May 11, 2016 ~ Year 7, No. 127


Picture1Picture2    Both the junior class and the senior class along with their dates enjoyed a memorable night at the “Tea for Two” themed prom.

With a total of over 40 students including some underclassmen and out-of-town dates, the room was filled with formal dresses and suits.

The junior class was in charge of putting on this year’s prom for the seniors, and after two days of decorating, the school cafeteria was completely different, portraying the theme of ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

All who attended, including some faculty and school board members, were entertained with a senior speech and slideshow, a meal, and a dance.


Picture4Congrats to Roxanne Wilhelm and Lexi Huseman. Both will be receiving Texas 4-H scholarships at the State Roundup in June. Roxanne will receive a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship, and Lexi will receive a 4-H foundation scholarship. Both have worked hard to earn their high levels of leadership and skill.


Picture3Seniors Kelsey Espenson, Aubrie Durbin, and Roxanne Wilhelm attended the AgTexas banquet after applying for a scholarship through the organization. Kelsey Espenson was awarded a $1000 scholarship that evening.

Other seniors who are receiving FFA scholarships include Lars Schilderink and Lexi Huseman. Both won a $2000 National FFA scholarship.


Picture5Picture6Two of the recipients of the recent Future of Nazareth Foundation Fund grants were the Nazareth Community Ballpark and the Nazareth Heritage Museum. Each received $5,000 to be used for necessary and useful improvements of their facilities, which will improve the community aspect as a whole both now and in the future.


Picture7Kyler Clark, 15, son of Dennis Birkenfeld and Kayla Clark Birkenfeld of Nazareth, Texas, died Saturday, May 7, 2016. A special funeral service is planned for 2:00 p.m., Friday, May13th, at the Nazareth Community Hall with Elder Earl Behrends of the Church of Christ ministering.  Family visitation as well as a time to write messages to be tied to balloons will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Balloon release and an Air Horn Salute will follow the service.  Volunteers with trucks are asked to park them on the lot north of the hall where the balloon release will occur. An Ashes-to-the-Wind ceremony will occur later at the family home.

Kyler was born on December 23, 2000 in Lubbock, Texas. Kyler was a Freshman at Nazareth High School. He enjoyed outdoor sports, including fishing and hunting. He wanted to attend Amarillo College and get his CDL and be a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his Great Grandparents: Chris and Rose Birkenfeld and Joe and Dorothy Lange.

Survivors: Parents: Dennis and Kayla Birkenfeld of Nazareth, TX

2 Sisters: Jordan Birkenfeld and Ashlin Birkenfeld, both of the home

Grandparents: Joe Lynn and Mary Lou Birkenfeld of Nazareth, TX, Martha Clark of Friona, TX, Danny Clark of Littlefield, TX.  Great Grandparents: Eugene and Louise Gray of Dumas, TX, Wayne and Pat Clark of Muleshoe, TX.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to a Kyler Clark Memorial Fund at Peoples Bank of Nazareth, P.O. Box 309, Nazareth, TX  79063.



Last Friday, May 6, the Nazareth Swifts’ baseball season ended in a hard fought battle for the Bi-District title. The team lost to Gruver, a top team of the area, 6-1. “I am very proud of the way the team came out and worked hard to get better everyday,” Coach William Raphelt said. “I also want to thank the many fans that came out and supported the team all year. It was a fun and exciting year at the ball park.” Congratulations to the team on a great season! They were able to overcome many battles and tough losses to still finish with a strong overall season.


Naz News

Spring Band Concert: Thursday, May 12th, in the Gym at 6:30

Backpack Recycling – As school ends, please consider donating this last year’s backpack to our Recycle for Caring, that will distribute these through the We Care Food Pantry in August.

Bring backpack to Mrs. Birkenfeld at school or place in the Church foyer.  Thanks

Exercise Camp For Seniors:  starting on May 17th and having sessions each Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the Home Merc.

Swiftette Basketball Camp form deadline May 20th. Camp will occur May 31-June 3.   Forms in Post Office

Farewell Party in Honor of Chris and Becky Samford, Sunday, May 22nd from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Home Merc.  Come out and wish them well.

Blood Drive for Nazareth – Tuesday, May 24th, from 2 pm to 7 pm in the Community Hall.  Free T-shirt and a chance to win bicycles.  Must be at least 17 yrs old with ID.

Booking spaces: For Community Hall – K’Lynn Gerber at 647-6057.  For Senior Citizens Center: Evie Albracht at 945-2587



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