North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association

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Viking Association Newsletter


Number 4               March  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.


As the winter winds down (none too soon for those of us in Salem), we are able to report on some outstanding accomplishments of current Vikings. 


Every year the Statesman Journal newspaper recognizes one outstanding student from each of the mid-valley high schools as an "Academic All-Star."  Matthew Loberg, a 4.0 student, is this year's recipient.  A participant in 4 sports, National Honor Society, Math League, Tech @ North, Matt is a math tutor and participated in the Nicaragua delegation with Witness for Peace.


In the Oregon Music Educators Association District Solo and Ensemble contest recently, Sasha Siclait placed first for mezzo soprano voice.  Placing second was Abigail Brockamp for soprano voice.  Marco Aguilar (bass voice) and Luke Schroeder (French horn) were honorable mention.  Sasha Siclait won the Salem Pops Orchestra's scholarship.  She has participated in All-city, State, and Northwest Honor choirs. Four Vikings were chosen for the All-city Honors Orchestra:  Anna Boatwright, Ameyalli Manon, Juanita Lopez Duran, and Claire Dietz.


Vikings had success in sports this winter as well.  As you know, the boys' basketball team repeated as conference champs (the Central Valley Conference has replaced the old Valley League). Willie Freeman was co-coach of the year, while Avry Holmes was co-player of the year.  Also on 1st team all-league was LJ Westbrook.  Making 2nd team was Malik Leaks and two others made honorable mention.  Sabrina Peterson was selected honorable mention from the girls' BB squad.


Swimmer Brendan Esser broke the school records in the 50M and 100M freestyle, while placing 1st in league in both.  Esser, Brandon Jolly, Michael Tomscha, and Kodi Barker broke the record in the 200M freesyle relay, which placed third in district. 


Raymond Smith was 2nd team all district in wrestling.  Smith, Garrett Cole, Lee Lindley, and Nacho Mendez qualified for the state meet.


North High is the only school in Salem to have a sister school.  City High School in Kawagoe, Japan, Salem's sister city, has had a relationship with NSHS since 1987, 25 years.  This is the longest sister high school relationship in the Northwest. 



Every other year North sends a student and staff delegation to Japan, while City High sends a similar group to Salem.  In June, North will send six students and three teachers who will have homestays and school visits while in Japan.  Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a prerequisite.  This program relies entirely on donations:  no school or school district funds are used.  If you would like to donate to help defray their expenses, you may write a check to "North Salem High School" with "Kawagoe" in the memo. 


 Alumni News

The Viking Association is moving ahead on the three projects we have on the plate.  Committees are meeting for the two scholarships we will be giving, as well as the Hall of Fame and the 75th anniversary celebration of the North High building.  You can access a nomination form for the Hall of Fame on the North High website (see the link in the upper left of this newsletter).  We need your nominations and all nominations remain in the pool of eligible candidates.  If you make a nomination, please try to make a persuasive case for the candidate, as there are many truly worthy Vikings who deserve to be in the Hall.


We are getting close to finishing our website, so stay tuned for that development.


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