North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association
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North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association Newsletter

Number 47

October 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:

  • Homecoming 2015
  • ASPIRE Center dedicated
  • Drama puts on fall productions
  • Honors to Vikings
Homecoming 2015

Alumni Service Project

Led by former North High woods teacher Dave Anderson and coordinated by Kay Mattson of the Viking Association Board, several Viking Alumni worked on Friday morning of Homecoming to renovated the dilapidated benches surrounding the flag pole in front of the North building.  The previous benches had become a real eye sore and did not put our beloved school in the best light. 

All-Class Gathering

Over a hundred Vikings from four or more decades of graduating classes gathered for the Second Annual All-Class Gathering at The Brick in downtown Salem to celebrate being Vikings.  A raffle was held and a lot of very interesting stories were told and remembrances remembered.  A big thanks to Viking Association Board members
Vijitra Boonkoom and Kay Mattson for pulling this fun event together!

Homecoming Assembly

A great Homecoming pep assembly was held on October 2.  The JROTC Color Guard presented the colors and the new inductees to the Hall of Fame were introduced.  The Homecoming Court was presented and Syleena Leemus and Frank Hurtado were crowned Queen and King of Homecoming.

The delegation from North's sister high school in Kawagoe, Japan presented a really high-energy dance routine.  They had held a reception the day before for North staff and students, with an exchange of gifts and songs, while a string-ensemble of North students played for entertainment.  This exchange has been going on for nearly 30 years, and a group of North students and staff will visit Japan in June of next year.
The traditional Homecoming parade down D Street was a big success, as was the staff tail gate party before the game.

North Dedicates ASPIRE Center

North Salem High School dedicated its new ASPIRE Center on Thursday, October 1, 2015, before a room full of supporters.

ASPIRE is the State of Oregon's higher-education mentoring initiative. Because many students do not have adequate support to navigate the path and paperwork required to enter college, Oregon's ASPIRE program matches students with trained adult volunteer mentors. Mentors help students create a plan to meet their
educational goals post-high school, help with college application forms and essays, financial aid applications, scholarship applications and more.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is the first district in the state to offer ASPIRE to all of its middle and high school students. ASPIRE programs in the district are coordinated and staffed by the Salem Keizer Education Foundation.

The ceremony at North Salem High School included short presen-tations by North Salem Principal Cynthia Richardson, SKEF Executive Director Krina Lee, Assistant Superintendent Kelly Carlisyle, and Greg Darnieder Senior Advisor to the Secretary on the College Access Initiative. Mr. Darnieder is an appointee at the U.S. Department of Education.

The North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association has made a sizable donation to the ASPIRE Program at North.  To learn more about ASPIRE in Salem-Keizer Public Schools or to volunteer to become a mentor, contact the Salem Keizer Education Foundation, (503) 364-2933.

Textbooks Funded by Alumni Group

The North Salem Alumni and Friends Association has purchased new junior year English textbooks. The previous books were a couple of decades old and not in compliance with the Common Core Standards.  The publishing company, Houghton Mifflin, have contributed the freshman and sophomore year texts as a grant for a pilot program at North.  The junior year books are critical, as it is that year that the standardized tests are taken.  

Awesome Drama Productions

North's Drama Department, under the directorship of Alyssa Bond, continues to put on quality productions, as witnessed by this month's comedy one-act "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon," performed in the round on the Auditorium stage.

Next month continues the excitement.  "All for one, and one for all!" Come join us for the North Salem High School Theatre Department's upcoming production of The Three Musketeers. In this exciting and fast paced tale, the story of a young, aspiring Musketeer is told through sword fights, romance, witty dialogue, and of course lots of rock and roll. Come join us on November 12th, 13th, 14th, 20th, and 21st at 7:00 pm, or at our Matinee at 2:00 pm on the 21st.  Tickets are available at the door: $7 for Adults, $5 for Students. For more information about North Theatre, visit, sign up for our newsletter, or visit our Facebook page at North Salem High School Theatre Department.

Alum Honored With Governor's Volunteer Award

Jim Mudd, class of 1959, along with his wife Lynn, have been selected as a regional winner of the 2015 Governor's Volunteer Award for Lifetime Achievement in Oregon.  The Mudd Nick Foundation has raised over $1 million to benefit school children in the Neah-Kah-Nie School District through what has grown to be a week-long event which includes a golf tournament and culminates in a charity dinner auction.  The funds provide experiences outside the classrooms with field trips, sporting activities, and other experiential learning opportunities.  The Mudds will join other regional winners and an overall winner will be announced in September.

Frosh Football Team Does North High Proud

The following letter to the editor in the Statesman newspaper speaks volumes to the kind of students and coaches North High has at the present:

Band Brings Home More Honors

The Pride of the Vikings Marching Band, under the direction of
Brian Bell, came home trophy-laden from yet another competition, this time the Puget Sound Festival of Bands in Everitt, Washington.  North won the AAA division and placed 5th overall, with each band member receiving a coveted Championship medallion.  This is the second major competition the Viks have won this year with one big one yet to go at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.
In Memorium

North High Hall of Fame inductee Warren Carkin passed away September 17.  A graduate of the class of 1940, Carkin attended Willamette University and the University of Oregon School of Architecture.  In addition to the many changes in Salem's skyline, including the U. S. Post Office on 25th St., McKay High School, the J. C. Penney skybridge, and remodels to the State Capitol building, the State Penitentiary, and Mark Hatfield's home, Carkin was a civic leader.  He served on the Salem City Council, and was president of the Salem Downtown Association, and numerous committees for the Chamber of Commerce.  He originated the Salem Leadership program.  In 1980 he was named Salem's First Citizen and he was inducted into the North High Hall of Fame in 2012.



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