In this section, each month we will bring you news of what's happening currently at North High.
As the winter winds down (none too soon for those of us in Salem), we are able to report on some outstanding accomplishments of current Vikings.
Every year the Statesman Journal newspaper recognizes one outstanding student from each of the mid-valley high schools as an "Academic All-Star." Matthew Loberg, a 4.0 student, is this year's recipient. A participant in 4 sports, National Honor Society, Math League, Tech @ North, Matt is a math tutor and participated in the Nicaragua delegation with Witness for Peace.
In the Oregon Music Educators Association District Solo and Ensemble contest recently, Sasha Siclait placed first for mezzo soprano voice. Placing second was Abigail Brockamp for soprano voice. Marco Aguilar (bass voice) and Luke Schroeder (French horn) were honorable mention. Sasha Siclait won the Salem Pops Orchestra's scholarship. She has participated in All-city, State, and Northwest Honor choirs. Four Vikings were chosen for the All-city Honors Orchestra: Anna Boatwright, Ameyalli Manon, Juanita Lopez Duran, and Claire Dietz.
Vikings had success in sports this winter as well. As you know, the boys' basketball team repeated as conference champs (the Central Valley Conference has replaced the old Valley League). Willie Freeman was co-coach of the year, while Avry Holmes was co-player of the year. Also on 1st team all-league was LJ Westbrook. Making 2nd team was Malik Leaks and two others made honorable mention. Sabrina Peterson was selected honorable mention from the girls' BB squad.
Swimmer Brendan Esser broke the school records in the 50M and 100M freestyle, while placing 1st in league in both. Esser, Brandon Jolly, Michael Tomscha, and Kodi Barker broke the record in the 200M freesyle relay, which placed third in district.
Raymond Smith was 2nd team all district in wrestling. Smith, Garrett Cole, Lee Lindley, and Nacho Mendez qualified for the state meet.
North High is the only school in Salem to have a sister school. City High School in Kawagoe, Japan, Salem's sister city, has had a relationship with NSHS since 1987, 25 years. This is the longest sister high school relationship in the Northwest.
Every other year North sends a student and staff delegation to Japan, while City High sends a similar group to Salem. In June, North will send six students and three teachers who will have homestays and school visits while in Japan. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a prerequisite. This program relies entirely on donations: no school or school district funds are used. If you would like to donate to help defray their expenses, you may write a check to "North Salem High School" with "Kawagoe" in the memo.