SWIFTS AND SWIFTETTES—STATE BOUND
Excelling seems to be extremely consistent at Nazareth ISD, and the cross country teams are starting the athletic year on the right path.
On Monday, October 26, the UIL Region I Cross Country Meet was held at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock, Texas. Following the 3A-6A boys and girl races, the 1A competitions were held in the afternoon.
The girls team competed at 1:00 p.m., but they didn’t let the afternoon heat affect their success. Caitlin Kleman ran a 12:50 two mile time finishing fourth followed by Laci Backus in 12th. Faithe Huseman was close behind in 16th, and Shania Schacher and Blakely Gerber finished together in 23rd and 24th, sealing off the team’s top five runners in the top 25 of the entire meet.
In the boys’ race, Brady Robb led the team coming in 14th with a time of 18:21, and he was followed by Slade Gerber in 33rd, Tyler Ramsey in 36th, Tate Schulte in 51st, Dustin Kern in 65th, and Tucker Huseman in 73rd.
At the awards ceremony for the state qualifiers, the swifts were completely stunned to be announced as the fourth place team qualifying for the state meet November 7th in Round Rock, Texas. The swiftettes were announced as the regional champions and the first qualifying team for the state meet.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of the runners yesterday,” Coach Cassie Stegall said. “The girls knew that they were the team to beat and every person did their part to seal the championship. The boys stepped up and finished with personal bests that pushed them ahead of district rival, Hart, for a qualifying position as a team. It was an incredible day and we are looking forward to continuing this success at state!”
Youthful Creations on Display
Selected artwork by elementary students, along with some Jr. High and High School students from Nazareth Schools, was
beautifully displayed at a weekend Art Showcase at the Home Mercantile Building.
Thanks to Ms. Hatley, our school’s stellar Art Teacher, and to Glen Waldo, for coordinating this event. We look forward to another Art Showcase in the spring semester.
Thanks also to parents and other adults who purchased art from the students. Due to your support, around $900 was gathered through this project, to aid the restoration of the wooden floor in the Home Mercantile.
NAZARETH HOSTS 150 WOMEN FOR CONVENTION
Catholic Women of the Diocese of Amarillo came together from the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle for talks, sharing, and meetings. “Sowers of Hope” was the theme of this 79th annual Fall Convention, held Friday and Saturday at the Community Hall and hosted this year by Holy Family Church’s Christian Mothers. The convention was opened by Bishop Patrick J. Zurek as he offered a Mass using the theme of hope as seen among the women of the bible. Besides the business meeting, attendees heard presentations by Tracy Rogers on Human Trafficking, Nanette Nguyen on her faith journey, and the Disciple Sisters from Channing.
The award for the Diocesan Catholic Woman of the Year was presented to Julie Neusch (St. Theresa’s Church of Panhandle) who is the daughter of Willie Faye Huseman and the late Robert Huseman of Nazareth.
LIFE-LONG NAZARETH FARMER DIES
James Acker, 89, seemed to love his birthday of October 21 as he lived through the entire day before passing away minutes past midnight on October 22, 2015 at the VA hospital. James was born in 1926 to Andrew and Catherine Acker in Nazareth, Texas. He was one of twelve children. He grew up and attended schools in Nazareth until he graduated in 1945. After graduation he joined the United States Army. After the Army he moved back to Nazareth where he farmed for many years. After farming he worked for Swisher County for 17 years until he retired. Many people delighted in James antique farm implements displayed around his farm home between Nazareth and Tulia. Recently, for health reasons he and Pearl moved to Plainview. He is survived by his wife Pearl Acker; two daughters; Carri Brekeen and husband Walt of Mansfield, TX and Sherry Acker of Amarillo, TX; two sons; Larry Acker of Duncan, OK and Garry Acker and wife Kanda of Lubbock, TX; one brother Jerry Acker and wife Judy of Nazareth, TX; three sisters; Regina Warren of San Antonio, TX, Aurelia Schoenenberger of Happy, TX and Josetta Heinrich and husband Franklin of Slaton, TX; three grandchildren; Aaron, Corey and J.T. Acker. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and four sisters. Memorials may be sent to Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center 6010 Amarillo Blvd Amarillo, Texas 79106. Funeral and Burial were in Nazareth through Holy Family Church.
NAZARETH ISD – RED RIBBON WEEK
To spread drug awareness and promote “say no to drugs,” students and staff at Nazareth School are participating in dress up days during red ribbon week. Monday was pajama day to put drugs to sleep, Tuesday was cap day to put a lid on drugs, Wednesday is red day to stand up against drugs, Thursday is patriotic day to keep America drug free, and Friday is blue and gold to team up against drugs.
NAZARETH MARSHALL AND CASTRO COUNTY CONSTABLE DIES
Ray Aleman, Jr. 59, of Dimmitt, Texas passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the hospital in Dallas. Ray was born May 11, 1956 to Ramon, Sr. and Maria Lumbrera Aleman in Tulia, Texas. Ray was a resident of Castro County for 45 years. Ray has held many positions within the Dimmitt Police and Sheriff Department, he has been Lieutenant, Deputy Sheriff, Chief of Police, City Marshall for Nazareth, Texas and Constable, having served more than 40 years to the Castro County Law Enforcement, Association of Constables and Peace Officers and the Dimmitt Rotary Club. He married Loretta Vigil on October 6, 1990. Ray was very much respected amongst his family, his friends and the communities he served. His hobbies included fishing, and family gatherings. Ray kept his faith and fought a good fight for his health until the very end.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta Aleman of Dimmitt; three daughters and one son. Funeral services were at the First Baptist Church in Dimmitt on Monday, Oct. 26, with Rev. Ken Keller and Pastor Jonathan Sullivan. Memorials to a favorite charity.