North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 31

June 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:

  • Commencement 2014
  • Viking Association Scholarship winners
  • Yearbook project

North High News

Commencement 2014


For the second year in a row, Commencement was held on the new all-weather turf football field.  The elements cooperated as 326 seniors received their diplomas in ceremonies presided over by principal Cynthia Richardson.  Richardson announced that the class of 2014 had received over $1 million in scholarships!


Valedictorians (perfect 4.0 GPA in honors and Advanced Placement classes)  were Ericka Dishion, Rachel Rodecap, SanJuana Torres, and Liliana Watts.  Salutatorians (only one B) were Brooke Bolen, Valistha Dhevaphalin, Ana Escobido-Barraza, Megan Jantzi, and Juana Lopez Duran.  


Outstanding speeches were given by seniors Rachel Rodecap and Elisha-Jamnia Crisanto (the latter in front left of "Alma Mater" photo below).


JROTC presents colors           Principal Cynthia Richardson (center)


          V. P. Rolland Hayden                    Final "Alma Mater"


Viking Association Scholarships

The Alumni and Friends Association annually presents scholarships to two seniors.  The awards are named in honor of Salem High School graduates Rep. Edith Green and Sen. Mark O. Hatfield.


               Kaelia Neal                                      Riley Knebes

    (with principal Cynthia Richardson and Viking Association Pres. Steve Chambers)

Edith Starrett Green graduated from Salem High in 1927, taught school in Salem, did radio work, then served as a leader of the Oregon Education Association.  She served in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1955-1973.  While there, she led the passage of the Title IX legislation, which granted women equality in education, including sports. She is an inaugural member of the North Salem Hall of Fame.  This scholarship is for $1000 and is awarded to a senior scholar-athlete. 


The winner of the Green Scholarship this year is Kaelia Neal.  Kaelia was enrolled in all Honors and AP courses, earning a 3.67 GPA.  She competed in both track and cross country, serving as captain in both sports three years.  She was a State qualifier in cross country in 2011 and 2012, garnering 1st team All-Conference honors in 2011, and 2nd team in 2012. She also qualified for State in track in 2012 and 2014.  She ran the 4th fastest 800 meter time in school history this spring.  Kaelia was also a participant in Leadership Youth through the Salem Chamber of Commerce. She will attend Linfield College in the Fall and major in journalism.


Mark O. Hatfield graduated in 1940, served in World War II, became a law professor at Willamette University, a State Legislator, Oregon's Secretary of State, then governor, and finally a 5-term United States Senator.  Sen. Hatfield is also an inaugural member of the North Salem Hall of Fame.  This scholarship is also designated as being $1000, but additional donations from Antoinette Hatfield and an anonymous friend in the late senator's memory boosts the award to $2000.  The winner of this scholarship is chosen on the basis of four characteristics Sen. Hatfield exemplified:  scholarship, leadership, character, and service.


Our recipient this year is Riley Knebes.  Riley has a 3.85 GPA in Honors and AP classes, is a member of National Honor Society, and has played for four years in the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band.  She was ASB secretary and served on the Prom committee.  She was elected Homecoming Queen.  In addition, she is involved in church activities and a variety of community service projects.  Competing in both cross country and track, she was elected captain for three years for both teams.  Known for her strong work ethic and determination, she is a 7-time Central Valley Conference champion in track, a school and conference record holder in hurdles, and was State Champion this spring in the 300 meter hurdles in the 5th fastest time in state history.  The Statesman Journal newspaper chose her as the most outstanding track athlete in the mid-Willamette Valley. Riley will be attending the University of New Haven in Connecticut next fall to study environmental science.

Alumni News


Yearbook Project


We have a new feature unfolding on the webpage.  We are scanning all of Salem High and North Salem High's yearbooks and they will appear under a yearbook tab on the webpage (see link in upper left corner of this newsletter).  It is slow going, so the first ones to appear will be those with years ending in "4" since those classes are having reunions this year.  From then on, we will begin with the earliest books we have in the school's possession, that is 1909 and work our way toward the present.  We have a couple of gaps, which we hope can get filled.  In addition we will not be putting up the last five years so as not to interfere with sales of yearbooks. Check us out and check you out when you appear.  Some of the oldies are very different and fascinating.  Check out your year, or that of a parent or grandparent (or son or daughter or grandchild).


PE/Softball Field



            In the future....?

Recently we have had articles about the condition of our PE area, which is also used for softball games and football practices.  As an update, we would like you to know that a fundraising effort has begun to put artificial turf on the field so it is usable more often and by more groups.  We will keep you up-to-date on these efforts and on how you can be a part of this important upgrade.  Stay tuned! 


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



This year's class of Hall of Fame inductees have been chosen.  We will announce them in next month's newsletter.  If your nomination doesn't make it this year, there is still hope for the future!   North's Hall is unique in having four categories, only one of which is sports.  Other categories are Achievement, Distinguished Lifetime, and Service.




It's reunion season.  Send us your pictures!


Honor Roll


The Honor Roll features 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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