North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 37

December 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

David Rhoten, '52 Secretary

Herb Triplett '54, Treasurer

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:

  • Viking Media Arts Program
  • Pride of the Vikings marching Band
  • Annual fundraiser
North High News

We bring you another in our articles about unique programs at North High:


Viking Media Arts Program 


Viking Media Arts....what's that?


Yes, welcome to the 21st century at North Salem High School!

Viking Media Arts (VMA) is the new program at the school that encompasses Video Production, Yearbook, Journalism, Public Speaking and our new Light Wave 3D Animation class. The new program director/teacher is Mark Till, who has now been at North 10 years, but in previous years was serving as an English/ELD teacher. A few years ago he dove into the realm of video and film and has not looked back since. Barb Narkaus, our veteran Art teacher, has created the Light Wave Program.


The mission of VMA is "to inspire, edify and support the North Salem community."  VMA has just released its 14th version of This Week a VIK!, which is a weekly video played on Fridays and embedded in the school website. This is the flagship project at this point and certainly is fulfilling the VMA mission by capturing images of the week's activities and most of the time carries an important theme, such as Week 15: "Acts of Random Kindness." (This is an awesome video which can be accessed on the North High webpage linked in the sidebar above left.)  Since the first edition back in September, This Week a VIK!  has been played over 30,000 times through its Vimeo channel and has been seen in many countries across the globe. Here is the link to the Homecoming Special:


Even though we live in a digital age, the tradition of a hard copy Yearbook is well intact; however, the Yearbook this year will feature an ultra cool feature in which the reader can scan certain pictures in the book with a smart phone and have an instant video pop up on the phone!


The Public Speaking program is now in charge of the morning PA announcements and has been doing a wonderful job with an extra level of professionalism.


The future is unlimited for Viking Media Arts. With the progression of technology, the program will be able to deliver more and more powerful content and thus positively affect the North Salem school community.

Fall Sports Addendum 

At press time for the November Issue of the newsletter we omitted some great information we found out the following week.  We listed
Alexis Cervantes as having been voted All-Conference in boys' soccer.  What we neglected to tell you is that he was also chosen as the Greater Valley Conference Player of the Year and also selected to First Team All State! Congratulations Alexis!

Marching Band

The Pride of the Vikings Marching Band under the direction of Brian Bell had an outstanding fall.  At the Pacific Coast Invitational the Band took 1st in the AA division and 3rd overall and brought home the PCI Spirit Award.  Competing in the Pride of the Northwest event at Grants Pass, the Vikings copped 1st place, as well as awards for High Music, High Visual and High Auxiliary in preliminaries.  In the finals North won 1st place, also taking High Visual, High Auxiliary, High General Effect, and the Spirit Award.

In December, the Band took 1st place honors while participating in the Keizer Festival of Lights Parade.  The Band also hosted its annual Festival Of Trees concert and fundraiser.  What a great Marching Band season.

Starting in January the Concert Band will begin preparations for the Wind Ensemble contests leading up to State competition in May.
Alumni News


In Memorium

On December 30, 2014, Lou Littlejohn, beloved teacher, coach, athletic director and lifelong friend of North Salem passed away. Louentered the Viking Hall of Fame in 2006 in the Service category and North's football field is named for him.  You will be missed, Lou, but Valhalla will welcome you.

Newsletter Renaming?

For 3 years now the heading for our e-newsletter has simply been "Viking Association Newsletter."Do you think it is time to give it a spiffier identity?  If you have ideas for titling our newsletter, send them to Steve Chambers at the email address below.  Pride, not prize, on offer for the best entry.  Who knows, it might end up being called "Viking Association Newsletter."

Annual Fundraiser

The Viking Association is a no-dues, voluntary membership organization.  We do, however, need funds each year to award our scholarships, operate the Hall of Fame, put out our newsletter, give other grants to the school, and take care of State and Federal licensing fees as a 501 c (3) non-profit.  We have no office and our Board is voluntary.  As you read our Mission Statement in the left sidebar and watch the This Week a Vik! videos linked above, please consider contributing to help our--YOUR--organization  and YOUR Alma Mater thrive.  The more donations received, the more we can do for North and its alumni family.  Go to our website (link in upper left of this page) and make a gift.  Thank-you.

Viking Grad Grabs National Honors

Dylan Young (class of 2010), a senior receiver for the Southern Oregon University football team, has been named first team All-Frontier Conference for the Raiders who won the NAIA National Championship game in Florida.  Young amassed an NAIA-leading 1,631 yards on 86 catches to go along with 22 touchdowns.     

Viking Yearbooks          


Check out our webpage (link in the upper left of this newsletter) to see the fruits of a new project to scan all of the Salem / North Salem High yearbooks. It is a slow process, but we currently have the complete annuals for the following years:  1909, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1944, 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994, and 2004.  More will be added as they are completed, focusing on the years ending in "5," as their significant reunions will be coming up in 2015.


Also, under the "Reunions" tab, we are now able to post photos of your reunions.  Send them digitally to Steve Chambers at the e-mail address below.

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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