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Scholar Bowl Finishes 2nd At Districts

The Scholar Bowl program finished another great season last Saturday as they competed in the MSHSAA District Tournament. The Vikings finished 2nd in the District Tournament. The program has experienced much success in the past few seasons and had won three straight District Championships. Congratulations to Mr. Wheeler and Scholar Bowl team members Daniel Frank, Jack Thessen, Michael Spencer, Harib Milan and David Yang for a great season.
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Boys Golf To Raise Money For Siteman Cancer Center

The Francis Howell Boy's Golf program will again be hosting a golf charity match in which they raise money for the community. This year they are raising money for the fight against cancer, a cause that hits close to home for the Howell Golf family as well as many families across world.

Cole Prager is a senior and four-year member of the program. He is not only a talented golfer, but he is also a great young man. Cole’s parents, Mark and Crissy Prager, have been the bright and smiling faces at our tournaments and matches. Unfortunately, Cole’s dad, Mark, has had a reoccurrence of esophageal cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. The program wants to support Cole, Mark, and Crissy in their family’s fight against cancer so on their April 17th match against Francis Howell North they will host their "Francis Howell Golf’s Tee Off Against Cancer Match." They have gathered donations and have made a raffle basket with over $2000 in items. Some of the items are golf related, including a foursome to Whitmoor, Bear Creek, Sun Valley, and Pheasant Run. There are also six dozen golf balls, including Pro V1s. There are over $300 in gift cards (BWWs, Brass Rail, etc.), Howell golf items, and much more. The full list is attached and at the bottom of the email

The Prager family has asked that all proceeds raised will go to the Siteman Cancer Center because it has been their “rock, support, and medical team in treating Mark for a second time.” All funds raised from the raffle basket will go to Siteman Cancer Center in their honor.

One ticket is $5 or you can do five for $20. All tickets must be purchased before the end of the match on April 17th. If you are interested in purchasing tickets please contact Head Boys Golf Coach Carl Wayne at for multiple ways you can purchase your raffle tickets. Thank you to Boys Golf for their continued efforts to support those both in and out of our Howell Family in their battle with cancer!

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Howell Signing Ceremony Set For April 17th

Howell has a long history of developing student-participants that go on to participate and compete at the college level in their activities and sports. Currently nearly 250 students are competing and furthering their education at the college level. This number marks one of the highest rates not only in the State but in the country. On Wednesday, April 17th Howell will recognize the Class of 2019 seniors that will move on to continue their education and activity and sport at the college level with their 5th Annual Signing Day Ceremony. Information for this great yearly event can be found below. All of those that are participating in this event need to stop by the Activities Office this week to confirm attendance. For those that have not signed yet or who have not made a final decision, there will be a final Signing Day Ceremony in May and information will be communicated on that date following the April 17th Signing Day Ceremony. Congratulations to these young men and women on their decisions to further their education and activity and sport at the college level!

Date: April 17, 2019

Breakfast: - Breakfast will be served from 6:30 -6:45 a.m. in the main gym. Breakfast is available for the student-athlete, family members in picture, our coaches, and media.

Presentation - At 6:45 a.m. you will line up with your family members that you would like in your signing picture inside the main gym. Families will then have their signing pictures taken in front of our media wall. Immediately following all signing pictures we will take one large group photo of all student-participants.

Attire - Please dress appropriately for an official signing picture that will be tweeted out and included on our “signing wall” outside the Activities Office. We have reminded all student-athletes that we are not only representing Francis Howell and our programs but also the community and their future universities as well.

Picture – We will have a photographer that will take a picture of each participant and their family. The picture will be customized for each student and then will be emailed to all parents at no charge.

Gift: To commemorate this annual Howell tradition each student-participant will receive an official Howell Signing Day Ceremony t-shirt.

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Clifton & Woodson Named Prom Queen & King

Congratulations to Savanah Clifton and Ryan Woodson for being named the 2019 Howell Prom Queen and King! All Vikings enjoyed a great night at Old Hickory Country Club on Friday as Prom helped kick off and signal the end of year activities that will take place over the course of the next five weeks. Thank you to Mrs. Heskin for putting on a great event and to our students for helping to create a great fun filled night for all Vikings!
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Freshman Baseball Volunteers To Clean Up 94

Thank you to our Freshman Baseball Team for their efforts this Saturday to clean up Highway 94 near the high school campus. Members of the team spent their Saturday working together as part of the Missouri Adopt-A-Highway program. Being involved in the community and providing support to our community is an integral part of Howell activities, clubs and sports. Thank you to Coach Schmidt and the Howell Freshman Baseball Team for making our road that leads to Howell a cleaner one!
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Coach Muench Delivers Speech To Seniors

On Friday morning Howell teacher and coach Mike Muench delivered his Graduation Grand Marshal speech to the Class of 2019. Coach Muench is a vital part of the Howell Family and does so much for students both in and out of the classroom. He speech to seniors truly represented what the Howell family is all about and why Howell is such a special place. Howell has clearly done so much for Coach Muench & now he is doing so much for Howell! You can click the link below to view his speech from the graduation practice on Friday. Thank you again to Coach Muench for all he does for Howell, our students and community!

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Howell Choir Continues To Develop Talent Through Unique Opportunites

The Howell Choir took a field trip to Lindenwood University last week to further develop their talents and to learn more about being involved with choir at the college level. Members of the choir spent time working on vocal techniques, recieved a private tour and heard a performance by the Voices Only group. The Howell choir not only focused on their singing skills but also had activities that focused on teambuilding and empowerment. Thank you to Lindenwood University for providing this opportunity for our choir students to grow!
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Former MBU Coach Named New Head Cheer Coach At Howell

This past Friday Howell named Nick Hattemar it's next Head Cheer Coach at Howell. Hattemar brings a strong cheer background to the Howell program. He was a cheerleader at both the high school and also at the college level at Florida Atlantic University and Avila University. After finishing his collegiate cheer career he went on to coach tumbling and competitive cheer programs in the St. Louis area. Most recently he was the head tumbling coach at Missouri Baptist University and joined the Howell staff as an assistant this past winter.

Students, staff, parents and fans will have the opportunity to meet Coach Hattemar on Monday, April 15th at 6pm in the Commons. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to hear Coach Hattemar speak about his goals and vision for the program as well as new structures and opportunities that will be implemented during the 2019-20 school year. The meeting will also serve as the informational meeting for cheer tryouts. All students wanting to tryout for the 2019-20 season are encouraged to attend to ensure they have all information and paperwork necessary for tryouts.

Cheer Tryout Meeting & Dates Announced

Are you interested in being part of our amazing cheer program during the 2019-20 school year? We are looking for cheerleaders that want to show their #vikingpride and represent Howell in a positive way! Find more information regarding tryout meetings and tryout dates below!

Cheer 2019-20 Season Timeline

4/15 – New Head Coach Meet & Greet & Tryout Informational Meeting @ Howell H.S. Learning Commons @ 6pm – Come meet our new Head Cheer Coach Nick Hattemar and learn more about the background and experiences that this new Viking will bring to the program. Coach Hattemar will share the expectations, values and goals of the program as well as share all pertinent information that is needed for tryouts. The structure, process and more detailed information regarding tryouts will be communicated on this date. All cheerleaders and parents interested in being part of the program during the 2019-20 season are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting.

4/23-4/26 - Cheer Tryouts - Cheer tryouts for the 2019-20 season will take place April 23, 24, 25 and 26. Cheerleaders that are unable to make one or more of these dates due to competing at Cheer Worlds will have an additional tryout opportunity that will be communicated at the April 15th Tryout Informational Meeting. The structure and tryout process will be communicated at the April 15th meeting. All cheerleaders trying out must have a completes eligibility packet on file in the Activities Office prior to April 23rd. This eligibility packet includes having a physical dated after February 1st 2018. All eligibility paperwork can be found at this link - Those that do not have this paperwork turned and complete with all signatures by April 23rd will not be able to tryout until this paperwork is complete. Students can begin to turn all completed eligibility paperwork into the Activities Office now. The locations and times of tryouts can be found below.

4/23 – Aux Gym 5pm-9pm
4/24 – Main Gym 5pm-9pm
4/25 – Aux Gym 5pm-9pm
4/26 – Main Gym 5pm-9pm
TBA – Cheer Parent Meeting & Fitting For Camp

JV Girls Soccer Moves To A Perfect 10-0

Congratulations to the Girls JV Soccer team on their win over Timberland this past week. The win marked their tenth of the season. Our JV Lady Vikings are currently undefeated this season at a perfect 10-0. Congrats to the staff and players for their continued success on the field!
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Watson Jr. Named One Of Top 2020 Linebackers In St. Louis Area

Congratulations to Howell Junior Charlton Watson Jr. on being named one of the top middle linebackers in the St. Louis area in the 2020 class by Six Star Football. This past season Charlton led the Vikings in tackles. Howell fans are looking forward to a great senior season from this Viking and the football program!
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Drumline Heads To WGI Championships

The Howell Drumline program has spent the past several months preparing for the WGI Championships. On Wednesday night, the drumline program performed their show for friends and family before heading off to compete in Dayton, Ohio with programs from across the country. You can view the two performances from the evening below. In next weeks Viking Insider we will bring you a recap of their weekend at the WGI Championships.

Drumline Performance #1

Drumline Performance #2

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VLA Starts "Saturday Celebration" Initiative

Howell is a very special place filled with very special people that help to make our programs and experiences great for all. This past week the Viking Leadership Academy kicked off a new initiative to help celebrate and recognize the great contributions and efforts of those at Howell. Each Saturday Howell students, staff, parents, fans are encouraged to take a brief moment to thank or recognize someone using #SaturdayCelebration on social media. The goald is to flood social media with appreciation and recognition for the many people that make Howell and our programs great. We hope that the entire Howell Family joins in this new initiative to highlight the many great people at Howell!
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Winterguard Finishes 7th At State

Congratulations to our Howell Winterguard for an impressive season. The Winterguard had many great performances this season at MCCGA events and also brought home a 7th place finish at State. This group of talented performers spent many late nights and weekends preparing to represent Howell at the local, state and national level. You can view one of their performances below. Thank you to our Winterguard for representing Howell in such a positive way.
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Adalie Huwe Digital Art On Display

If you are looking to find works from some of our most talented students you don't have to walk any further than the art hallway. The art hallway is filled with many great works and projects from our many talented artists. Currently on display in the art hall is Adalie Huwe's digital art photos. If you have the opportunity please take the time to walk through the art hallway to see the many great things our Howell artists are creating!
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Freshman Kinley Brown Invited To U.S. Soccer Identification Camp

Congratulations to Howell Freshman Kinley Brown on being invited to the U.S. Soccer YNT Identification camp. The YNT Identification Centers are one of the main tactics of Talent Identification. YNT ID Centers are no-cost identification opportunities for U.S. Soccer Talent Identification Managers to evaluate and monitor top talents. U.S. Soccer, in conjunction with local clubs, hosts approximately 100 sessions each year in 25 key markets throughout the country. These invite-only training sessions provide opportunities for scout development, education, and mentoring, and help strengthen connection and collaboration between U.S. Soccer, clubs, and their constituents in local markets. Talent Identification Managers assess the top players from different clubs and markets in different combinations, cross-referencing top talents across the nation. Congrats to Kinley on a great honor!

Howell Bowling Team Prepares For State Run

Congratulations to the Howell Bowling team! These Vikings recently advanced to compete at State on April 27th. The Howell Bowling team is made up of Howell students Jason Pyles, Brett Huff, Allison Boczkiewicz, Devon Barton, Trent Duffey and Lorenzo King. Congratulations to these young men and women on a great regular season and good luck at State!
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Howell Senior Hosts Heroin Walk To Promote Awareness

Thank you to Viking senior Charlotte Herman and her St. Charles Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program peers studying in the healthcare strand who organized the Walk To Stop Heroin events at Legacy Park. The group of students led by Charlotte developed the event to help bring awareness to the heroin epidemic that has affected so many. Congratulations to Charlotte and the many that were involved to make this event possible!
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Howell Summer Camps Available Online, Registration Begins May 1st

Are you interested in Howell Viking summer camps? You can visit to see a complete list of camps available for your current or future Viking. Dates and times for camps can be found online now. Beginning May 1st, you will be able to go online to sign up and pay for all of your camps in one location. The online format helps to streamline the process and allows you to sign up for multiple camps at one time while only filling out your information once!

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New Nike Apparel Has Arrived, 20% While Quantities Last

The Activities Office has received a new shipment of Nike Howell apparel. The new apparel includes t-shirts, shorts, sweatpants, hoodies and polo's! All this week the Activities Department will be offering 20% off the retail price for those wanting to add to their spring wardrobe. You can view pictures of some of the new apparel below. Please drop by the Activities Office to purchase your new Howell merchandise this week!

2019-20 School Year Start Dates & Dead Periods Announced For MSHSAA Activities & Sports

The summer, fall, winter, and spring dead periods and starting dates for MSHSAA sponsored activities has been released for the 2019-20 school year. These dates can be found below. We hope that this information helps all Vikings and their families coordinate and prepare for the summer and sports seasons ahead during the 2019-20 school year.

Summer Dead Period (All MSHSAA Sponsored Activities) - June 29 - July 7, 2019

Fall Sports Dead Period (Fall Sports) - August 5 - August 11, 2019

Fall Sports Begin August 12, 2019

Winter Sports Dead Period (excluding girls swim) - October 27 - November 3, 2019

Winter Sports (excluding girls swim) begins November 4, 2019

Winter Sports Dead Period (Girls Swim) - November 3 - November 10, 2019

Girls Swim Begins November 11, 2019

Spring Sports Dead Period - February 23 - March 1, 2020

Spring Sports Begin March 2, 2020

Stay Connected With The Activities Department

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Camp Website –

Activities Hotline- 636-851-4700 (Option 1)


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A Legacy of Excellence

252 GAC Championships

156 District Championships

76 Final Four Appearances

28 State Championships