Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Delicious and Successful
“The best turkey and fixings we’ve had” said one patron leaving the Sunday, Nov. 23rd Annual Turkey Dinner Fundraiser for the Christian Mothers of Nazareth. Tanya Ethridge, co-chair of the event along with Vanessa Welps and Ann Nelson, reported that there were 583 dinners served. She also commented that this year’s three younger coordinators have learned a huge respect for the women of past years that have taken on this great responsibility. “The spirit of the dinner’s participants and volunteers was uplifting, and we appreciate all who helped us from the youngest servers to the eldest advisors – and we give special recognition to Affiliated Foods and Nathan Hoelting for donating 30 turkeys for the cause.” The table decorations were organized by Tausha Schacher and Tracy Ramsey with the turkey-theme artwork coming from the NISD grade-schoolers.
Besides the dinner, the Art Club of Nazareth under the coordination of Elaine Kern, brought together many and varied craft makers for the Annual Bazaar held in the school cafeteria. “From welding work to fancy sewing, the booths glittered with holiday charm – thanks to all who purchased and to all who handmade the crafts”, said Kern. Another special part of the fundraiser event was the “baby-bottle banks” to support the outreach of the Lubbock Nurturing Center.
NHS Student Wins Cash Prize
On November 18th, NHS student Jake Waldo won first place at the 8th Annual Youth Entrepreneur Fair, held at the Cole Community Center in Canyon, TX. For his presentation about his “Ready to Go” business: Waldo Lawn Care, Jake won a cash prize of $1,000. Besides earning valuable experience in business planning and marketing their ideas, top finishers in the field of 35 contestants received cash prizes totaling $4,500. Generous donors of the prize money for the Youth E-Fair were Amarillo National Bank, Peoples Bank, Happy State Bank, First United Ban, Canyon Noon Lions Club, John Bertsch-Investment Centers of America, Cargill Cattle Feeders, Soil Mender Products, Holy Family Church, Swisher Electric Cooperative, and Tulia Rotary Club. In addition, Moore Than Medicine (Tulia) and Colonial Funeral Home (Dimmitt) sponsored the E-Fair’s lunch.
Winners of the prizes were selected based on total points earned in five key areas: Business Plan & Financials, Interview with Judges, Fair Exhibit, and Business Viability. Judges for the E-Fair were Heath Acker, Amarillo National Bank; Ana Lozoya, WTA&M Small Business Development Center; Haley Martinkewiz and Bethany Wilcox, WTAMU ENACTUS members; Daisy Balderas, Gold Star Trust Company, and Kyle Birkenfeld, Soilmender Products, LP.
They Youth E-Fair is conducted annually by Ogallala Commons, a nonprofit education and leadership organization, with additional sponsorship from WTAMU Enterprise Center and the WT Small Business Development Center.
1) Holy Family Church invites everyone to celebrate a Spiritual Thanksgiving Service at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Collection will go to the We Care Food Bank of Nazareth and families may bring a food item for blessing at the Altar that day.
2) Castro County’s Christmas Food and Gift Outreach to elders and shut-ins will be on Tuesday, Dec. 16th. Gift boxes (some are still available) should be returned to the church by Dec. 13/14 in preparation for distribution.
Peoples Bank honored Kira Schulte as the employee of the quarter for the 3rd quarter in 2014. Schulte is the smiling face at the drive up window in Nazareth branch of Peoples and expresses by her attention and helpfulness the goals of this local community support business. Kira has been with Peoples Bank of Nazareth for over two years. Larry Allen, CEO and Chairman of the Board, said: “Kira is always a joy to be around for our customers and our employees.”
Elementary and Junior High Win at UIL Meet
By: Principal, Jeanie Birkenfeld
Nazareth Elementary and Junior High students recently competed in the District 4A UIL Academic meet. Nazareth won both divisions by having students place in nearly every event. In many events, all three of Nazareth’s contestants placed. Most teachers coached at least one contest, which allows the school to involve most of its staff and many students. We had 75 students compete and 23 of 29 staff members as coaches. This is truly a concerted school-wide effort to help students compete in academics and to grow in areas that are not always graded in the classroom. It gives our students such confidence to be able to participate successfully in so many varied events.
The official team scores for District 4A:
Elementary: Junior High:
Busy Week for Nazareth FFA
Nazareth High School FFA members showed their dedication both in Area wins as well as in the Fall Fundraiser of Smoked Hams. Members under the direction of Austin Heck, NISD Ag teacher, with some adult volunteers, helped to smoke, wrap, and distribute an almost unbelievable 920 hams. And they are delicious – if any of them remain for the Thanksgiving table!
On top of this a number of members won honors in Area competitions: Area leadership results: Green hand quiz: 4th Place: Garrison Kleman, Faithe Huseman, Alli Carson, Maddi Carson, and Tate Schulte. Public Relations: 9th Place: Tommy Russell-King, Alicia Kay Straley, Lexi Huseman, Morgan Nelson, and Payton Robb.
Everyone did a great job representing Nazareth FFA. They competed against all FFA chapters 1a through 6a, from Slaton to Spearman and Childress to Farwell. In Greenhand creed- Garrison Kleman was 5th overall, while in Senior creed – Luis-Miguel Franco was 6th overall. For our Radio team, they took 7th overall: Kaden Hatla, Mason Kleman, Luis Miguel Franco, Megan Pierson. Also, thank you Ashley Kleman for help driving the students to contest.