December 20, 2016~Year 9, No. 20

picture2On Monday December 12, fifteen Nazareth FFA students attended the Plainview District FFA banquet. During the official meeting, Teri Burnett performed her last duties as the district Vice President. Bryson High was elected district president for the 2016-2017 year, and Garrison Kleman was elected as an Area officer candidate for the Plainview District. During the meeting students who placed at the district LDE’s this fall received their banners. Nazareth won 15 banners. In the talent portion, Garrison Kleman performed “Christmas Halleluiah” and earned third place. Congratulations to all of these students!

picture3Garrison Kleman and Bryson High



picture4Thursday, December 16th, was filled with excitement as the Catholic Churches of Castro County hosted Christmas for Elders and Shut-ins. Holy Family Parish of Nazareth, St. John’s Parish of Hart, and the Immaculate Conception of Mary Church in Dimmitt gathered dozens of volunteers to host the event. Special love packaged gifts and a traditional Turkey Dinner were delivered to residents of the county, while nearly fifty attended the dinner at the cafeteria of Immaculate Conception Church. This is the 9th year for this event that reaches out to elders and shut-ins in the county.



Tucker Huseman

All-District 1st Team Wide Receiver

All-District 1st Team Kicker

All-District 1st Team Linebacker

All-Region 1st Team Linebacker

All-Region 2nd Team Wide Receiver

All-Region 2nd Team Kicker

Jake Waldo

All-District 1st Team Tight End

All-District 1st Team Defensive Lineman

All-Region 2nd Team Tight End

All-Region Honorable Mention Defensive Lineman

Traytan McLain

All-District Offensive MVP

All-District 1st Team Safety

All-Region 1st Team Running Back

All-Region 2nd Team Safety

Tristan McLaurin

All-District 2nd Team Noseguard

Jake Gerber

All-District Defensive MVP

All-District 1st Team Utility Back

All-Region 1st Team Utility Back

All-Region 1st Team Cornerback

Jacob Moroney

All-District 1st Team Spread Center

All-Region Honorable Mention Spread Team

Eric Hill

All-District 2nd Team Utility Player

Nathaneal Van Dijk

All-District Newcomer of the Year

All-District 2nd Team Runningback

All-District 2nd Team Cornerback

All-Region New Comer of the Year




With many relatives here in Nazareth, Grant Kleman was loved, befriended, and mourned here in Nazareth at the announcement of his death. He was born on May 8, 1998, attended school in McKinney, TX., and attended Texas Tech this last semester. He passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Grant is lovingly remembered by family and friends, especially his smile, laugh, personality, and goofiness. One friend said: “Grant was a light to this world not to be forgotten”.

His mother, Jennifer Kleman, described her son as a born entrepreneur, and this brought him to business studies at Texas Tech for the last few months. He started his own business at age twelve doing car detailing and then doing work with concrete and crushed granite. A Texas Tech University spokesman said, “The University community extends its deepest sympathies and lowered flags in his honor.” A Funeral Mass was held at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in McKinney on Dec. 19th. Memorial donations may be sent to 110 S. Gabriel Way McKinney TX 75070 c/o Shawn Harmon.


Even though he’s lived many years in South Dakota, Ronnie had “history” here in our Nazareth community through his relatives, many school friends, and early work here in the area. He made a little more history by marrying Joan, the daughter of the NISD School Superintendent, John Slavik. Ronald was born on March 26, 1942 in Dimmitt, Texas to Margaret Szydloski and Rudolph Braddock.

He is survived by his wife: Joan Braddock of Gayville, SD; two children, Gary Braddock of Littleton, CO; Anita Braddock of Justin, TX; two grandchildren and one great grandchild; one sister, Genevieve Ward of Amarillo; two brothers, Bernard and Donald Braddock, and one sister-in-law, Judy Forestieri. Memorial Mass was celebrated Dec. 10th, with burial in Holy Family Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090 Baltimore, MD 21297-0303



Nazareth School bands helped warm up the community’s Christmas spirit on Thursday evening, Dec. 16th, as various bands from 5th to 12th grades entertained guests at the school gym. Even though the 5th graders were new this year with their instruments, their presentation was quite enjoyable. Junior High musicians have continued to grow in excellence while the high school band shared music that excited all in attendance. A number of soloists performed with the band, showing their talents in a jazzy Christmas song. Attendees at the concert were especially appreciative of Mr. Lanny Frederiksen’s ability to not only teach music, but to enthuse the children and youth in having fun with music and performance.


Swift Kicks will not publish over the next two weeks of the holiday season.  We will resume weekly publication again on Wednesday, January 11th.  Swift Kicks wishes a very Merry Christmas & Happy 2017 to all our readers in the community and across the nation!


Summer Internship Opportunity

Since 2008, more than a dozen teenagers from Nazareth have participated in a Community Internship, carrying out projects and tasks that help our village.  These interns also gained valuable work experience, professional skills development, network building, and career exploration. Currently, Abby Schmucker is working through her second Community Internship. Holy Family Church and other community partners are seeking internship applicants for the coming summer, who will participate in a structured program conducted by Ogallala Commons. Contact Darryl Birkenfeld (945-2255 or in order to obtain an application.  If there are suitable candidates, more than one Community Intern may be selected.  The application period will close January 15th.


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