BAND CONCERT DISPLAYS TALENTED YOUTH
As with many famous bands, so also the Nazareth High & Jr. High Band had opening bands to “warm up the crowd”! On Thursday night, May 14th, in the Nazareth Gym, with its echoing acoustics that make small orchestras reverberate with magnitude, the 5th Grade eighteen member band lead off the evening of talented musical experiences. This was followed by the 6th Grade fifteen member band that picked up the pace of accomplishment, and led into the quite accomplished High/Jr.High fourteen member orchestra that roused up the crowd of parents and community supporters.
Mr. Lanny Frederiksen, the NISD music director, shared that many of the exciting works were pieces that had gained the musicians scores of 2-1/2 to 3 from their areas contests (4 is highest score). “Although I spend hours of time listening to CD’s of music that our students might play, many times it’s the excitement of the players themselves that helps me to choose a piece for a concert — an example of that is the last number of our concert with a great display for sax, clarinet, and flute — called Novena by James Swearingen”.
During the concert, Mr. Frederickson, thanked all of the band students for their concerted effort and successes. Reluctantly, since all his students did so well, he gave special achievement awards to 5th Grader, Tagan Ramsey; 6th grader, Merry Gerber; and High Schooler, Lars Schilderink for their dedication.
Nazareth Competes in Austin
More State medals were brought back to Nazareth by the track runners. The girls competed in Austin May 16. Sophomore Shania Schacher placed second in the 400m dash, Faithe Huseman, Allie Schulte, Abby Schmucker, and Shania Schacher combined to run a 4:19:26 for a third place finish in the 4×400 relay. Tarah Hill, Shania Schacher, Faithe Huseman, and Allie Schulte also competed in the 4×100 relay. They finished tied for 7th in team standings. The girls placed 3rd overall as a team at the Regional Meet. The 4×100 relay placed 2nd, the 4×400 relay placed 2nd, and Shania Schacher placed 1st in the 400 for the second straight year. This will make 13 combined State appearances in 4 sports for these 5 girls just this year! Thankful for all of our athletes!
Four more students will be competing at State UIL Academics in Austin May 26. Payton Robb and Taylor Damron will compete in feature writing, Paige Gerber in Headlines, and Katherine Fulkerson in Spelling & Vocabulary.
MAN OF COURAGE FACED LIFE WITH SMILE AND (LONG!) HANDSHAKE
“He was a good-will ambassador all over Nazareth when he lived here” said Joel, honoring his brother Paul Gerber, in a sharing at the funeral vigil, Thursday. Paul, challenged by effects of childhood encephalitis, was almost 60 years of age, but always young-at-heart, and deeply loved by his family, especially his mother, Alvina. He passed away on May 11, 2015 in Amarillo.
Paul Gerber was born on August 26, 1955, to Leonard Gerber and Alvina Schmucker Gerber. Paul was extraordinary, enjoying his family, a cold coke, and joyrides, but mostly, being around people. Most recently, Paul was a resident of Community Options group home in Amarillo.
Paul is survived by his mother, Alvina Gerber of Nazareth, 1 sister, Connie Backus and husband Fritz of Hereford, 3 brothers all of Nazareth, Mark Gerber, Mick Gerber and wife Jane, Joel Gerber and wife Mary Beth, and one brother living in Canyon, Roger Gerber and wife Glenda; an uncle and an aunt, Lawrence Schmucker of Nazareth and Jerri Gerber of Canyon; 12 nieces and nephews and 20 great-nieces and nephews. His father, Leonard Gerber, died in 2001.
The family suggests any memorials to Holy Family Catholic Cemetery Fund, Box 100, Nazareth, Texas or to Community Options of Amarillo, 7470 Golden Pond, Amarillo, Texas 79121. Paul’s nephew, Fr. Nicholas Gerber of Canadian was joined by Fr. Ken Keller and Deacon Bob Birkenfeld for the funeral in Holy Family Church.
Playa Classroom Hosts Visitors
Last Friday, a group of 21 visitors from Lubbock, Amarillo, and surrounding towns attended a Playa Management Field Day at the OC Playa Classroom south of Nazareth. Those attending did some walking surveys of the lush uplands pasture and the playa basin filled with vegetation and some toads A highlight was the presentation of playa amphibians by Robert Martin of Santa Fe, NM, for his amazing live specimens (toads, frogs, a salamanders, a snapping turtle, and even a bull snake). In the photo, Mr. Martin is displaying a woodhouse’s and great plains toads, which are very common in playas of the Texas Panhandle.