Naida Katz Class
Naida Katz Koraly
Naida's Daughter Niki
Naida's Son Rob
I have really enjoyed browsing through
the reunion website also. I'm not much on responding frequently, for my husband
and I run a small family-owned business, I have a 17-year old son and a very
active 13-year old daughter, and live in a small town where it seems to take a
lot longer to do things and get places!
My husband is Bob Koraly (Southwest class of 65). On September 7 we
will be married for 32 years -- we were married for 15 years before having our
first child -- time flies when you're having fun! Our children are wonderful,
and we have been very blessed with our life. We both work hard and play hard,
and I still love to dance and "rock out" (much to the embarrassment of
my 13-year old), play tennis and go to the beach. For several years prior to
having children, I had my own advertising and design company, then starting
working with my husband designing and drafting houses after we started our
family. I am vice-president of the United Methodist Women, where I try to teach
the "old ladies of the church" that the gospel of Jesus Christ and the
joy of rock and roll can actually compliment each other! I am a true believer,
but still like to philosophize, and often take life too seriously. I like a good
scotch (on the rocks or with a splash of soda) or a dry Merlot, action movies,
love stories, Broadway plays, concerts, baseball games (Go Braves!), good books
(that aren't love stories!) and lots of sunshine.
My son Rob is in his senior year of high school, plays varsity
tennis, is co-editor of the school yearbook, works summers and weekends as a
first mate on a deep-sea fishing charter boat, and writes a weekly fishing
article for the local newspaper, which they call the "Mullet Wrapper"
(when I say small town, I mean small town!). He is in the honors program at
school and hopes to go to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He
played baseball for many years before tennis, and my husband coached his team
for several years, and two all-star teams.
My daughter Nikida (Niki) is in 8th grade, on the school soccer team,
plays the french horn (made All-District Band last year) and piano, takes ballet
and jazz, plays softball and volleyball. She also is active in our church choir
and youth group, scored a 970 on the SAT as a 7th grader, and she loves to have
fun. I coached her recreational softball team for three years, and we won the
regional championships one year.
As a family, we like to go snow skiing every year out in Colorado or
Montana or California (everyone but MOM has gotten into snowboarding this year,
so I might have to try it and break these old bones!), and we also go fishing
and boating (we have a 28' sports fishing boat named "Spirit" parked
in our back yard). We are members of the SKA (Southern Kingfish Association),
and my husband and son spend a lot of time together hunting and fishing.
Our town is located on the coast of North Carolina, right where they
point to on the Weather Channel when discussing hurricane landfalls the past few
years. Hurricanes Bertha, Fran, Bonnie, Earl, & Floyd have all visited us!
Since we live right on the water, it made life very interesting.
Well, that just about covers who I am and what I've been doing. I've
thought a lot about high school days when my son entered high school, and it was
hard to think it was that long ago! I am attaching photos of me and my children,
and want you to know that I appreciate the efforts that you have all made to
keep in touch and see what people have done with their lives.
Thanks, Naida Katz Koraly
Bio August 20, 2000