North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 38

January 2015

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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:

  • Alumni in the news
  • Annual fundraiser
North High News



Upcoming February Events at North 


Drama One Act plays:  Thursday Feb. 12 and Friday Feb. 13, at 7 pm in the Auditorium


All-City High School Honors music Concert:  Saturday Feb. 21 at 7 pm in the Auditorium, featuring all-star band, orchestra, and choir performances by the best from all six Salem-Keizer high schools.


Continuing basketball, wrestling, and swimming by North teams. See the schedule on the North High webpage.

Alumni News

Graduate Honored

Capt. Paul Lushenko (right)

Capt. Paul Lushenko (class of 2001) recently was the recipient of the Military Intelligence Corps Association's Knowlton Award for significant contributions to Army Intelligence.  Lushenko graduated with distinguished honors from the US Miltary Academy at West Point.  In addition, he earned a Master of Arts in International Relations with highest honors, garnering the prize for the best dissertation, as well as a Master of Diplomacy with highest honors, receiving the James Ingram Prize for Excellence in Diplomatic Studies.  Between 2007 and 2013, Captain Lushenko served in Afghanistan and Iraq with heavy responsibilities for directing intelligence operations at numerous levels in support of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency.  Among other medals, Lushenko has earned the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal.  His twin brother Jonathan is a Naval Academy graduate currently serving as a Lieutenant.


Alumna Headlines Chicago Play

Jennifer Coombs (center)
Actress Jennifer Coombs (class of 1993) is co-staring in Gina Gionfriddo's Pulitzer Prize finalist play "Rapture, Blister, Burn" at Chicago's Goodman Theater.  The comedy runs through February 22.  Coombs' acting career is mostly comedic and includes four movies and numerous stage appearances including one in Chicago nominated for the Jeff Award for best ensemble.  


Salem Attorney Honored


The Marion County Bar Association recently honored Salem Attorney (and Secretary of Viking Association) David Rhoten (class of 1952) with the 2015 Paul J. DeMuniz Professionalism Award which recognizes excellence in public service, competence, and ethical conduct.  In addition to his private practice, Rhoten serves as the City Attorney for Stayton.  Known for his considerable contributions to the legal profession at the state and local level, Mr. Rhoten also is the Chair of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Arts Foundation, Chair of the Scholarship Committee of the Oregon Community Foundation, Chair (Hon.) of the Friends of Hallie Ford Art Gallery (Willamette University), and Chair of the historic Elsinore Theatre Board.  


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." Entries thus far include "Viking Alumni Newsletter," Viking Alumni News," "Viking News Beat," and "Viking E-Runes."  Let us know if you like any of these or if you think you have a better idea . . . please!

Annual Fundraiser

We want to thank all of you who have contributed so far to our Annual Fundraiser.  We have considerably more donors this year, but we are still short of our $5000 minimum goal.  We know that some of you intend to give, but just need this gentle reminder.  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 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, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1964, 1969, 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 on the webpage, 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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