratulations to all the tennis players on a fantastic season!

Picture3.pngKamryn and Allie Schulte with tennis coach Taylor Schulte

 

Community Announcements

If you will not be able to work a shift at this year’s German Fest or Suds N Sounds please contact Tanya Ethridge at 806-369-5311 or Kandal Wethington at 806-683-8611 and we will take your name off the list and add you to the donation list. This year’s event will be on July 8th. Thanks.

Nazareth swim night is on every Wednesday this summer at Tulia, starting June 7 thru August 9 from 6 to 8. Cost is $50 per family for the entire summer or $3 per person per night. Please let Tracy Ramsey know if you are willing to sign up as family and if you are still interested since it is at a different place this year. Remember anyone from Nazareth can come or you can bring a guest.

 

Life-long Resident Dies

Known throughout the Nazareth area because of his love of family and church, and for his untiring delivery work with West Texas Gas Company of Dimmitt, Ricky Dobmeier died Friday, May 19, 2017 in his home in Nazareth.  Seventy years old, Richard Dobmeier was born here February 22, 1947, the son of Leo and Brigitta Hochstein Dobmeier.

For years, he had been a faithful son visiting his 101 year old mother, Brigitta, at the Castro County Nursing Home.  He was recently retired from West Texas Gas Company, was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survivors include mother:  Brigitta Dobmeier of Nazareth, 4 brothers: Allen Dobmeier and wife Stephanne of Nazareth, Gene Dobmeier and deceased wife Jackie, Neil Dobmeier  and wife Sue of Garden Dale, Texas, and Glenn Dobmeier of Austin, 6 sisters:  Judith Irlbeck and husband David of Grygla, MN. , Janice Johnson and husband Joe Dee of Nazareth, Susan Murff and husband Dennis of Manchaca, Texas, Gail McCandles and husband Robert of Livingston, Texas, Rena Hellstein and husband Tim of Seabrook, Texas, and Elaine Culver and husband Michael of Levelland,  numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, 1 brother- Ronald Dobmeier and 1 sister-Mary Ann Dobmeier.

His funeral was Tuesday, May 22nd at Holy Family Church, with burial following. Memorials may be sent to Holy Family Cemetery Fund P.O. Box 100 Nazareth, Texas  79063.

 

Baccalaureate Speech: Senior Tarah Hill

I can remember being little and dreaming about the day that I would be in high school. Dreams such as winning a state gold medal in basketball, being elected FFA officer, winning at the Houston stock show, or getting accepted to the college of your dreams. Or, for myself, being a high school cheerleader, getting my license and my first car, and wearing a beautiful dress to the prom.  With my class of 2017, these dreams aren’t dreams — they’re reality.

Now, we move forward in life’s transition, such as college and a career – into the so called “greatest time of our lives” — and we know we are going to face adversity and struggle in the midst of fears.  My advice:  lean on God’s word, such as Romans 8: 31: “What, then, shall we say in response to these trials, tribulations, fears?  If God is for us, then who can stand against us?”  Trust in God’s presence and great plan!

To the juniors –  in short — lead well! You are all the role models for this entire school now, and do not think for a second that someone is not always noticing, so work hard to set that good example.

To the 8th graders –  As Mrs. Huseman’s Aide in English class, I could tell you do love each other, whether you want to admit it or not. But please, continue to encourage each other. Make friendships that will last forever. Work hard in class for, contrary to popular belief, your freshman year grades really do matter. And about extracurricular activities – just get involved. And lastly, enjoy yourself.

To the community – We are so blessed being raised in Nazareth. The devotion, faith, and kindness in this community helped shape each of us into the people that we are today.

To the school – Our thanks to every one of you. Nazareth ISD is not a building, but a family of supportive and hand-working people. Even when you swore you wouldn’t be able to make it through the year with us, not a single one of you ever gave up on us. And for that we thank you.

To our families – You had the most difficult, yet most important job. Thanks to each of you for supporting us when times got tough, cheering us on through our successes and triumph.  You have done an amazing job!

To my classmates — During the last ten years with ya’ll, I’ve learned that you, without a doubt, are some of the most exceptional people I have ever met. I encourage you, one more time, in the direction of your dreams. Keep the faith; keep the love, for “if our God is for us, then who can ever stop us”.

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May 17, 2017~Year 9, No. 40

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Picture2.pngSenior Class

 

Baccalaureate Weekend

On Saturday, May 16, the eighth grade and senior students gathered with family, friends, and members of the community to attend the baccalaureate mass at Holy Family Catholic Church. The celebration included the seniors bringing mementos to the front and speeches from Junior Kamryn Schulte and Senior Tarah Hill.

Eighth Grade

Shelby Annen

Luke Betzen

Kaden Cleavinger

Kyanne Dunn

Derek Dyer

Tyler Espenson

Merry Gerber

Ryan Heitschmidt

Jayden High

Chance Hochstein

Grace Huseman

Emma Kleman

Grady McAlister

Aiden Moore

Kylee Moroney

Maggie Nelson

Tobin Pierson

Kagan Pillars

Kari Schulte

Tye Schulte

2017 Senior Class

Teri Burnett

Alexandra Christian

Alexis Ethridge

Isaiah Flores

Paige Gerber

Carlie Heiman

Tarah Hill

Tucker Huseman

Waylon Leavit

Shania Schacher

Ellen Schilderink

Abby Schmucker

Allie Schulte

Daniil Sirenko

Jake Waldo

 

Mile Relay Team Completes Season

On May 12, April Schmucker, Abby Schmucker, Shania Schacher, and Blakely Gerber competed in the mile relay at the state track meet in Austin.

“Even though our season didn’t end exactly how we wanted it to, it was a fun year, and I’m excited to see what next year brings,” April Schmucker said.

The team ran a time of 4:16, which is five seconds faster than they have ever run.  They placed sixth in a tough competition where a new state record was set.

Congratulations on an amazing season!

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Mile relay team

 

Baccalaureate Speech: Junior Kamryn Schulte

I would like to start out by saying congratulations to the 8th graders. I am excited to watch each of you grow in high school. These next four years will be some of the best years of your life. The memories you make will last forever. Make sure you get involved in everything or one day you will look back and regret it. Don’t spend your freshman year hiding and being shy, get out there and make new friends. Real friends are hard to find but worth the search. Once you find them, keep them because they are the ones that get you through the hard times.  Most importantly, be the real you. You will be happier if you stay true to yourself whether you are an athlete, computer guru or a brilliant mathematician.

Now, to the class of 2017. I’m sad that I’m here today delivering this speech to you but at the same time I am excited to see you start the next journey in your life. You are very special to me and have left footprints that will be a source of inspiration and motivation. Your kind hearts and strong personalities will be remembered. You have been great role models that influence many to be the best that they can be.

E. E. Cummings once said, “To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.” Remember where you came from and the lessons that you learned. Stay true to your beliefs and never sacrifice who you are for anyone. Always keep your faith. James 1:6 says “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

I have no doubt in my mind that each of you will make a huge mark on this world, and I can’t wait to watch it happen. The dream you have can be achieved. It exists. It is real. It is possible. And it is yours.

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May 10, 2017~Year 9, No. 39

Seventy-three Year Tradition Continues

Every year, a senior girl is elected by her peers to be May Queen and crown Mary with a wreath of flowers to honor her purpose and faith in the gospel.  This year’s May Queen was Abby Schmucker, daughter of Gwen and Marvin Schmucker.

Her court included Paige Gerber with Ian Birkenfeld and Jack Wanjura; Allie Schulte with Oren and Sy Welps; and Ellen Schilderink with Cooper Schulte and Rhett Ethridge. Abby’s pages were Jaxton Schilling and Barrett Brockman. Jett McLarty carried her train. Braeli Fuller carried the flower crown, and Brynli Schilling presented the rosary.

There have been seventy-two past queens, and many of them attended to share the special day with Abby. The tradition was started in 1942 during World War II to help the community to keep hope through the difficult times.

Picture1May Queen Abby Schmucker

Run for the Roses

On Saturday, May 6, the Nazareth High School cafeteria was filled with formal dresses and tuxes. The juniors, seniors and their dates attended the 2017 prom.

The junior class was in charge of decorating for the night. The class decided on a Kentucky Derby themed prom because the race was the same weekend. The cafeteria was transformed into a white tent filled with roses, toy horses and candles. The entrance was marked by a giant horseshoe arch covered in tissue paper roses.

The freshman served steaks, salad and potatoes to the guests. After the meal, the attendees enjoyed cupcakes and cookies decorated with horseshoes made of frosting. The students took pictures in the photo booth and danced to their favorite songs.

Picture2Senior Waylon Leavitt and Sophomore Bree Cornett

Baseball Season Ends

The Swift baseball team ended a great season last Thursday after their loss to Booker. The final score was nine to four.

The team had a season record of seven to six and were pleased with the overall season.

“I was proud of our season,” junior Tristan McLain said. “However, we could still be playing if we had hit better.”

Congratulations on an excellent season!

Picture3Junior Traytan McLain

Students Display Musical Talent

Children performed at the Home Mercantile on Sunday, May 7. They played many instruments including guitar, piano and violin. There were over ten musicians that played pieces they prepared. Carolyn Evers hosted the event with the help of parents.

The fifth, sixth and High School bands held a concert on Monday, May 8 to display the results of a year of hard work. The fifth grade students learned how to read music, play instruments and various songs starting at the beginning of this year. Members of the community attended both events to support the young musicians.

Visitors to the Playa Lake

As part of a special 8-week learning unit on water conservation, 60 Freshman students from New Deal H.S. (TX) attended a morning tour at Ogallala Commons Playa Classroom in Nazareth to learn more about how playas recharge the Ogallala Aquifer and serve as a keystone ecosystem in the High Plains.

The students enjoyed being outdoors, learning about rainwater harvesting, home-based food production, and actions they can implement to create a sustainable future.

Picture4New Deal students

Car Seat Checkup

When: Thursday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Dimmitt fire department; 100 E. Bedford

Bring your child and know his height and weight

For more information, call Felice Acker; Castro County

Extension: (806) 647-4115

8th Grade Parent Meeting

The eighth grade parent meeting will be May 16 at 5:45 p.m. in the cafeteria. The meeting will discuss High School endorsements.

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