North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association

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Viking Association Newsletter


Number 7              June  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 

North High completed another outstanding year!  

  • A total of 372 seniors graduated. at Commencement this month.
2012 Graduation
  • North ranked 2nd highest among 6A high schools for greatest improvement on state test scores. 
  • A total of $1.7 million in student-reported scholarships were gifted to seniors.
  • One of those scholarships was a Gates Millennium Scholars award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Sandra Garcia-Hernandez.  1,000 talented students nationwide may use this scholarship at any college or university of their choice to pay for their entire undergraduate education!
  • The speech and debate team took 1st place in the District tournament.
  • Many of North's FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) officers placed at the State Business Leadership Conference and qualified for Nationals in San Antonio, Texas.

This spring brought success in the music program.  The symphony orchestra, the string orchestra, and the wind ensemble (band) all placed 6th in state competition.  Two Vikings were among the 6 recipients of Withnell Music Scholarship Awards:  Marco Aguilar, bass vocalist, who will major in vocal performance at Oregon State University, and Sasha Siclait, mezzo vocalist, second place finisher at the State solo contest, who will attend Whitworth College.


Art students also were honored.  The Willamette Art Center hosted the 1st Annual Ceramic High School Art Show and Vikings took 5 of the six awards, including the Jurors' Choice Award.  Congratulations to Daphne Babine, Mackenzie Green, Nho Ponce, Brenda Rojas, and Edson Martinez-Sanchez.


Spring sports also had their share of outstanding results.  As reported in last month's newsletter, the girls track team won the first outright team district team title in any sport in school history!

This is apropos of the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, which was sponsored by Salem High alumna Edith Green (see Alumni News below).  Girls 1st team all-leaguers were Alyssa Neal and Riley Knebes.  2nd team included Kiera Gabaldon, Christina Vermillion, and Kaelia Neal.  Alyssa Neal broke school records in the long and triple jumps, placing 3rd and 2nd respectively in those events at State.  Knebes also broke the school record in the 300 hurdles.


Jacob Kelly, Jorge Rico, and Chris Musser were all-league for the boys track team.  Anthony Davis and Austin Cunningham were second team.


In tennis, Maribel Ocampo was the first girls singles player to make it to state in over 5 years.


Shoshawna Whitney and Savanna Zarate made 2nd team, while Ashley Waldrop was selected honorable mention all-league in softball.


Viking baseballers placed Andy Bevens on 1st team all-district, while Alex Alvarado made second team and Devin Varay, Anders Green, and Aklilu Yoder were honorable mention. 


At their final meeting of the year the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club chose North High's boys' soccer coach Rich Swartzentruber as Coach of the Year for all Salem prep sports.  Not only did the team win the League title, but also won the league sportsmanship award--voted by the league officials association no less!  The Viking girls' soccer team also won the sportsmanship award.

 Alumni News

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.  


Scholarships Awarded 

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.

Hatfield Scholarship: Joleen Braasch


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.


75th Birthday

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.