North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 18

May 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:

  • Year end Wrap-up
North High News

As usual in our May edition, we present our summary of spring accomplishments at North High:



All of our music performing groups qualified for State competition, with our Chamber Orchestra placing 10th and our Wind Ensemble placing 11th in State.  Patricia Dela Cerda, Jacob Mayes, and Isaac White made the All-State Honors Choir, while Juana Lopez Duran made the All-State Honors Orchestra.  In the State Solo Contest (Choir), Abigail Brockamp placed first, while Rachel Stephenson, Olga Valdez, and Isaac White performed well. Luke Schroeder placed second in the Band State Solo Contest and David Ramos participated.


At the regional level, DJ Stevens was invited to participate in the Western International Band Clinic, while Stephanie Baker was selected to the All-Northwest Honor Choir.  And we had two students make the big-time nationally:  Abigail Brockamp and Rachel Stephenson were selected to the ACDA National Honor Choir!  



Spring sports had some outstanding efforts.  Kaly Alik and Savanna Zarate were voted Central Valley Conference Second Team All-District in softball.  Maggie Rust and Niki Cooper were voted Honorable Mention. 


Baseball had some all-stars as well.  Akilu Yoder, Tanner Hamilton, Anders Green, Shane Olsen, and Alex Alvarado were voted First Team All-District, and Conor Kahle and Alex Roberts made the Second Team.  Tanner Hamilton was also chosen Second Team as a pitcher and pitcher Isaac Lucero was selected Honorable Mention.  


After winning play-in games, both the softball and baseball teams were eliminated in the first round of the State playoffs.


Viking tracksters showed very well this spring.  On the boys' side, first-year Carlos Ortiz senior Carlos Ortiz won District in both the 100 and 200 (1st team All-League) and placed second at the State meet (2nd team All-State) in the 100, breaking the school record in the process.  Ortiz was joined by junior Colton Harp, senior Robert Pyatt, and freshman Cristian Maciel on the 4 x 100 relay which was Honorable Mention in District and ran the second fastest time in school history.


The girls were paced by 2nd-team All District 200 meter runner Keira Riley Knebes Gabaldon and sprinter / hurdler Riley Knebes, both juniors.  Knebes placed 2nd in the 100 (2nd-team All-League), and first in both the 100 meter high hurdles and the 300 meter low hurdles (1st team All-League), the 3rd straight year winning the latter, and 5th in the high jump and was voted the CVC Female Track Athlete of the Year.  At the State Meet, Knebes placed 5th in the high hurdles (Honorable Mention All-State) and 3rd in the low hurdles (3rd Team All-State).  She once again shattered her own school record in the lows.



The North Salem High Army JROTC finished its outstanding year of competition in fantastic style.  Competing at Daytona Beach, Florida, the Lady Vikings Unarmed Drill Team finished 12th in the Nation against the JROTC top teams from around the country!  Senior Bronwyn Ashton commanded the team which placed fourth in Regulation Drill and 8th in Exhibition Drill. Ashton herself won the second-place trophy among all the drill commanders!  JROTC instructor Lt. Colonel Dwight Morse praised his freshman and sophomore-laden team and expects them to be even more competitive next year.



Last month we shared that the North High cabinetry program received the "Wooden Globe" Award as the top high school woodworking program in the nation.  We can now announce that the program's teacher, Dean Mattson, has been selected by the Woodworking and Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) as their National Educator of the Year! Congratulations, Dean, for this honor recognizing all the work you have done to build this program into the best in the USA! 

Alumni News

Viking Association Board

We continue with our articles introducing you to the Board of Directors of your Alumni association.  This month we feature Member-at-Large Michael T. Smith.  As you know, we are the "Alumni and Friends" Association and one does not have to be a North High or Salem High School graduate to belong.  Michel T., as he is known, is one of our "Friends."

Michael T. Smith  

Michael graduated from Crater High School in 1966 and attended Southern Oregon College Now Southern Oregon University), where he majored in English and Secondary Education.  He graduated with honors after serving as student body president, among other offices.  His 30-year teaching career at North High started in 1971, and he taught nearly every subject offered at the school, including Mass Persuasion, a course he developed. An avid distance runner, he competed in 17 marathons, including twice in the Boston Marathon.  Before his retirement, he coached the Viking cross country team for 17 years, returning as co-coach for eight more seasons. He also coached track and field at North for 20 years.  In 1997, he was named Salem's Outstanding Secondary Educator.  He continues his coaching at Cascade High School in both cross country and track.  He has been on the Viking Association Board of Director since the organization's inception.


Hall of Fame

Nominations are now closed for 2013 inductees to the North High Hall of Fame.  We have many outstanding nominees in all categories.  You should be aware that if  someone does not make it this year, their nomination is automatically included for the next year and does not have to be re-submitted.  If your nomination doesn't make it this year, there is still hope for the future!   Those selected for the four categories for the class of 2013 will be announced during Homecoming in September.


The category of "Service" is a little thin at this time.  This class of nominees is reserved for teachers, coaches, other staff, or community members who have made significant contributions to the betterment of the school, its students, and its staff.  Think of those teachers who did so much to make you who you are.  We've had some great ones.  We particularly need those of you who graduated from Salem High School to nominate some of the outstanding staff members from your time before all memory of them is lost. Nomination forms are on the website (see the link in the upper left corner). It's not too early to make nominations for next year.



We have found a new webmaster, so before very long, the webpage will be brought back up to date.


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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