May 31, 2017~Year 9, No. 42

Nazareth Wins State Meet

Six Nazareth students competed in Austin on May 22-23 for state UIL speaking.

Several students previously competed in other events and with the combined points won from all of the students, Nazareth took the 1st place title in the 1A division for the entire state UIL academic meet. This is the first time to ever happen at NISD.

Five out of the six speakers medaled, which put Nazareth’s total point count at 130, beating the second place team by 28.5 points.


Speaking Results:

Poetry: Tobie Peterson 5th place

Prose:                   Teri Burnett                        3rd place

Persuasive:         Garrison Kleman              5th place

Tarah Hill                              6th place

Picture1UIL speakers and coaches


McLain Competes at State Golf

On May 22-23, junior Traytan McLain competed at Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin. He is the first state qualifying golfer from Nazareth ISD since 2009.

McLain had a very successful season this year. He placed first at district, and second at regional after the state bound teams were taken out. He shot a 92 both days at the regional tournament to qualify for state. At the state meet, McLain placed thirty-second out of seventy competitors with a combined score of 190.

The boys’ golf team included Traytan McLain, Tucker Huseman, Tristan McLain, Tristan Nelson, and Brayden Dyer. The team placed fourth at regional,

only one place away from state advancement.

Emily Dyer and Kinzi Cleavinger were the only girls to compete in golf. They advanced to regional as individuals.

Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic season!


Traytan McLain



For God and Country

Bob Schulte, commander of Nazareth’s Francis Wilhelm Memorial American Legion Post 528 salutes as members of the post’s color guard and rifle squad present arms, and members of Holy Family Church pay their respects in the background during the playing of “Taps” as part of the annual Memorial Day ceremonies held at Holy Family Church and Holy Family Cemetery. The firing of a 21-gun salute to deceased veterans preceded this moment in the proceedings. Parish members and guests joined in prayers of appreciation for the service of those gone before, and for guidance of the nation and its leaders. (Photo by Jim Steiert)

Picture3Memorial Day Ceremony


Coming Home: Nazareth Native Son Memorialized

Eugene “Gene” Anthony Schmucker, 65, of Sanger, Texas passed away on Wednesday May 24, 2017 in Denton, Texas. He was born on September 8, 1951 in Dimmitt, Texas to Joe and Amy (Gerber) Schmucker. He married Michele Wilhelm in Nazareth, Texas in 1973.

After beginning his life as a farmer in Nazareth, Texas, Gene moved his family to Wichita Falls, Texas where he worked for 27 years with St. Gobain/CertainTeed. He was later transferred to Bryan, Texas where he worked at Saint Gobain/Norpro for 7 years until retirement.  He umped high school baseball and coached The Babe Ruth League in Nazareth, eventually coaching his own children in baseball and softball in Wichita Falls. Gene was active in Notre Dame Schools and Our Lady Queen of Peace Church.

He was loved for his dry sense of humor and his peculiar choice of music. He also loved his LA Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Texas A&M Aggies.

Those who continue to celebrate Gene’s life and love are his wife of 43 years, Michele, two daughters, Genese (David) Rodriguez, Cassie (Jason) Willis, two sons, Jeremy Schmucker, Brad (Carolyn) Schmucker, two sisters, Mary Ann Schulte, Janet Schmucker, two brothers, Ray (Mary Lou) Schmucker, Dan (Ethel) Schmucker, brother-in-law, Clyde Hoelting, sister-in-law, Bobbie Schmucker and fifteen grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Amy Schmucker, brother, Jim Schmucker, sister, Bea Hoelting, in-laws, Francis and Betty Wilhelm and daughter-in-law, Angie Schmucker.

Funeral services were at Holy Family on Saturday, May 27 followed by burial in Holy Family Cemetery.


Gene Schmucker


New Interns in Town

After two years and around 100 publications of Swift Kicks, Abby Schmucker passed down her weekly newsletter duties to Katherine Fulkerson at the beginning of May.

Abby became the community intern after her sophomore year, and worked for two years performing many tasks, with the greatest responsibility being the publication of Swift Kicks.

“I have enjoyed getting to publish the community newsletter for the past two years,” Schmucker said. “It is great to keep up with what is going on in the community, and it was great to be able to provide the community with current information.”

Other jobs within Abby’s internship include creating a new community map, photographing the headstones in the cemetery, working in the church office, and writing articles about the town’s growth and development.

“This internship was a great opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone and experience things that I wasn’t used to,” Schmucker said. “I know that this experience will help me in the future, and I am so thankful for the skills I have gained because of the internship.”

Katherine Fulkerson and four others will assume the roles as community interns for the coming summer.


Community Announcements

Olen Schulte Memorial Team Roping and Wild West Show

The roping will be on Saturday, June 17 this year. Team roping will be in the morning and wild west events will be after church. We will be serving sausage wraps at the concession stand. Mason Kleman, Logan Robb, and Steven Birkenfeld will be entertaining that evening. All proceeds go to the Olen Schulte Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Expanding Our Outreach

Know someone who wants to be more informed about the Nazareth community? Suggest the weekly Swift Kicks Blog post! Just sent their name with email address to to get signed up!

Final Grades

Report cards will only go out to parents who request them. Call or stop by school before June 8.

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