North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association

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Viking Association Newsletter


Number 5              April  2012

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Viking Association

Mission Statement:

To create, promote, and sustain a "Viking-connected" community of alumni and friends, this Association will foster a lasting and mutually beneficial relationship among alumni, friends, North Salem High School (NSHS), its students and staff, and the community to support the mission, goals, and traditions of NSHS. 

Viking Association

Board of Directors:


Homer Wood '59, President

Steve Chambers '62, VP

Larry Smith '54, Treasurer

David Rhoten, '52 Secretary

Herb Triplett '54, Asst. Treas.

Doug Bolton '58, Asst. Secr.

Dick Hornaday '53

Michael T. Smith (friend)

Ken Simila '58

Emery Billings '61



Feel free to contact the following:


Steve Chambers:

Michael T. Smith:

Homer Wood:







North News 

In this section, each month we will bring you news of what's happening currently at North High.  


North High currently has a number of programs unique to Salem-Keizer schools and even to the state. We will be featuring one of these periodically. This month we want to introduce you to the JROTC program.


Viking alumni who graduated prior to 1996 might be surprised to come to the school on a Friday and find nearly 200 current Vikings wearing Army Green to classes. These students are all members of the Viking Battalion, Oregon's largest--and best--Junior ROTC organization. Unlike college ROTC, whose purpose is to develop commissioned officer leaders for America's military services, JROTC's mission is to develop good citizenship, promote success in high school and beyond, and develop leadership skills that will help our students succeed no matter what they do after graduation.


Eighty of our cadets are involved in our JROTC teams-Color Guards, Drill Teams, Air Rifle Teams, Physical Fitness teams, and Academic Teams. These teams compete against other JROTC units from around the Pacific Northwest. North Salem's teams are consistently among the best in our Region. In 2012, three Viking shooters competed at the Army JROTC National Championships in February. One of our Color Guards qualified to compete at the National High School Drill Team Championships in May. North's Color Guard has on numerous occasions presented the colors at Portland Trailblazer basketball games as well as other civic and service opportunities such as the Awesome 3000 kids run.


(For a more detailed article about the North High JROTC, please go to the Viking Association website.)


Next month we will review a lot of the spring activities at the school. At this printing, all three of the Viking music ensembles (choir, orchestra, and band) have qualified for State competition. In addition, two North girls currently lead the state 6A ranks in track and field: Alyssa Neal in the triple jump and Riley Knebes in the 300 meter hurdles.

 Alumni News

It's finally here! The Viking Association now has a website, and a great one it is! You can click on the link in the upper left of this page to visit and check it out. There are links to reunion activities as well as class gatherings. If you know of such activies not currently listed, please let us know. The website will have articles not included in the e-newsletter, as well as expanded coverage of ones that do appear here.


A committee of North High staff and Viking Association members have put together a process for selecting the recipients of our two scholarships. The Mark Hatfield scholarship will be awarded to a senior who exemplifies scholarship, leadership, character and service. This prize was originally to have been for $1000, but generous gifts of Antoinette Hatfield, the senator's widow, and an anonymous donor have raised the award to $2000. The Edith Green scholarship will be a $1000 award to a senior girl who is an outstanding scholar / athlete. Rep. Green, a graduate of Salem High School was the sponsor of Title IX, granting equality to women in education and sports.


The Hall of Fame committee will begin its deliberations in late May for the next class of inductees. North's Hall is unique, in that only one of the four classificatons is sports. The catagories are: Distinguished Lifetime Award, Service, Achievement, and Athletics. All winners except in the Service catagory must be Viking alumni. Service is open to any individual who has been instrumental in improving the school, its academics, and the lives of its students (for example, outstanding faculty members). To make nominations, go to our website for information and nomination forms. As this is a very competitive process, please make the best case possible for any nominee. All nominations will remain in the pool for the next year, so you don't have to continuously resubmit.


Plans for the celebration of the school building's 75th anniversary next fall are also moving ahead. Stay tuned for infomation so you can join in the fun!


If you have not already done so, please send to Steve Chambers your full contact information (name, maiden name where applicable, street address, phone number, and graduating class or if you are a friend) as this will help us keep in contact should your e-mail address change.


Please pass this newsletter to other Vikings so they can also stay in touch with the school.