North High



Number 64

March 2017

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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

Vijitra Boonkoom '92, Treasurer

Ken Simila '58, Assistant Secretary

Herb Triplett '54,

Doug Bolton '58

Dick Hornaday '53

Michael T. Smith (friend)

Kay Mattson '81

Sasha Spencer-Atwood '97

Jonathan Castro Monroy '11


Feel free to contact the following:


Steve Chambers:

Michael T. Smith:

Homer Wood:






Featured in this issue:

  • Plumber needed
  • Trail Blazer grant
  • JROTC update
  • Track team community service day
  • Ian Carlos wins State wrestling title
  • Hall of Fame nominations due
  • Class reunions
  • Viking Association Board to meet in April
Help:   Plumber needed

One of the new pieces of equipment going into the renovated weight room / Fitness Center is a drinking fountain, with water bottle filling capabilities.  We have the fountain, but we have no one to install it.  The School District is backlogged on plumbing projects and might not be able to get to it for a year.  Does anyone know of a plumber, Viking or otherwise, who would be willing to install the fountain as a donation or for a significantly reduced fee?  Please contact Steve Chambers at 503-364-5767 or .

Viking Association wins Trail Blazer grant

In the ongoing efforts by the North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association (Viking Association) to raise the remaining $65,000 to complete the Fitness Center renovation project, welcome news came this past month.  The Association applied for a Take it to the Court grant from the Portland Trail Blazer basketball organization which has partnered with Wells Fargo Bank.  Over 200 grant applications were received and 16 were approved, including one for North Salem High School.  While the $2,500 grant is not large, it helps to give credibility to North's project, and will help purchase additional equipment for the room. 
A reception and dinner was held at the Moda Center in Portland on March 11 where the check was presented to the Association and representatives from the Viking sports programs.  10 students (pictured above on the left are Jayden Meade, Shania Nunez, and Dana Romero) and 2 staff members (Athletic Director Brodie Cavaille, class of '98, and Athletic Trainer Christina Gray), joined Viking Association president Steve Chambers for the reception and the Blazers game which followed.

JROTC off to a good start this year

It's been a busy and successful year for the 180 JROTC cadets of the Viking Battalion.  Just this past weekend, sophomore Taylor Gibson shot a national record 597 out of 600 on one day at the All-Service JROTC Precision Air Rifle National Championships in Alabama.  Taylor shot well enough on day two to win the Championship.  This might very well be the first national championship for any Viking in any sport.!

At the Oregon-Washington Two-State Championship on March 11, Color Guard A finished first.  The Guard consists of senior commander Diana Naranjo, senior Anna Garibay, junior Jenny Garibay, and sophomore Nancy Hernandez.  Color Guard B, commanded by junior Crisina Rios, finished 4th.  The Lady Vikings unarmed drill team came in second.  Anna Garibay was named as the top unarmed commander.  The Vanir Platoon, the armed drill team, was also 2nd, with commander Blade Woolery named as the top armed commander.  Precision Air Rifle placed 2nd, the physical fitness team took 3rd, and the Sporter Air Rifle squad placed 4th.  The armed duals team of senior Tamatoa Vredenburg and junior Tristian Dorland took first.

The precision shooters will travel to Utah in early April to compete at the CMP national championships.  The first week in May will see the Unarmed and Armed drill teams in Daytona Beach, Florida, to compete in the National High School Drill Team Championships. 
Contact Lt. Col. Dwight Morse to make contributions to help these outstanding Vikings make their travel expenses: or phone him at 503-931-4801.

Track team puts on community service day

The first Monday of Spring Break, the Viking track team put in some hours of community service to make the track and surrounding areas look great.  The students voluntarily weeded, picked up trash, cleaned bleachers and storage areas, planted flowers, and spread bark dust.  Community service is an integral part of the team which has the philosophy that kids should give back.  A large contingent of Vikings will be volunteering at the Awesome 3000 kids run in May and will help run several middle school track meets including the All-City Middle School Meet, which, because North has the nicest facility and runs such a superior meet, will be held for the foreseeable future at North.

Viking takes State in wrestling

Last month we reported on the success of the Viking wrestling team at the Greater Valley Conference District meet, placing third overall and sending three Viks to the State meet.  At the State meet, Sophomore Ian Carlos brought home first place honors in the 145 lb. weight division, while senior Brandon Quezedo placed third at 113 lbs.  Overall, North High placed 10th in the meet.  Ian Carlos competed for the Mid-Valley All-Stars in an international match against a powerhouse national team from Ukraine and will be travelling to Nationals to take on the country's best.  Congratulations to these outstanding wrestlers and good luck to Ian.

Hall of Fame nominations due

If you have been wanting to nominate an individual or a team for the North High Hall of Fame, now is the time to do it.  The four categories for which nominations may be made are Achievement, Distinguished Lifetime, Athletics and Service.  The latter field is the only one for which nominees need not be graduates of North High or Salem High.  Nominations must be turned in by May 1 to the Viking Association at 765 14th St. NE, Salem OR 97301 (this is the high school) to be considered for the induction class of 2017. 
Nominations should include as much information about the nominees as possible, as competition for the one person or group from each category each year is fierce.  Articles, photos, lists of achievements, or any other information which will make your nomination stand out from the others should be included.  Anyone who is nominated and is not selected, will stay in the pool of nominees for the following years.  This sometimes allows those who make the nominations time to add to the dossiers.  There are a lot of worthy Viking out there who deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.  They only need a champion to nominated them.

Class Reunions

We are coming up on reunion season.  Classes ending in "7" and some ending in "2" will be holding reunions this summer.  Get your reunion information posted on the Viking Association webpage by clicking on the webpage link in the upper left corner of this newsletter and follow the tab to "Reunions."  So far we have information about reunions for the classes of 1997 and 2007.  We are also trying to get the yearbooks for those years up on our webpage.  

Viking Association Board to meet

The next monthly meeting of the Board for the North Salem Viking Alumni and Friends Association will take place on April 10 at 6 pm in the MaPs Credit Union conference room just outside the library at North High.  All are welcome.



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