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

Number 48

November 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:

  • Fall Sports Roundup
  • Marching Band
  • JROTC Veteran's Day
  • Choir at Capitol Tree Lighting
In this season of thanksgiving it is important for the Viking Association to thank you, the membership, for your support.  This issue of the newsletter marks the fourth year of our publication.  As most of you know, the Association was formed in the summer of 2011 after the campaign to raise money to build a turf football field at North High.  A Board of Directors was formed and a mission statement was drafted.  Both the current Board and the Mission Statement can be seen to the left of this newsletter. 

We are attempting to faithfully carry out that mission.  We have annually given two scholarships in the names of Sen. Mark O. Hatfield and Rep. Edith Starrett Green.  We have financed and managed the North Salem Hall of Fame.  We have financed projects for the benefit of students and staff in excess of $35,000.  We have increased communication among Vikings through our newsletter, webpage, and Facebook page, as well as promoting reunions and class gatherings.  We have brought significant positive publicity to our school. 

None of this could we have done without the support of the nearly 1,500 of you who have chosen to join our organization and to financially support it.  As far as we can tell, in the 110 years of Salem High/North Salem High, there have been 4 previous attempts to start an alumni association.  None of them have lasted longer than one year.  We are immensely thankful for your support which has allowed us to thrive and give back to the school we love and the alumni who have walked its halls for over a century.  THANK-YOU, VIKS!

2015 Fall Sports Round-Up

The Boys' Cross Country Team had the highest finish of any Viking sport in the nine-team Greater Valley Conference.  Picked pre-season to finish last, the North runners placed 4th at the Conference meet, besting all but one other Salem-Keizer school.  Senior Abel Sandoval, ranked 21st before the meet, placed 10th, garnering 2nd team All-Conference and making it to the State Meet. 
Abel Sandoval and Madison Willhoft

The young Girls' Cross Country Team, while coming in eighth in Conference, had a fantastic year and could arguably be the best girls' team top to bottom in school history.  Ironically, if this year's girls' times at Conference had been run last year, North would have been conference champions!  Of the 7 girls on the varsity, one is a senior, 3 are sophmores, and 3 are freshmen.  Placing fourth at Conference and making 1st team All-League was sophomore Madison Willhoft who made her second appearance at State, where she place 17th overall.  Sophomore Julissa Escobedo and freshman Emma Haburn were third team All-Conference.

Julissa Escobedo, senior Daisy Sierra, sophomore Elizabeth Aldama from the girls' team ,and senior Manuel Ochoa from the boys' team, who also played soccer, were Academic All-League.

Two volleyball players were chosen honorable mention All-Conference, sophomore Darcy Suda and senior Jessica Ngirmekur.  Senior Haylee Stevens was Academic All-League.

A number of Girls' Soccer Team players made All-League:  Juniors Amy Duvall and Carrie Ochoa were second team, while juniors Monce Barajas and Erika Vargas and sophomore Janel Urbina were honorable mention.  Monce Barajas (with a 4.0 GPA) and Amy Duvall, along with sophomore Nayeli Hernandez and junior Isabel Ramos were Academic all-League.

For Boys' Soccer, sophomore Adrian Maciel was chosen 1st team All-Conference, while honorable mention went to Brian Sierra (sr), Edwin Ortiz (so), Cole Bautista (so), Danny Gutierrez (sr), and Sergio Villazana (jr). 
Junior Sandoval

The Football Team improved this year, at one point winning three games in a row for the first time in about a decade and making it to a State Playoff play-in game, where they fell to the #2 ranked team in the state.  Senior Junior Sandoval was voted by the league coaches to 1st team All-Conference on defense, while Tyler Borders (sr.) made 2nd team defense and Sam Saechao (sr.) made 2nd team offense.  A number of Vikings were honorable mention selections:  Hunter Sullivan (jr), Pedro Flores (jr), Cristian Maciel (sr), Eli Valenzuela (sr), Santana Reyes (sr), Jason Backer (sr), Cordel Birkel (sr), and Dylan Thompson (sr) on offense and seniors Dylan Thompson, John Stott, Augustin Murillo, Jared Campbell, Jimmy Van, Santana Reyes, and Manny Peres on defense.  Jimmy Van (4.0 GPA), Robert Gomez, and Jason Backer were Academic All-League.

Marching Band Brings Home Trophies

The "Pride of the Vikings" Marching Band has brought home a truck load of trophies this fall.  Previously we reported on their big win at the Pacific Coast Invitational at Sprague High School.  Since then, the band, with its program "Spartacus," placed 1st in the AAA division at the Sunset Classic in Hillsboro.  Among the 31 bands performing the Vikings were 5th overall. 
At the Northwest Association for Performing Arts (NWAPA) competition at Autzen Stadium in Eugene the band placed 4th in the AA division and 14th overall among several dozen bands, despite having to perform in a massive deluge of rain.  

JROTC Has Busy Veteran's Day

The cadets of the North Salem High Army JROTC Program had a busy Veteran's Day earlier in the month.  They participated in the Albany Veteran's Day Parade, one of the largest in the country.  A delegation was involved in the veteran's celebration at Capital Manor retirement home, while individuals volunteered for involvement at other senior centers throughout the Salem area.  But it was the Color Guard composed of Gabby Cortes, Julissa Rivera, Anna Garibay, and Diana Blanca Naranjo who really put in a full day.  The group made 6 color presentations, 4 within a 90 minute span, including the Veteran's Ceremony at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial and at the Portland Trail Blazer basketball game in Portland.

In a competition for the two-state area of Oregon and Washington, the Color Guard placed first.  Last year's Color Guard was 4th in the nation, so the Vikings are off to a great start this year.

Choir Performs at Capitol Tree Lighting

North High's Nordic Choir had the honor of performing at the Oregon Capitol's tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 27.  Gov. Kate Brown and other state dignitaries were on hand for the festivities.  25 decorated trees make the Capitol Rotunda festive.  Choral groups from all the Salem-Keizer schools and other areas will perform throughout the holiday season.



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