North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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Viking Association Newsletter

Number 43

June 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

Larry Smith '54, Treasurer

Vijitra Boonkoom '92, Secretary

Herb Triplett '54, Asst. Treas.

Doug Bolton '58

Dick Hornaday '53

Michael T. Smith (friend)

Ken Simila '58 

Sue Crothers '66

Kay Mattson '81


Feel free to contact the following:


Steve Chambers:

Michael T. Smith:

Homer Wood:







Featured in this issue:

  • Graduation 2015
  • Spring Sports Wrap-up
  • Alumni Scholarship Winners




Welcome North High Class of 2015 to the North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association!  You are now officially Viking Alumni! Your Alumni Association will keep you up with what's going on  at North High and with its graduates as well.  Please let us know if you have a change of address--either email or mailing.  That way you will not lose touch with what's going on.




Graduation 2015


On the evening of June 5, over 360 Vikings received their diplomas in a memorable ceremony on the football field at the school.  Student speakers Blake Vehrs and Bianca Llamas shared memories and hopes.  Below are a few photos from that great event.





Viking Association Scholarships


Each year the Alumni Association gives two scholarships to graduating seniors in honor of two distinguished alumni of our school.

Mark O. Hatfield (class of 1940) was a World War II veteran, a Willamette University law professor, a State Legislator, Oregon's Secretary of State, Governor of Oregon, a finally a five-tern United States Senator.  The scholarship, worth $2000 this year,  is based on four characteristics exemplified by Senator Hatfield: scholarship, leadership, character, and service.


This year's recipient, Caleb Roberts, is a valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA including many AP and honors classes.  He is an insightful writer and demonstrates intellectual curiosity, self-discipline, and emotional maturity.  He was a pivotal member of the Viking basketball team and a member of the ASB leadership team for 3 years.  He was named a Statesman newspaper Academic All-Star. Caleb was also the recipient of numerous other awards: COSA (Confederation of Oregon School Administrators), Salem-Keizer Education Association, NAACP, Willamette Academic, OADA Bi-Mart Spirit of a Champion, Optimist Club of Salem Outstanding Academic Achievement, North's Outstanding Writing Award, and the Principal's Award.


Edith Starrett Green (class of 1927) taught school in Salem for 11 years before dong radio work, then serving as a leader in the Oregon Education Association.  She was elected to Congress in 1955 and served in the House of Representatives for nine terms.  While there she led the passage of Title IX legislation which granted equality to women in education and athletics.


This scholarship is for $1000 and is presented to a graduating senior on the basic of scholarship and athletics.  This year's honoree is Gillian Bissell.  She is the top JROTC cadet at North High, serving as Battalion Adjutant, Executive Officer, and Battalion commander, ultimately attaining the rank of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel.  She was the Captain of the JROTC's award-winning unarmed drill team which finished 10th in the nation and commanded the Color Guard which place 5th in the nation.  She accumulated over 325 hours of community service and is a recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award. Gillian also received awards from the Daughters of the American Revolution,  as a Military Order of the the world Wars outstanding Senior, and as a Chemeketa Community College Scholar.


Spring Sports


Last month we updated you on the Greater Valley Conference All-League track athletes, with Tiffany Wall winning the high jump and Larry Nedelec placing second in the shot put.  Both athletes competed in the State Track Meet, along with Abraham Rodriguez who placed third in the Conference meet in the high hurdles.


Baseball had several All-Conference players.  Senior first baseman Andy Bevens and junior infielder Noah Boatwright were chosen first team All-Conference.  Second team placers were junior pitcher Cameron Jolly and  junior catcher Cole Hamilton.  Senior infielder Alex Alvarado  and senior Alex Roberts were selected for third team Conference honors, while senior pitcher Jeff Holden  made honorable mention.  Excellent showing Viking baseball players!


Andy Bevens                                               Noah Boatwright


In softball senior Kaly Alik was first team All-Conference and junior golfer Jessica Braun who placed sixth in the Conference tournament played for the Vikings in the State Golf Tournament.  



                            Kaly Alik                                                   Jessica Braun



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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