North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 28

March 2014

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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:

  • Winter Sports Round-up
North High News


Winter Sports Roundup

Now that winter sports are over, it's time to let you know how our athletes did. 


Girls' Basketball:  The Lady Viks placed 5th in the conference, but were much improved from last season.  In All-League voting, sophomore Simone Leaks was selected to the 2nd Team, while Tasha Fitzke and Kaly Alik were chosen Honorable Mention.


Boys' Basketball: The boys' team also placed 5th in Conference, but were tough competition for anyone who played them.  Senior Malik Leaks was named Central Valley Conference Player of the Year.  Leaks averaged over 22 points a game, with 4.5 rebounds, as a point guard.  He was one of the top three scorers in the state, posting 41 and 32 in two games against South Salem, the eventual third place finisher at the State Tournament.  Leaks also was nominated for the McDonald's All-American team. 


Junior Caleb Roberts was chosen Honorable Mention All-CVC.


Wrestling: The Vikings ended in the middle of the conference, with Edwin Montes winning the title in his weight division and moving on to the State meet.  Austin Shoopman, Sam Hirons, and Andy Carroll also placed in the top three. 


Swimming: It was a tough year for the North High swimmers.  Hampered by lack of numbers, the Vikings struggled in dual meets.  Unfortunately we had no qualifiers for the State Meet this year.


Softball Field follow-up

Last month, we showed you what the softball/PE/football practice field looks like through much of the year.  We alluded to the geese that frequently graze and leave "fertilizer."  Thanks to Athletic Director Joel Dunn for the photo below which shows one of the smaller flocks of geese on the field.




Alumni News


Viking Alumna Breaks World Record

A team including North High's Claudette Groenendaal (class of 1989) broke the indoor World Record in the 4 X 800 meter relay for the 50-60 age group earlier this month in Boston.  While at North, Groenendaal established all of the school distance records, which still hold, and was a State Champion.  She still holds the 800 meter school record at the University of Oregon, where she was the NCAA champion in both the 800 and 1500 meter races.  She is in the Hall of Fame at both schools.  The World Record group, broke the old record, held by a Canadian team, by more than 8 seconds.


Claudette is second from the left in the photo.




It is nearing the time when selection will be made for the next class of the North Salem / Salem High School Hall of Fame. One individual will be chosen from each of four categories (Achievement, Athletics, Distinguished Lifetime, and Service). Only the latter can be someone who did not attend Salem or North Salem High School such as a teacher or community individual who made significant contributions to the school and its students.

We need more nominations especially in the Service category.  If you remember an especially good teacher who should be honored, this is the kind of person we are seeking. 


Nomination forms may be found on the Viking Association website (see link in upper left corner of this newsletter). You can view previous inductees as well as a description of the categories.  As this is a highly competitive selection, please provide as much supporting information about the nominees as you can. Individuals and teams nominated in past years are still considered in the running. The deadline for new nominations is May 1.


Honor Roll


We have added a new feature to our newsletter and webpage.  We are calling it the Honor Roll.  When you click on the link below, you can see the first entry, a brief story about Audrey Luna.  The Honor Roll will feature alumni of Salem and North Salem High who have received honors or who have performed services to their communities, the nation, the world, or North High.  We will publish them by class, so you can conveniently look up classmates.  But we will need your help!  There are no stories without story-tellers, so if you know of someone who has received an honor or done something noteworthy, please let us know.  We hope it catches on, because our alumni are involved in a lot of things.  We will keep the clips up for about a year.  Send in your entries to Steve Chambers at the e-mail address in the left sidebar or at the bottom of the page.  Digital photos are welcome.

 Link:   HONOR ROLL 


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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