North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 16

April 2013

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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:


Steve Chambers '62, President

Homer Wood '59, Vice President

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 

Kay Mattson '81

Vijitra Boonkoom '92 


Feel free to contact the following:


Steve Chambers:

Michael T. Smith:

Homer Wood:






Featured in this issue:

  • Winter sports wrap-up
  • Upcoming music
  • JROTC does it again!
  • Academic All-Star
North High News

Winter Sports
The Viking wrestling team improved to a winning record this year after a 1-8 finish last season. Coach Andrew Pickett was named the league's Coach of the Year. Individual efforts were highlighted by senior Raymond Smith winning the state championship after a 41-1 season record. He became the first Viking wrestling state champ since 2005 (Matt Cox). Smith was also named to the Statesman Journal newspaper's all-regional team. Other wrestlers who qualified for the State Tournament were sophomores Johnny Guevara and Sam Hirons and senior Justin Waldrop. 9 of the 14 placers at the regional meet will be returning for next season.

After a slow start (with only one returning starter), the Viking boys' basketball team ended up 3rd in the Central Valley Conference tournament and competed in the State Playoffs where they were eliminated in the first round. Junior Malik Leeks was named to the 1st Team All-Conference squad and the Statesman Journal's all-regional team. The girls' team significantly improved on their record from last year where they had no wins. The Lady Viks placed 4th in the CVC and had one player named Honorable Mention for the conference. The girls were also eliminated in the first round of State Playoffs.

North's spring musical Bye Bye Birdie is on the stage of the school's auditorium April 11-13 and April 17-19. Tickets are $7, $5 for seniors, and $3 for children under 12. This will be North's first musical in many years. The production was featured in last month's newsletter.

"Jazz at the Mill" is back for its 10th installment. The North High 14th Street Jazz Band, comprised of talented North students, puts on its Big Band night of swing and dance. 

Jazz at the Mill
The North Salem JROTC program continues to rack up honors. North hosted the Cascade Mountains League Two-State (Oregon and Washington) Championships and came away as the overall champions!Viking places included Color Guard #1 (1st place), Color Guard #2 (2nd place), Unarmed Drill Team (Lady Vikings 1st place), Armed Drill Team (2nd place), Physical Fitness Team (2nd and 4th), Precision Air Rifle (2nd), and Sporter Air Rifle (4th). The Unarmed Drill Team will be competing in Florida.If you would like to financially help them get to the competition, contact Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dwight Morse at the high school (503-399-3241).

Sam Skillern IV Academic All-Stars
Every year the Statesman Journal newspaper features one student from each of the area's high schools as that school's "Academic All-Star." For 2013, North High's Academic All-Star is Sam Skillern IV, son of Jennifer and Sam Skillern. His 4.0 GPA ranks him at the top of his class with others who hope to be valedictorians. Sam is active in Marching Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Pep/Basketball Band, Advanced Band, Speech and Debate, Salem Chamber of Commerce Leadership Youth, Salem Police Foundation, Discipleship Group at Salem Alliance Church, and National Honor Society. Possible career goals for Sam include engineering, political science, journalism, humanities, and ministry. He is currently looking at Seattle Pacific University, University of Portland, Oregon State University, University of Puget Sound, and Whitworth University.Congratulations Sam!

Alumni News
Viking Association Board of Directors
We thought it would be nice to introduce you to the folks who comprise the Viking Association Board of Directors. We'll start with the current President, Steve Chambers, class of 1962.
Steve Chambers
Steve was born in and has lived his entire life in Salem. He attended Garfield Elementary School and Parrish Junior High School. At North, Steve was involved in International Relations League, French Club, Hi-Y, and National Honor Society. He was the state champion in low hurdles and still holds 3 Viking track school records. Steve earned his BA in history from Whitman College and an MAT in interdisciplinary studies from U of Oregon. He taught social studies at North from 1967 to 1999. Steve is still coaching track at North (46th year!) and has also coached soccer, swimming, and cross country. Steve started a sister high school program with a Japanese high school which has continued successfully for over 25 years. He was also an adjunct professor of education at Willamette U for 8 years and an adjunct in international politics at Tokyo International University of America in Salem for 3 years. Upon retirement he was elected to 3 four-year terms on the Salem-Keizer School Board, where he was chair of the board for 5 years. Other community involvement includes a period as chair of the Salem Area Human Rights Commission, the board of the Salem-Kawagoe Sister City Inc., and service on an Oregon Legislature task force on civic and financial education. Steve sings with the Festival Chorale Oregon and "is addicted" to travel. He is married to Ellen and their son and daughter were 4th-generation Vikings. He was inducted into the North High Hall of Fame three years ago.

Hall of Fame

It is nearing the time when selection will be made for the next class of the North Salem / Salem High School Hall of Fame. One individual will be chosen from each of four catagories (Achievement, Athletics, Distinguished Lifetime, and Service). Only the latter can be someone who did not attend Salem or North Salem High School such as a teacher or community individual who made significant contributions to the school and its students.

Nomination forms may be found on the Viking Association website (see link in upper left corner of this newsletter). You can view previous inductees as well as a description of the catagories. As this is a highly competitive selection, please provide as much supporting information about the nominees as you can. Individuals and teams nominated in past years are still considered in the running.

Webmaster needed
Our webmaster for the Viking Association website has taken a job in Washington and won't be able to continue. If you know of anyone with the skills to maintain an already existing website, please let us know (see e-mail address below for Steve Chambers). Minimal monthly upkeep is required for the site.

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 your are a friend) as this will help us keep in contact should your e-mail address change.


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