BENEFIT TEAM ROPING
Hundreds of rodeo fans gathered at the Marvin Schulte Arena on Sunday June 7 for the Olen Schulte Memorial Team Roping and Chute Dogging.
The afternoon began with teams competing in the roping in which Todd Bradley earned champion header and Brian Bradley won champion heeler.
Following the second round of roping, fifteen cowboys competed in the chute dogging event with Kyle Birkenfeld finishing as champion.
The proceeds of the event will contribute to the Olen Schulte Scholarship Fund.
Keli Schulte stated, “I am still overwhelmed by the amount of people that came out for this event. It’s amazing to see what an impact my dad had on so many people.”
Brigitta Dobmeier was joined by family and friends to celebrate her special birthday held at the Castro County Nursing Home in Dimmitt on Sunday, June 7th. As she wisely pointed out, “this begins my 100th year of life” – given that we don’t start counting birthdays until our one year celebration. Since Brigitta doesn’t eat cake, the family provided cookies for everyone and a giant decorated one for her. “This is just a lot of fun and I’m glad that all these people came to be with me,” responded Dobmeier. Many of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren joined her for the celebration. Brigitta and her late husband, Leo, were married in 1938 in Nebraska, then taking up residence here in Nazareth with their thirteen children, eleven of whom are still living.
Hello, family, friends, faculty, staff, and members of the school board here with us today. I am honored to be with you as the Nazareth Class of 2015’s Valedictorian. I would like to thank each and every one of you for being with us through all of our success and tribulations. Also, I thank each of you for sticking it out with us. It really means a lot.
As the Graduating Class of 2015 we need to express our gratitude for the wonderful opportunities that we were exposed to. We are privileged to have attended this school because it offers a world class education – of that we have no doubt. As we make a transition into life beyond high school, I am sure that the fine education that we received will help us excel in our future endeavors. Our thanks must also extend to our family and friends. Without your continuous support, from coming to sporting events, helping with donations, and standing behind us in anything we want to do, we would not be where we are today. Finally, I would like to thank our parents. You have pushed our education, but more importantly, you have remained committed to us. You have stood by our sides, even when things may have seemed a bit rocky-being our stability in times of turmoil, hesitancy and our quest for independence. Without y’all directing us in the right path, we would not be the young men and women we are today.
Dr. Seuss said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Throughout our years at Nazareth High School, our class has done some pretty remarkable things in my mind. I believe one of the biggest achievements we have accomplished is making it to playoffs in every sport this year. In addition to that, our class has made 2 appearances to national contests in FFA, 13 state appearances in FFA, 2 state appearances in Academics, and 4 state appearances in sports. My classmates have given the best of their abilities in everything they have done, and in turn they have accomplished so much and helped me to strive for greatness. Aside from our accomplishments, we have also had many great memories I will never forget. The many times and experiences I had with my classmates will truly be the things I will miss the most.
After we depart today, our memories of the times we shared together will never leave our minds. New relationships will be gained and a whole new chapter of our lives will begin. We will all acquire our own definition of independence. And knowing that this is the last time for the Nazareth Class of 2015 causes mixed emotions of enthusiasm, delight, hesitation, anxiety, and yes even grief.
In the words of Denzel Washington, “’Nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.’” Throughout life, we all will be take risks and will either fail or succeed. I hope that we learn something from each of those risks. Dreams and goals are what have gotten us here. Now that one chapter in our life has been completed; all new dreams and goals will be set. Whether it is to become a doctor or coach sports, we will be faced with many obstacles. Never lose sight of your goals and always follow what your heart desires. Without goals, success is unachievable, but I believe all of us will succeed!
Dr. Seuss once said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” In life, you will be faced with many battles in which you have to decide whether or not you are going to fight them. Choose your battles and use your energy and time wisely where they can do the most good in areas that are closest to your heart. Also, stay true to who you are when you leave here and go to college. Make your own unique, individual mark on the world in anything and everything you do! Be true to the very best that is in you and live your life consistent with your highest values and aspirations. Those who are most successful in life have dared to creatively express themselves and in turn, broadened the experiences and perspectives of everyone else.
It will not be easy transitioning into our new lives of independence and responsibility; however, I have faith that each and every one of us can do it. Finally, I would like to leave you with one last quote from Winston Churchill, “Success is stumbling failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Whatever you do the rest of your life, do it with the utmost enthusiasm, and everything will be much better.
I would like to thank you all again for the continuous and incredible support you have given us throughout the years, and I know this is not just the end of something but also the start of something bigger and better, our lives. Thanks again and Wreck ‘em!