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 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 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!