North High



Number 54

May 2016

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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 

Kay Mattson '81


Feel free to contact the following:


Steve Chambers:

Michael T. Smith:

Homer Wood:






Featured in this issue:

  • Spring Wrap-ups
  • In Memorium - Tom Pickens

In Memorium - Tom Pickens (Class of 1954)

Thomas Roen Pickens (b. July 18, 1936) was a beloved educator in the Salem-Keizer School District.  He passed away last week on May 21.  Tom was inducted into the North High Hall of Fame in its first year of 2006.  As a student at Salem High, Tom was a three-sport athlete, named to the 1st team All-State as a football center on a Viking team that was 3rd in State.  He was active in student government, a member of National Honor Society, on the Clarion staff, involved in Hi-Y and the Civics Club.  He attended Oregon State College and earned a master's degree in education.  After briefly teaching at Parrish Junior High School, off and on Pickens spent most of his career as an educator at his Alma Mater.  At North High he taught PE and coached from 1961-1965, then spent one year as a counselor.  From 1966 to 1972 he served as Dean of Boys.  After a brief break as vice principal at our rival school to the South, he returned to his roots to serve with distinction as North High's principal from 1974 until his retirement in 1982.  The Salem Jaycees selected Tom as their 1969 Salem "Outstanding Young Educator." 

A celebration of Tom's life will be held on July 17th at 1 pm in the Sprague High School Commons.

The Vikings have truly lost one of our own.

Graduation 2016

Graduation for the North Salem Class of 2016 will be held at 7 pm, Friday, June 10,  on the football field at the high school.  All are welcome.  The previous day, Thursday, June 9, the Senior Assembly will be held for the first time as an all-school assembly in the gymnasium.  As one part of the awards, the winners of the Mark O. Hatfield and Edith Starrett Green Scholarships given by the North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association will be announced.

Spring Sports Wrap-up

Track and Field

Rebekah Miller
The highest team finish in spring sports went to the girls' track team who placed third in the 9-team Greater Valley Conference, while posting a 6-2 dual meet record.  Leading the way for the Lady Viks was freshman Rebekah Miller who won both the 100 and 200 meter dashes, anchored the 2nd place 4 x 400 meter relay, and garnered a 4th in the triple jump.  Her 100 time was a new meet record.  At the State meet last week, Rebekah placed 5th in the 100, but won the 200 in a stunning upset, breaking Sasha Spencer's school record as well.  In addition, the freshman placed 7th in the triple jump with the 2nd best jump in school history. 

Willhoft with Coach Herrmann
Three other girls qualified for State:  sophomore Madison Willhoft who placed second in both the
Fitzke with Head Coach Berger
1500 and the 3000 (in both of which she has the 2nd fastest times in school history), freshman Aaliyah Fitzke who placed second in the 300 hurdles, and senior Aracely Garcia who joined the other three girls in placing 2nd in the 4x400 relay in the 3rd fastest time in school history. All four girls made 1st team All-Conference.

Other Lady Viks who made All-Conference teams were Manya Mendrin 2nd team (shot put) and the following honorable mentions:  Kiara Ballard (shot put), Ashley Clark (high hurdles), Rosemaline Watley (high jump and triple jump), Isabel Ramos (pole vault), and Reianne Roberts (triple jump).  Aaliyah Fitke was also honorable mention in the high jump.

On the boys' side, the finish at the Conference meet was disappointing, but in dual meets the boys were also 6-2.  The only athlete to make it to State was javelin thrower David Johnson, a senior, who won the Conference with the 2nd best throw in school history.  He narrowly missed making finals at State.  Junior Michael Bolen was 2nd team All-Conference in the javelin.

A number of Viking men were honorable mention:  Eli Valenzuela (400), Gerardo Fernandez (800, 4x400 relay), Abel Sandoval (3000), Adam Foreman (high and intermediate hurdles, 4x100 relay), Abraham Rodriguez (high hurdles), and Vernon Stewart (pole vault).  Dylan Reierson, Nathan Camacho, and John Stott joined Foreman in the 4x100 relay as honorable mention, while Seth Saffell, John Stott, and David Rojas joined Fernandez in the 4x400 relay.


Nick Raska
After a slow start, the Vikings finished strong, ending with a winning record and making the play-
Cole Hamilton
in rounds in the State Playoffs before finally falling.  Three Vikings made All-Conference 1st team:  Sophomore pitcher Nick Raska, senior
Noah Boatwright

catcher Cole Hamilton, and senior infielder Noah Boatwright.  Honorable mention honors went to seniors Cameron Jolly and Andrew Nunez and freshmen Cameron Kallhoff and Sean Alvarado.


While the team struggled this year, senior Shelby Lund was selected honorable mention All-Conference.


Senior Jessica Braun once again qualified for State and earned 2nd team All-Conference honors.
Spring Music Honors

The North High Nordic Choir again qualified for State.  Ten students were selected for the All-City Honor Choir, two students were chosen for the All-Northwest Honor Choir, while two students made the All-State Choir.

Senior Olga Valdes won the Mezzo Soprano Solo Division at State and will be attending Willamette University on a full ride worth over $200,000!  Senior Stephanie Baker was one of seven recipients of a $1,000 Withnell Music Scholarship.

We will post orchestra and band results next month.


This year has been a successful year for North Salem's JROTC.
  • Won the overall Oregon-Washington Two State Championship for the second consecutive year (third year in the past four).
  • Two State champions in three of the four drill events (Color Guard #2, Unarmed Drill, and Armed Drill). Second place in the fourth event (Color Guard #1)
  • Third Place overall for The Lady Vikings at the National High School Drill Team Championships (third place Color Guard, fourth place Inspection, fifth place Exhibition).
  • Eighth place overall for The Vanir Platoon Armed Drill Team at the National High School Drill Team Championships.
  • Second place out of thirty teams for the Physical Fitness Team at PLU Commander's Cup.
  • Top shooter JROTC shooter in the nation (freshman Taylor Gibson).
  • Taylor Gibson placed second at the Junior Olympics & second place overall at the All Service JROTC National Championship.
  • Our Air Rifle team qualified for the Western Regional JROTC championships.
  • Our Air Rifle  team qualified CMP Western Region Championships
Awesome year, Cadets!



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