Don't forget to check out the Viking Association 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.
The recipients of the Viking Association's first scholarships were announced at the school's Senior Assembly. The scholarships are named for two distinguished North Salem High School (formerly Salem High School) graduates, the Honorable Senator Mark O. Hatfield and the late U. S. Congresswoman Edith Starrett Green. Both are inaugural members of the North High Hall of Fame.
Senator Hatfield graduated in 1940, served in the US Navy during World War II, graduated from Stanford University and Willamette Law School, where he was a professor and Dean. He was a member of the Oregon Legislature, Oregon's youngest Secretary of State, and was elected Governor at age 36 and served as the first 2-term governor of the 21st century. He was then elected to the U. S. Senate where he served for 5 terms. OSU's marine biology research center in Newport, the US Courthouse in Portland, and the Library at Willamette University and the School of Government at Portland State University are named for him.
The first recipient of the $2000 Hatfield Scholarship is Joleen Braasch, shown here with Viking Association Vice President Steve Chambers. Chosen for her outstanding scholarship, leadership, character, and service, traits exemplified by Sen. Hatfield, Joleen was also an outstanding track athlete, currently 4th in school history in the discus. Joleen was a valedictorian and commencement speaker and she plans to attend Western Oregon University and become an English teacher and coach.
Congresswoman Edith Green was a 1927 graduate of Salem High School, a teacher in Salem, worked in radio, and was a leader in the Oregon Education Association before serving in the U. S. House of Representatives for nine terms. She led the passage 40 years ago of Title IX legislation which granted equality in education, including sports, to women. Her efforts have won her the title of "mother of higher education."
Receiving the first $1000 Green Scholarship was Rosa Cordova who was chosen for her outstanding academic, athletic, and leadership skills. A member of the Viking soccer team, Rosa plans to attend Willamette University where she will major in biology.
Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame committee has been busy and is close to choosing the next class of inductees who will be announce formally in the fall. There will be two inductees for each of the four catagories this year since there were none last year due to financial constraints. Any nominations that come in now will be considered for the 2013 class. Remember to include as much information on your nominee as you can to help the committee make its choice. As all nominees stay permanently in the pool of candidates, competition is fierce.
Plans for the celebration of the school building's 75th anniversary next fall are also moving ahead. Stay tuned for information so you can join in the fun!
Board of Directors Elections
Three positions on our 9-member Viking Association Board of Directors will be up for election in the fall. Terms are for three years and the Board meets every month, generally at the school. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please contact Steve Chambers at the e-mail address below.
Our website has information on reunions that are being planned for this summer and fall. Check there for your class. Unfortunately, the school has not yet heard from some classes concerning their intentions to get together. If you have information not on our list on the website, please pass that on to us so we can help you communicate with your fellow classmates.
Our website will post photos of reunions as we receive them. Smile for the cameras!
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.