North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 15

February 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:

  • Music to fill the stage
  • JROTC scores big
North High News

Musicals return to North


The North High Theater Department, after a 16-year hiatus, is finally returning a musical to the stage. A majority of the cast was not even born when Fiddler on the Roof, featuring renowned opera singer and recent North Salem Hall of Fame inductee Audrey Luna, was produced in 1996!
bye bye 

Bye Bye Birdie is the story of a sleepy Ohio town that gets turned on its head when the Elvis-esque superstar Conrad Birdie (played by Michael Hormann) comes to perform a last publicity stunt before entering the army. North's new drama teacher, Alyssa Bond, directs and Robb Harrison is the music director.


Performances are April 11-13 and April 17-19 at 7:00 pm in the North High auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door: $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $3 for children under 12. Mark your calendars for this historic event!


JROTC shooters outstanding


The North Salem High School Army JROTC precision rifle team won the Western Region and placed second in the Army JROTC National Championships held in Utah this month. All four team members were in the top 10 in the region. Kasey Rysavy placed 2nd in regionals and 5th nationally, hitting a perfect 20 bullseyes one of the days. Alec Delzer placed 4th in regionals and 12th nationally, Taylor Phelps was 6th in regionals and 20th nationally, while Jed Adams was 10th regionally. The North High JROTC is taught by Col. Dwight Morse and 1SG Jim Wagner.

JROTC Team Photo  

Because of their outstanding performance, the team has been invited to compete in the US Army Marksmanship Junior National Championships February 25-28 at Ft. Benning,GA. They will also compete against the top Navy, Marine, Air Force and Army JROTC programs in Anniston, Alabama in March for the All-Services National Championship. Congratulations and good luck to these outstanding Vikings!


Other kudos


North has received a highly competitive grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, thanks to teacher Cindy Bond. A mosaic will be placed on the outside wall of the Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center on the North High campus. Artist Lynn Takada, along with North pottery students and community members will create the mosaic. The theme of the work will center around community relationships and the environment.


Congratulations to North high wrestling coach Andy Pickett who was named Central Valley Conference Coach of the year! We will do a wrap-up of all our winter sports in the March newsletter as many of our teams are still in playoff and state competition.


Another big congratulations goes to our Cheer team which took fourth place in state in competition February 9th. The team is advised by Sarah Cowan.

Alumni News

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.


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