May 24, 2017~Year 9, No. 41

Nazareth ISD Graduates Fifteen

Saturday, May 20, the 2017 seniors gathered with family, friends and community to celebrate and receive their diploma. The ceremony included speeches from Valedictorian Abby Schmucker, Salutatorian Ellen Schilderink, and a commencement address by Deacon Bob Birkenfeld.

All fifteen of the graduates plan to attend college in the fall. Congratulations to the graduates! Our thoughts and prayers will be with them as they continue onto the next journey.

Teri Burnett– West Texas A&M                                Daniil Sirenko– Midland College

Alee Christian– West Texas A&M                             Jake Waldo– Texas Tech University

Lexy Ethridge– West Texas A&M

Isaiah Flores– Amarillo College

Paige Gerber– Texas Tech University

Carlie Heiman– University of Oklahoma

Tarah Hill– Texas Tech University

Tucker Huseman– South Plains College

Waylon Leavitt– South Plains College

Shania Schacher– Amarillo College

Ellen Schilderink– Tarleton State University

Abby Schmucker– Texas Christian University

Allie Schulte– Lubbock Christian University

Picture1.pngSalutatorian Ellen Schilderink

Picture2.pngValedictorian Abby Schmucker


Ten Advance to State Tennis

Nazareth High School sent five doubles teams to the state tournament held on May 18 and 19. The teams were Allie Schulte and Kamryn Schulte, Lexy Ethridge and Cambrie Heiman, Paige Gerber and Traytan McLain, Christen Damron and Jake Waldo, and Slade Gerber and Jake Gerber.

Paige and Traytan placed third in the mixed doubles, and Slade and Jake placed second in the boys’ doubles. Allie and Kamryn placed first in the girls’ doubles. In the Schultes’ championship game, the sets were 6-2, 3-6, and 6-1.

Congratulations to all the tennis players on a fantastic season!

Picture3.pngKamryn and Allie Schulte with tennis coach Taylor Schulte


Community Announcements

If you will not be able to work a shift at this year’s German Fest or Suds N Sounds please contact Tanya Ethridge at 806-369-5311 or Kandal Wethington at 806-683-8611 and we will take your name off the list and add you to the donation list. This year’s event will be on July 8th. Thanks.

Nazareth swim night is on every Wednesday this summer at Tulia, starting June 7 thru August 9 from 6 to 8. Cost is $50 per family for the entire summer or $3 per person per night. Please let Tracy Ramsey know if you are willing to sign up as family and if you are still interested since it is at a different place this year. Remember anyone from Nazareth can come or you can bring a guest.


Life-long Resident Dies

Known throughout the Nazareth area because of his love of family and church, and for his untiring delivery work with West Texas Gas Company of Dimmitt, Ricky Dobmeier died Friday, May 19, 2017 in his home in Nazareth.  Seventy years old, Richard Dobmeier was born here February 22, 1947, the son of Leo and Brigitta Hochstein Dobmeier.

For years, he had been a faithful son visiting his 101 year old mother, Brigitta, at the Castro County Nursing Home.  He was recently retired from West Texas Gas Company, was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survivors include mother:  Brigitta Dobmeier of Nazareth, 4 brothers: Allen Dobmeier and wife Stephanne of Nazareth, Gene Dobmeier and deceased wife Jackie, Neil Dobmeier  and wife Sue of Garden Dale, Texas, and Glenn Dobmeier of Austin, 6 sisters:  Judith Irlbeck and husband David of Grygla, MN. , Janice Johnson and husband Joe Dee of Nazareth, Susan Murff and husband Dennis of Manchaca, Texas, Gail McCandles and husband Robert of Livingston, Texas, Rena Hellstein and husband Tim of Seabrook, Texas, and Elaine Culver and husband Michael of Levelland,  numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, 1 brother- Ronald Dobmeier and 1 sister-Mary Ann Dobmeier.

His funeral was Tuesday, May 22nd at Holy Family Church, with burial following. Memorials may be sent to Holy Family Cemetery Fund P.O. Box 100 Nazareth, Texas  79063.


Baccalaureate Speech: Senior Tarah Hill

I can remember being little and dreaming about the day that I would be in high school. Dreams such as winning a state gold medal in basketball, being elected FFA officer, winning at the Houston stock show, or getting accepted to the college of your dreams. Or, for myself, being a high school cheerleader, getting my license and my first car, and wearing a beautiful dress to the prom.  With my class of 2017, these dreams aren’t dreams — they’re reality.

Now, we move forward in life’s transition, such as college and a career – into the so called “greatest time of our lives” — and we know we are going to face adversity and struggle in the midst of fears.  My advice:  lean on God’s word, such as Romans 8: 31: “What, then, shall we say in response to these trials, tribulations, fears?  If God is for us, then who can stand against us?”  Trust in God’s presence and great plan!

To the juniors –  in short — lead well! You are all the role models for this entire school now, and do not think for a second that someone is not always noticing, so work hard to set that good example.

To the 8th graders –  As Mrs. Huseman’s Aide in English class, I could tell you do love each other, whether you want to admit it or not. But please, continue to encourage each other. Make friendships that will last forever. Work hard in class for, contrary to popular belief, your freshman year grades really do matter. And about extracurricular activities – just get involved. And lastly, enjoy yourself.

To the community – We are so blessed being raised in Nazareth. The devotion, faith, and kindness in this community helped shape each of us into the people that we are today.

To the school – Our thanks to every one of you. Nazareth ISD is not a building, but a family of supportive and hand-working people. Even when you swore you wouldn’t be able to make it through the year with us, not a single one of you ever gave up on us. And for that we thank you.

To our families – You had the most difficult, yet most important job. Thanks to each of you for supporting us when times got tough, cheering us on through our successes and triumph.  You have done an amazing job!

To my classmates — During the last ten years with ya’ll, I’ve learned that you, without a doubt, are some of the most exceptional people I have ever met. I encourage you, one more time, in the direction of your dreams. Keep the faith; keep the love, for “if our God is for us, then who can ever stop us”.

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