July 20, 2016~Year 8, No. 48



Last week, 15 Nazareth students traveled to Dallas to spend a week with thousands of other FFA members from across the state of Texas during the yearly convention.

Their days were filled with activities throughout the week, including their adventures before the convention began. The group spent time in Arlington as they got to tour the Texas Rangers stadium and make many memories at Six Flags over Texas.

As the convention began on July 12, the Texas FFA Association recorded a notable 7,079 students present and over 1,400 teachers in attendance. The students explored over 100 exhibit hall booths displaying various agricultural learning tools and information. The group attended all the sessions of the convention to explore what makes up the FFA. They learned about the political side of the organization including the meetings and election processes. As the first day came to a close, the students were able to attend an exciting Randy Rogers Concert with great music and dancing.

Wednesday brought day two of the convention, and the activities continued with Nazareth being represented in several ways. Lars Schilderink won a $1000 scholarship with his state champion record book, the dairy cattle team was recognized as the state champions, and Teri Burnett walked across the stage to get her Lonestar degree amongst over 2,000 other FFA members. On Thursday Roxanne Wilhelm received her $10,000 Wallrath scholarship, and the Nazareth FFA Chapter received their Gold ranked chapter award. Also during the convention, Ashley Kleman, Ilona Schilderink, Joe Kleman and Jody Huseman all received their Honorary Lonestar Degree.

Throughout the convention, the students listened to various speakers including Rick Rigsby and the Texas commissioner of agriculture, Syd Miller. The head of the Dallas Police also talked at the convention, and the FFA raised over $13,000 to support the families of the fallen Dallas Police Officers.

The Nazareth FFA group arrived home Friday after a week of learning, fun, and great success. Thank you to their drivers Austin Heck, Jenny Schulte, Curtis and Leigh Durbin and all others who helped make the trip possible.

Picture2Teri Burnett after receiving her lone star degree.

Picture3Austin Heck and Roxanne Wilhelm after being awarded her FFA scholarship.

Picture4Nazareth FFA members who attended the convention include Chandler Schulte, Kristi McAlister, Bryson High, Dylan Howell, Maddie Gfeller, Kim Chavira, Anna Huseman, Faithe Huseman, Riley Durbin, Hattie Robb, Aubrie Durbin, Garrison Kleman, Teri Burnett, Lars Schilderink, and Alee Christian

Picture5Austin Heck and Lars Schilderink with his record book award.



The six members of the Nazareth cheerleading squad and Swifty attended a four day camp in Lubbock to learn new cheerleading skills including chants, dances, cheers, stunts, and jumps as well as a daily team building exercise.

Tarah Hill and Briana Huseman were awarded All-American Cheerleader, and Hydie Dyer earned the mascot legacy award as Swifty. The entire squad won the small school game day championship with their cheer, fight song and dance, and they got second with their extreme dance routine.

Members of the 2015-2016 cheerleading squad include freshman Briana Huseman, sophomore Bree Cornett, juniors Christen Damron, Caitlin Kleman, mascot Hydie Dyer, and seniors Carlie Heiman and Tarah Hill. Nikki Wethington works with the group as cheer sponsor.

Picture6Varsity cheerleaders with their trophy

Picture7Swifty receiving her award



Picture8 Last weekend, Hannah Leavitt, who recently graduated from Nazareth, represented the Swiftettes in Wichita Falls at Midwestern State University in an all-star weekend. Hannah played in the Texas Six Man Coaches Association all-star basketball game as a member of the west team. Her team beat the east side team 63-48.

Congratulations to Hannah for earning this honor and opportunity to play and represent Nazareth in her success. We wish Hannah good luck in her future basketball career as she will play for Frank Phillips College in the coming school year.


Shiraz for a Cause!

Join us for an Evening of Jazz, Food, Wine & Art Saturday, August 6th 7:00pm—10:30pm

Bishop DeFalco Retreat Center

2100 N Spring Amarillo, Texas

$50 per person

Wine raffle ~Live Auction~Casino Tables~ Open bar~Heavy hors d’oeuvres~Music by Patrick Swindell and Pizzazz

Make reservations by phone Or online 806.383.1811 / www.bdrc.org/shiraz


If you are going to be out of town for the Labor Day Celebration on September 4th, or if you will be unable to work please call Leroy Schulte 945-2306 or Lesly Annen 817-975-2150. If you are interested in a Chairman Job for Labor Day please contact Tisha Gerber 336-8521.


Please consider donating last year’s backpack to our Recycle for Caring, we will distribute these through the “We Care” Food Pantry in August or through the school.

Also, this summer, as you shop for your kids school supplies for next year, we invite you please to “share your care” by remembering to buy an “extra” for less privileged students whose families struggle with beginning-of-school expenses. Mrs. Birkenfeld can collect these and see that they go where needed.


Nazareth ISD Open House

Welcome Back to School!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

5:00—7:15 p.m.

– See your friends

– Meet the teachers!

– Bring your school supplies!

Taste Testing-5:30-6:30-Cafeteria

Meet the Teachers/Open House-5-6:30-Classrooms

Parent/Principal Meeting-6:30-7:15-Cafeteria

Hamburger Supper (Peoples Bank)-7:15-8:00-Community Hall

Meet the Swifts & Swiftettes-8:00-Swift Field

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