Entertaining at the 10th Annual Home Merc Gala are (from left) Anthony Enriquez (Dimmitt, TX) on lead guitar, Logan Samford (Nazareth, TX) on vocals and rhythm guitar, and Mariano Cordero (Nocona, TX) on upright bass. (Photo by Christena Stephens)
Gala Uplifts the Community
More than 100 patrons gathered for the 10th Annual Home Merc Benefit Gala on Jan. 18th, enjoying food, conversation, music – raising more than $4,000 to support the nonprofit mission and ongoing maintenance of the Home Mercantile.
A 3-course meal was prepared by Christine Acker, and artfully served by the Nazareth Boy Scouts Troop to those seated at 13 beautifully decorated tables. A marvelous display of historical photos and captions, created by HM Board member Misti Schacher, was exhibited for the evening, and Community Intern Christena Stephens offered some anecdotal stories to those gathered, based on her research for the Home Merc’s historical marker application.
Awards were given on behalf of the Greater Nazareth community to the Board of Directors of Changing Winds Renewable Energy, LLC (Tom Hoelting, Dwayne Kleman, Doyle Schulte, Paul and David Huseman), in recognition for their leadership and vision.
The festive evening ended with a music set by 3 students attending South Plains College: Anthony Enriquez (Dimmitt, TX) on lead guitar, Logan Samford (Nazareth, TX) on vocals and rhythm guitar, and Mariano Cordero (Nocona, TX) on upright bass. Their fabulous music caused many couples to spontaneously move onto the wood floor for a bit of dancing.
The Home Merc Board of Directors wishes to thank all patrons for their generous and enthusiastic support.
STATE CHAMPION PLAYER COACHES IN NAZ
Background for Coach’s Interview: From the Amarillo Globe News, “50th Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame special recognition”– Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2008– “The Naz boys continued their recent state dominance by winning a fourth state title during a six-year period. Naz dumped Laneville, 52-43, in the state championship game with Taylor Schulte earning Texas state tournament MVP.”Coach Schulte excelled in four sports throughout NISD school years – Football, Basketball, Tennis, and Baseball. The NISD assignment for Coach Schulte this year reads: “Head Tennis Coach, Asst Coach in Boys Basketball and Football, and teacher in the Junior High”.
COACH SCHULTE INTERVIEW BY CARLY WILHELM
SK: Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, and where you are from?
Coach: I graduated from Nazareth in 2008 and Texas Tech University in 2012. I taught and coached at Dimmitt I.S.D. last year. My wife Caitlin is also from Nazareth.
SK: How do you feel about coming to NISD?
Coach: I’m excited to come back and be a part of the school and community that was a big part of my life growing up.
SK: What’s different here from your past experiences?
Coach: Last year at Dimmitt, I was the P.E. teacher, and this year I teach Reading, English, and Science.
SK: What’s a personal goal you’ve set for yourself in this coming year?
My goal is to improve on my teaching and coaching and to help my students reach their goals.
SK: What are your degrees and from what colleges?
Coach: I have an Exercise and Sports Science degree from Texas Tech University.
SK: Besides the Swifts and Swiftettes, what other teams are your favorites?
Coach: The Texas Tech Red Raiders, the Duke Blue Devils, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Chicago Bulls.
SK: Thank you for the interview and we look forward to having you here at Naz for many years to come. In the next weeks I will be doing the Interviews for the4 new Interim Superintendent, Mike Vinyard, and the new coach that replaced Coach Austin, Coach Alan Thomas.
Faithe Huseman and her dad, Scott
Castro County Live Stock ExhibitMany Nazareth young people participated in both the Nazareth Stock Show, January 15-16th, and the Castro County Stock Show, held January 16-19th, and many won both awards, prize money, and sale money. Some of the many participants at the Castro County Expo building are pictured.
The Legion will host their annual Pool Tournament on January 23 – 26. The Calcutta will be held on Sunday, Jan. 19. To enter, or for more information, contact Art Brockman at 647-6681 or 945-2304.
Nazareth American Legion offers Raffle Tickets for a whole slaughtered hog benefiting “America Supports You Texas Honor Flight.” Tickets donations are $5 each. Drawing will be held on Sunday, January 26, at the annual pool tournament. Tickets may be purchased at the Legion Hall during the tournament, from any Legion member, or Bob Fisher 945-2681.
2014 Super Bowl Party, hosted by the Nazareth Volunteer Fire Department, will be Sunday, February 2nd, 4:00 p.m. in Legion Hall. Contact Fire Department Member for $100 ticket that includes drinks and Steak Dinner for 2, game with $4,200 prizes, & Texas Hold-Em Tournament.
Benefit Steak Dinner for medical expenses of Tommy Russell held by the Knights of Columbus on Saturday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. in the Community Hall.
FARM AUCTION SALE by the Knights of Columbus of Nazareth will be February 15th. For more information, contact Alan Birkenfeld 570-6328 or any K of C member.
NISD SCHOOL NEWS
The 2014 Swiftettes circle up for powerhouse photo
Nazareth Swifts basketball team did very well last week; they won Friday’s away game against our rival Happy with a score of 44-27, and also won Tuesday’s game against Adrian with a score of 66-26. The Swiftettes, meanwhile do superb against their rival local team: 78 to Happy’s 34. The JV won 61-10. In the previous game, score was Swiftettes 97 – Adrian 16. The JV beat Holy Cross varsity 48-18.
AND: Thursday, January 23rd, 4 p.m., AREA 1 FFA TRACTOR TECH CONTEST
POSSIBLE SCHOLARSHIPS REVIEW ANNOUNCED BY TTAF
The Texas Telephone Association Foundation has announced it will award six Texas students four-year college scholarships in the amount of $1,500 per year to students entering college for the 2014-2015 school year.
The TTAF Scholarship Committee will review applications and give special consideration to students pursuing a college degree in fields of interest in communications such as math, business, education, technology, engineering, and computer science. Completed scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than March 28, 2014.
Any students applying for the scholarship must be a U.S. citizen, graduating from a Texas high school no later than June, 2014, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and planning to begin college by the fall of 2014.
To apply for this scholarship opportunity, contact your local school counselor or go towww.tta.org and click on the TTA Foundation Scholarship Link for an application and more information.