North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 29

April 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:

  • Jazz at the Mill
  • Softball field
North High News


JROTC Continues Success


North High's Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program is having another terrific year.  After great league success, various competitive groups are moving on to national events.


The Lady Vikings Unarmed Drill team, commanded by Haile Borup, will compete in the National High School Drill Team Championships in Florida on May 3.  Also competing will be the Color Guard, commanded by Megan Cervantes.


The Precision Air Rifle team placed third in both the US Army JROTC Regional Championships in Albuquerque, NM and the Civilian Marksmanship Programs Western Regional Championships in Colorado, qualifying them to compete in the Air Rifle Junior Olympic Championships in Ohio in June.  Kasey Rysavy also competed  against the nation's top female precision shooters at the Women's Junior Olympic Championship, coming out in the top half.  She was named the Statesman Journal "Athlete of the Week," as well as the Viking athlete of the week for the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club.


The JROTC 19th annual Military Ball was held at the Kroc Center in March.  The featured speaker was Army Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Sibayan, a 1984 North High graduate in, who is the General Colin Powell Chair of Military and Strategic Studies at the US Army War College.


The Cadets believe in giving back to the community.  By school year's end they will have completed over 3000 volunteer hours.


With a decrease in Federal military spending, the program took a financial hit this year.  If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, go on line to , find a team, Oregon, Salem, and North Salem high School JROTC, or mail a check to "North Salem High School" at 765 14th St. NE, Salem  OR 97301 and memo "JROTC."

Jazz at the Mill


The North High Band will put on its annual "Jazz at the Mill" fundraiser Saturday, May 3, at the Willamette Heritage Center (formerly known as the Mission Mill).  The $25 admission includes the music, dinner, an auction,and dancing.  Featured is the "14th Street Jazz Band," made up of North High students, playing largely "big band" music.  It is always a highly enjoyable night and YOU are invited!



Alumni News

Softball Field Revisited


In the past two newsletters, we have featured the sorry state of the the school's softball/PE/practice football field.  It is essentially a swamp in the winter, a mud bowl during football season, and a magnet for geese during their migratory season.  The Board of the Directors of the Viking Association has been doing some "what if" thinking.  Our football stadium and track are currently the best looking in the league.  That was made possible by donations from alumni and the community.  


"What if" we could do the same for the softball/PE/football practice field? What if we had an artificial turf field for multi-use that looked something like. . .


Think about it!


Think about marching band practices that don't have to use the parking lot. Think about year-round softball tournaments.  Think about PE classes that are not stuck indoors on nice days when the fields are muddy.  Think about our football team being able to practice at the same time that Parrish Middle School plays their league games.  Think about both varsity and junior varsity soccer teams playing at the same time on side-by-side fields, ON CAMPUS.  Think about revenues from community use for everything from softball to soccer to lacrosse to Pop Warner football.  Think about North High as a magnet for sports and fitness.


Just give it some thought. . . .  This could be more than a dream!



Nominations are now closed for 2014 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 2014 will be announced during Homecoming in September.


In Memorium


On March 16, North High Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Donald Crothers passed away in New Haven Connecticut.  A highly respect biochemist, Crothers was a professor emeritus at Yale University.  For an obituary of Dr. Crothers, please access the following link:  OBITUARY 


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 





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