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Boys Golf Advances Four To State Sectionals

Congratulations to Kirk Brewster (9th overall), Blake Derleth (12th), Quin Hoenig (12th), and Cole Prager (17th) for advancing to the State Sectionals this week at Woods Fort as a four man team. The Boys Golf program has had a successful season at all levels this season. Good luck to our Varsity program as they look to punch their ticket to State this week!

State Sectional Qualifiers

Kirk Brewster

Blake Derleth

Quin Hoenig

Cole Prager

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Howell Activities Department & Viking Leadership Academy Earn National Recognition

On Wednesday the Howell Activities Department was named 1 of only 13 activities/sports organizations in the country to receive a National Promising Practice for Character Development Award for the Viking Leadship Academy program. The award was presented by The Promising Practice award recognizes unique approaches to comprehensive character development, peer mediation & conflict resolution approaches, effective strategies for developing leadership & service learning activities that build community. The Viking Leadership Academy was started five years ago to help develop leadership capacity and character development among students involved in activities, clubs and sports at Howell. Thank you to Mrs. Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Kerns and Coach Muehling for their continued support and help in delivering the content within the program and thank you to our coaches and sponsors that continue to encourage their students to attend VLA.
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Track Brings Home 15 GAC Championships At Conference Meet

The Track program had a successful day at the GAC South Track Meet. Our Vikings brought home 15 GAC Championships between our Varsity and JV programs. You can view our GAC Champions and a list of the full results below. Congratulations to all of our track student-athletes and good luck to our Varsity as they prepare for Districts.

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Varsity Boys Track GAC Champions

Discus - Will Thwing - 1st Place

Shot Put - Drake Heismeyer - 1st Place

Javelin - Mason Brock - 1st Place

1600m - Nick Cimmarusti - 1st Place

4x100 - Caleb Meriweather, Julius Elliot, Reid Weber, CJ Banton - 1st Place

3200 Nick Cimmarusti - 1st Place

Varsity Girls Track GAC Champions

4x800 - Chloe Figgins, Maggie May, Sydney Russell, Taylor Russell - 1st Place

100m Dash - Brooke Clemons - 1st Place

1600m - Chole Figgins - 1st Place

400m - Zora Williams - 1st Place

3200m - Sarah Russom - 1st Place

4x400 - Zora Williams, Sydney Russell, Shea Schultz, Taylor Russell - 1st Place

JV Boys Track GAC Champions

4x200 - William Spence, Jacob Donnelly, Kevin Bryant, Mark Harden - 1st Place

4x100 - William Spence, Jacob Donnelly, Joe Ketchum, Mark Harden - 1st Place

JV Girls Track GAC Champions

Pole Vault - Emily Che - 1st Place

Boys Basketball Named Program Of The Year

The Francis Howell High School Activities Department is proud to announce that the 1st Annual Peoples Savings Bank Program of the Year for 2019 is the boys basketball program. This new recognition is a joint partnership between the Howell Activities Department and Peoples Savings Bank. It was developed to recognize an activity, club or sport at Howell each year that has shown excellence in the classroom, in their activity/sport and has taken an active role in the community through service.

The boys basketball program had a historic season by winning it’s fifth straight conference championship, second straight district championship and made its first final four appearance in program history. The boys basketball program also earned the most wins in program history with twenty-eight. The young men in the boys program also excelled in the classroom where they held a cumulative program GPA of 3.40 and an attendance rate of over 97% for the school year. The boys basketball program was also active within the community where they volunteered over 300 hours and raised over $3500 for charities. The basketball programs efforts this season benefitted the Helping Hands, Oasis Food Pantry, Special Olympics and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

For the boys basketball programs efforts on the court, in the classroom and in our community the Peoples Savings Bank will be donating $1,000 to the program.The funds donated by Peoples Savings Bank are raised by PSB clients utilizing their debit cards at merchants and then 5 cents per eligible transaction is set aside for the recipient of their choice, one of which happens to be Francis Howell High School. Don Meyer, Senior Vice President of Peoples Savings Bank states, “we greatly appreciate the support of the parents, teachers, and community members who have chosen to partner with PSB on this program.”

Thank you to Don Meyer, Peoples Savings Bank and all PSB clients that have chose Francis Howell High School as their recipient and congratulations to the boys basketball program for representing Howell in such a positive way!

Varsity Boys Volleyball Wins O'Fallon Tournament, Lower Levels Finish Season In GAC Tournament

It was a busy weekend for the Boys Volleyball program as all three levels competed in tournaments. The Varsity traveled to O'Fallon High School in Illinois to compete in their two day tournament. The Vikings brought home the Silver Division title. In addition to the championship, Chase Engelhard was named to the All-Tournament Team. The JV program finished their season by competing in the GAC Tournament where they brought home a 3rd place finish while the C Team brought home a 6th place finish while competing in the GAC Tournament to complete their season. Congratulations to our lower level programs on a great season and good luck to our Varsity program as they prepare for Districts!

31 Howell Thespians Inducted Into International Thespian Society

The Francis Howell Limelight Theatre and Drama Club recently recognized 31 new inductees to the International Thespian Society. The International Thespian Society is a Honor society for drama students and is based on the quality and quantity of work in all parts of theatre.

The following Drama Students have completed a minimum of 100 hours of time to the Theatre in either onstage performances or behind the scene positions. Congratulations to these 31 young men and women for representing Howell and the drama program so well!

International Thespian Society Inductees

Mallory Abshear, Kerinna Kanters, Natalie Althof, Izzy Luca, Tishitha Avvaru, Joey Montgomery, Nicholas Brock, Maya Pal, Anna Burk, Jakob Ringwald, Lauren Buzzell, Samantha Rogers, Luke Castelein, Nolan Thurman, Courtney Crow, Alexa Thornton, Madison Ellis – Dobelmann, Bryce Thornton, Sophie Gruener, Cooper Traluch, Lily Hall, Jamie Saylor, Kaitlyn Hinson, Ben Smith, Blake Jenkins, Michael O’Sullivan, Judah Johnson, Martin Villaseca, Faith Zuber.

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Eric Lovelace Commits To Mizzou For Wrestling

Congratulations to senior Eric Lovelace for his committment to the University of Missouri to further his education and wrestle. Eric will become the third Howell wrestler in the past four years that has gone on to wrestle at Mizzou and will join both Connor and Jack Flynn. Congratulations to Eric on representing Howell so well both on and off the mat! We look forward to following Eric's career at Mizzou!

Daylan Dalton Commits To Southwestern Illinois College

Congratulations to Daylan Dalton on his decision to further his education and basketball career at Southwestern Illinois College. Daylan helped lead the Vikings to the first ever Final Four in program history and also eclipsed 1,000 points in his high school career this season while also becoming the Howell all-time assists leader. Congratulations to Daylan!

Baseball Earns #2 Seed In District Tournament

The Varsity Baseball program earned the #2 seed in the Class 5 District 7 Tournament. The Vikings will host the tournament at Howell. The Vikings have been led this season at the plate by Dalton Grantham who currently holds a .438 batting average and Matt Schark who leads the Vikings with 4 homeruns. On the mound Daniel Fick and Matt James have paced the Vikings with three wins and with ERA's below 3. Good luck to our Vikings this week as they finish the regular season and get ready to host the Class 5 District 7 Tournament.

Class 5 District 7 Tournament @ Howell

May 11th - Howell vs. FZN @ 11am

May 13th - Liberty vs. 4/5 Winner @ 1:30pm

2/7 Winnver vs. 3/6 Winner @ 4:00pm

May 15th - TBA vs. TBA @ 4pm (District Championship)

*Admission to the MSHSAA District Tournament is $5. (This is a MSHSAA event so passes may not be used)

Eva Voss To March With Casper Troopers

Congratulations to Eva Voss who recently earned the opportunity to march with the DCI World Class Corps Casper Troopers. The Troopers are based out of Casper, Wyoming. Evan is a member of the Guard at Howell. Congratulations to Eva on this great accomplishment!
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2019-20 STUCO Officers Announced

Congratulations to the 2019-20 STUCO officers that were announced last week! We look forward to another great year of activities and service when we return to school next year!

2019-20 STUCO Officers

President - Eliza Jones

1st Vice President - Olivia Zhang

2nd Vice President - Ethan Simpkins

Membership Coordinator - Evan Simpkins

Treasurer - Devin Dalton

Howell Alums Niedringhaus, Suiter & Brazil Advance To Nationals

Congratulations to Howell alums and current Missouri State Lacrosse players Joel Niedringhaus, Derek Suiter and Mike Brazil on advancing to Nationals with the Missouri State Lacrosse program!
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Sign Up Now For Your Howell Summer Camps

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. You can now 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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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

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Francis Howell Activities Department

A Legacy of Excellence

252 GAC Championships

156 District Championships

76 Final Four Appearances

28 State Championships