North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 39

February 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:

  • Future Business Leaders
  • Honor Concert
  • Viking Plays Carnegie Hall
North High News

Future Business Leaders


North High's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter is looking both to the future and to the past.  The Viking organization is hoping to connect with North High alumni who were in the program when they attended the school.


The chapter, under the leadership of their teacher Jon Abel, is focusing at this time on preparation for FBLA's Oregon State Business Leadership Conference in April in Portland.  Online competitive events start in March, and members are encouraged to prepare for their events and to participate in Mock State.  Mock State gives members an opportunity to practice their presentations in front of business leaders from our community before actual State competition.


There are three ways in which past FBLA members have a chance to give back to the Viking chapter.  Judges are needed for Mock State to help the North students better prepare for State.  Contributions by alumni would help defray expenses for the State Conference.  And finally, current FBLA officers are looking for alumni who might help with our 2015-2016 officer selection coming up May 8.  The officer application process includes completing an application, submitting a resume and cover letter, and an interview with a panel of six business professionals from our community.


Please contact Mr. Jon Abel ( ) at North High if you would be willing to help in any way. Even if you are unable to help, if you are an alumni North High FBLA member, they would love to hear from you.

FBLA Officers at Oregon Leadership Conference


The Viking chapter of FBLA continues a long history of successfully preparing future entrepreneurs.  Last year a number of students placed well in State and qualified for Nationals.  The Business Ethics team (Julissa Montero, Daisy Sierra, and Haylee Stevens) placed second, the Banking and Financing team of Kimberly Mora, Jessica Olloqui, and Emigdio Salazar garnered third place, and Adrian Ochoa placed fifth in Accounting 1.


FBLA members believe in community service.  In October, North held its annual Safe Halloween event, inviting neighborhood children to trick-or-treat safely inside North High.  FBLA participated and created a wall display including super heroes and "Frozen" characters.


In November FBLA officers, headed by President Jessica Olloqui, participated in the Oregon Leadership Institute conference in Bend, Oregon.  OLI allows Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO's) across the state to come together and improve their leadership skills.


FBLA is yet another North High program which is preparing our young people to be successful citizens in our community and beyond. 


All-City High School Honor Concert    


On October 21, the best of the best in Salem-Keizer School District's six high school music programs performed in the annual Honor Concert held in the North High auditorium.  The Viking music department was well represented.  Students were selected by audition.


Participating in the Honors Choir were sopranos Anastasia Brophy, Emelie Cochran, Janene Le, and Erika Ramirez; altos Stephanie Baker, Rosa Borrego, Sadie Leos, and Olga Valdes; tenors Matthew Baker, Derek Elliot, Oscar Lezama, Marek Staniford, and Sterling Sawyer; and basses Justin Harkins, Santana Reyes, Thomas Ross, Ben Skiles, Stevie Trapero, Joshua White, and Titus Yang.  North High singers comprised over 20% of the Honors Choir from the six schools participating


Several Viking string players were represented in the Honors Orchestra:  Violin II players Monce Barajas, Ivan Lopez, Jesus Maciel and Carly Goud and violist Roxanne Adams



Playing Carnegie Hall


Clair Dietz


North High senior Clair Dietz is living out a dream.  Last weekend the young cellist was in Spokane, Washington playing in the National association of Music Education's All-Northwest Orchestra.  This weekend she is playing at Carnegie Hall in the 2015 High School Honors Performance Series.


Clair was selected from among North American and international musicians via a taped audition.  She is a member of the North Salem High chamber orchestra, as well as the Salem Youth Symphony.  She is already giving private lessons to younger students and plans to attend the University of Oregon, majoring in secondary music education. 


If you would like to hear her perform, Dietz will participate in the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem's Wiscarson Young Musician's Concerto Competition, Saturday, March 7, at Smith Music Hall, Western Oregon University.  Twenty Mid-Valley musicians will be competing between 10 am and 3 pm for a monetary award and recognition at the Oregon Symphony's upcoming Salem concert.

Alumni News

Hall of Fame


There are only a couple of months left for new nominations to the Hall of Fame.  Information and nomination forms can be found on the Viking Association webpage (see link in upper left of newsletter).


Annual Fundraiser

The Viking Association is a no-dues, voluntary membership organization.  We could still use more donations to keep our organization afloat.  A big Viking "Thank-you!" to all those who have given so far.

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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