North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 42

May 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:

  • Ace gets Congressional Medal
  • Scholarships to be awarded
  • Spring music
  • JROTC at Nationals
  • Viking wins Conference high jump

(This month we will try a different format, intermingling Alumni stories with current school stories.  Give us your feedback.)


Ace Pilot Awarded Congressional Medal


The Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by Congress, was received on May 20 by Bruce Williams (Salem High School class of 1936) for his service in World War II during which he was an ace fighter pilot.  Williams, flying a Grumman F6F Hellcat, downed seven Japanese planes over a six week period.  For his combat heroism, Williams had previously been awarded the Navy Cross, four distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Air Medal during his service.


A graduate of Willamette University and Willamette Law School, Bruce had a distinguished career for over 50 years as a trial lawyer as well as an attorney in insurance defense cases.  He also had a brief stint as a radio broadcaster for the Salem Senator baseball team and had thoroughbreds that raced at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park.


Scholarships to be Awarded


At the Senior Awards Assembly, Thursday, June 4, the North Salem Viking alumni and Friends Association will present two scholarships in honor of a pair of distinguished Salem High School alumni.  The Mark Hatfield Scholarship will be given to a senior who exemplified characteristics dear to the heart of long-time U.S. Senator 

Mark O. Hatfield:  scholarship, leadership, character and service. U. S. Representative Edith Green may be best remembered for her championship of equality for women in education and was a primary sponsor of Title IX granting women equality in sports.  A scholarship in her honor will go to a female student outstanding in both academics and athletics.  The assembly will begin at about 12:30 in the North High




Music at North

The North High Band will present its spring fundraiser entitled "An Evening of Jazz."  The increasingly popular "Jazz at the Mill" has outgrown its facility, so the event will now be held at the Salem Convention Center, Saturday, May 30 at 6:30 pm.  The 14th Street Jazz Band,  made up of Viking Students will play early 20th century dance jazz music.  In addition dinner will be served, both silent and oral auctions will take place (really cool things to bid on!), and there will be dancing.  Featured performers will include the singing of North's principal Cynthia Richardson.  1920s costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory!

The Viking choir, orchestra and band all qualified for State competition.  The choir placed 13th in State.  Four North High singers qualified for the State solo competition, and Olga Valdez placed third in State in the mezzo soprano classification! 


The choir's final concert is Saturday, May 30, at 7 pm in the school auditorium.  It will be a Pops Concert featuring Broadway hits, and will include all choirs, many soloists, and a live combo.



Nominations for this year's Hall of Fame closed at the beginning of May.  The HOF Committee is in the process of voting and the new members will be announced in the fall in time for Homecoming (Oct. 2).  



The first weekend in May, the North High JROTC drill teams competed in the National High School JROTC Drill Team Championships in Daytona, Florida.  The Lady Vikings Unarmed Drill Team, commanded by Mariela Ramos, placed 10th overall, with Mariela finishing 9th among commanders.


Competing for the first time on the national stage, the Vanir Platoon Armed Drill Squad placed 8th, as did their commander,

Mackenzie Lawrence.  The Fiorir Hirtir color guard under the command of Gillian Bissell also came home with a trophy. congratulations on these high national finishes!

Track and Field

Senior Tiffany Wall placed first in the high jump at the Greater Valley Conference championships.  She and senior shotputter Larry Nedelec were first team All-Conference, while junior hurdler Abraham Rodriguez, senior triple jumper Noah Martinmaas, and freshman Madison Willhoft (800 and 1500 meters) earned second team honors.  Honorable mention was earned by Eli Valenzuela, Julissa Escobedo, john Mendrin, Daisy Sierra, MacKenzie Thompson, Carmen Yarnell, Jason Backer, Bella Piccini, Isabel Gomez, Quille Bonner, Corina Sanchez, and Michael Bolen.  Wall, Nedelec, and Rodriguez all competed in the State Track Championships. 


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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