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Activities, Clubs & Sports Excel In Classroom; 1222 Participants Earn A Cumulative 3.59 GPA

It was a very successful first semester both in and out of activities at Howell. During the first semester 1,222 students participated in an activity, club or sport. These 1,222 students earned a cumalative GPA of 3.59 during the first semester. This is the highest cumulative GPA for this group in the past four years. In all 44 of 45 activities, clubs and sports at Howell during the first semester earned an over 3.0 GPA. Below you can find the GPA's of all activities, clubs and sports that earned an over 3.0 GPA. Congratulations to our student-participants, coaches, sponsors, teachers and parents for their support in a very successful first semester in the classroom.

MSHSAA Sponsored Activities/Sports

Scholar Bowl - 4.52

Girls Swim - 3.96

Speech & Debate - 3.79

Girls Basketball - 3.74

Cross Country - 3.74

Girls Golf - 3.72

Girls Volleyball - 3.67

Softball - 3.64

Girls Tennis - 3.61

Dance - 3.49

Band - 3.43

Boys Swim - 3.42

Cheer - 3.39

Choir - 3.33

Boys Basketball - 3.24

Football - 3.05

Boys Soccer - 3.05

Wrestling - 3.03


Math Club/Mu Alpha Theta - 4.27

NHS - 4.12

Youth In Government - 4.12

Student Council - 3.98

HOSA - 3.96

World Language Club - 3.85

Robotics - 3.84

Art Club - 3.77

Viking Way - 3.72

FCA - 3.69

TSA/PLTW - 3.67

Viking Edge - 3.62

Ecology Club/Safe - 3.59

FBLA - 3.52

Book Club - 3.48

Yearbook - 3.47

Color Guard - 3.45

Drumline - 3.45

FCCLA - 3.45

Winterguard - 3.44

DECA - 3.42

Journalism - 3.41

Table Tennis - 3.4

Theatre/Drama - 3.38

Games Club - 3.17

GSA - 3.0

Wrestling Wins St. Charles West Invitational

The Varsity Wrestling team traveled down 94 to the very competitive St. Charles West Invitational. The Vikings edged out state ranked Seckman to win their third tournament of the season. The Vikings were led by nine medalists. Peter Enos, Jack Flynn, and Ryan Skillington brought home championships for the Vikings. Congratulations to Coach Stroh and our wrestlers for a great two day tournament finish!

St. Charles West Invitational Medalists

113 - Josh Kyle (29-8) placed 3rd and scored 21.00 team points.

120 - Evan Kreith (20-10) placed 4th and scored 14.00 team points.

132 - Moses Powell (17-18) placed 4th and scored 13.00 team points.

145 - Robert Saunders (15-12) placed 5th and scored 13.00 team points.

152 - Peter Enos (34-0) placed 1st and scored 28.50 team points.

170 - Gunnar Mohrmann (18-16) placed 4th and scored 14.00 team points.

195 - Jack Flynn (35-0) placed 1st and scored 27.00 team points.

220 - Nathan Odonohue (29-7) placed 4th and scored 15.00 team points.

285 - Ryan Skillington (28-10) placed 1st and scored 27.00 team points.

Girls Swim Finishes 6th At Competitive Kirkwood Invite

The Girls Swim program competed in the very tough Kirkwood Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Our Lady Vikings came away with a sixth place finish against some of the top teams in the state. Several of our swimmers earned state cuts and PR'd over the course of the two day meet. You can view those that competed in the finals below. Congratulations to girls swimmers on a great meet!

Kirkwood Invitational Finals

200 Medley - 2nd

200 Free - 4th (Emma Brabham), 6th (Natalie Nguyen)

200 IM - 3rd (Madison Nguyen)

100 Free - 2nd (Regan Cathcart), 4th (Natalie Nguyen)

500 Free - 4th (Madison Nguyen)

200 Free Relay - 11th (CC Allen, Kaitlyn Klott, Erin Gilbert & Mary Todd)

100 Breast - 4th (Emma Brabham)

400 Free Relay - 2nd (Madison Nguyen, Regan Cathcart, Natalie Nguyen & Emma Brabham)

Alexa Brugere Named Nominee For SCC HOF Senior Award

Congratulations to Alexa Brugere. Alexa has been nominated for the St. Charles County Amateur Sports Hall of Fame Female Senior Athlete of the Year. You can view the many accomplishments that Alexa has had over the course of her four year high school career here at Howell. Congratulations to Alexa!

Alexa Brugere

Class of 2018

Volleyball & Track

Tennessee Tech University Volleyball Signee (NCAA DI)


Over 4.25 GPA


  • 6x GAC-South Champion:
  • 9x All-GAC-South:
  • 9x All-District
  • 5x District Champion:
  • 2x All-State:
  • School Record Holder: 4x800m
  • Top 10 All Time in State History (9th): 4x800m


  • 2x All-Conference

  • 2x All-District

  • All Region (2016)

  • Under Armour all American Watch List (2017)

  • All State Nominee (2017)

  • Most Digs in a single season in Howell history

  • Most Digs per set in a single season in Howell history

  • Most career digs at Howell

  • 2nd most career digs/set at Howell

  • 5th most sets played in a career at Howell

  • Most digs in a single match in Howell history (State championship match)

  • Most digs in a single match at Class 4 State Championships (State championship match)

  • Most digs in a Class 4 State Championship tournament (2016)

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Jack Flynn Named Nominee for SCC HOF Senior Award

Congratulations to Jack Flynn. Jack has been nominated for the St. Charles County Amateur Sports Hall of Fame Male Senior Athlete of the Year. You can view the many accomplishments that Jack has had over the course of his four year high school career here at Howell. Congratulations to Jack!

Jack Flynn

Class of 2018

Football & Wrestling

University of Missouri Wrestling Signee (NCAA DI)


Over 3.0 GPA


  • 3x State Medalist (6th-2015, 4th-2016, 2nd-2017),
  • 3x GAC Champion
  • 2x Captain
  • HS Record - 148-21


  • 2x GAC All-Conference (1st-2016, 2nd-2017) 2016 1st Team All-Conference,
  • All District 2017
  • Captain 2017


  • NHSCA National Champion - 2016
  • NHSCA - 6th - 2017
  • USA Cadet All American
  • Currently Ranked #17 Nationally by Flowrestling
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Choir Collaborates with Ohio State University & Webster University

Our Women's Chamber Choir had the unique opportunity to collaborate and work alongside two great college choirs over the weekend. Our Women's Chamber Choir was able to work alongside members of the Ohio State University Choir and Webster University Choir students. The opportunity was arranged by Howell Choir Director Karey Fitzpatrick. You can view a short video of the choirs warming up below.

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1st Annual Swishes For Wishes Game Takes Place This Friday

You will not want to miss the 1st Annual Swishes For Wishes game this Friday night as our boys and girls basketball programs take on FHN. The Make-A-Wish Club in partnership with the boys and girls basketball program will be raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and take part in the many activities and events planned over the course of the evening that will all benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The girl's varsity game tips off at 5:30 p.m. with the boy's varsity game beginning at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see the entire Howell community come out to support this great event that benefits a student in our area.
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Howell Swimmer Cathcart Volunteers In Ghana

Howell Girls Swimmer Reagan Cathcart spent her winter break differently than most Vikings. Over the winter break Reagan traveled to Ghana as part of the "Care 4 Ghana" mission trip. While there, Reagan was part of helping with medical procedures that were performed by area surgeons that also were on the mission trip. In addition, Reagan also gathered used soccer equipment from Howell students and old unused Howell soccer uniforms to take to the children of Ghana. Thank you to Reagan for representing Howell and our programs in such a positive way across the globe!
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Football Awarded IAFO Sportsmanship Award

Congratulations to our football team on being recognized for their sportsmanship efforts. The football program was recently awarded the 2017 IAFO Sportsmanship Award. The awarded is given out by the local football officials association and recognizes a football program that has coaches, players and fans that demonstrate great sportsmanship over the course of the high school football season. Thank you to our coaches, players and fans for their efforts in earning this award.
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Scholar Bowl Continues Successful Run

Our Scholar Bowl program has experienced much success over the course of the past few years. They have won back to back District Championships for the first time in program history and hope to add a third straight in a few months. This group of young men and women put in a great deal of time to represent Howell not just locally but across the state. The Vikings are currently 4-0 and atop the St. Charles League standings. Senior Ganon Evans also sits atop the individual standings and is averaging 160 points per game. No that is not a typo. Sitting just outside the Top 10 in the St. Charles individual standings is Noah Schultz.

Be sure to check out our next Viking Insider as we go behind the scenes and learn more about our scholar bowl members and why it has become so popular at Howell.

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Boys Basketball Volunteers With Special Olympics

The Boys Basketball program is having a successful season on the court as they have gotten off to one of the best starts in program history at 13-3 but they are also doing much more than excelling on the hardwood. On Saturday, the program volunteered with the Special Olympics. It was a great day that saw not only the Special Olympics participants benefit from the day, but also our boy's basketball players. Thank you to our Vikings for making the day special for all of the participants.
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Viking Softball Player Goulet Selected As KMOX/SEMO Student of Achievement

Logan Goulet has been selected as a KMOX/Southeast Missouri State University Student of Achievement. Logan is among 30 students throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area selected for their outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, the arts, community service and leadership. Logan will be recognized on KMOX Radio and will also receive the opportunity to accept a scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University in the fall of 2019. Logan’s recorded interview will be aired on KMOX in the upcoming months. Congratulations to Logan! (Photo: FHHS Today)

Coach Snyder Inducted Into Tecumseh High School Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Coach Snyder on being inducted into the Tecumseh High School Athletic Hall of Fame over the weekend. Coach Snyder traveled back to Ohio to received the award from his alma mater. Congratulations to Coach Snyder on earning the great honor!
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JV Wrestling Takes 3rd Place At Lindbergh Duals Tournament

Congratulations to the JV Wrestling team on their third place finish at the Lindbergh Duals Tournament on Saturday. This talented group continues to have success through the conference and tournament schedule. Congratulations to all of our JV wrestlers!
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2018-19 Dead Period & Sports Season Start Dates Released

The summer, fall, winter, and spring dead periods for the 2018-19 school year have been released. The MSHSAA 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 18-19 school year.

Summer Dead Period (All MSHSAA Sponsored Activities) - June 30-July 8, 2018

Fall Sports Dead Period (Fall Sports) - July 29-August 5, 2018

Fall Sports Begin August 6, 2018

Winter Sports Dead Period (Winter Sports - excluding girls swim) - October 21-28, 2018

Winter Sports (excluding girls swim) begins October 29, 2018

Winter Sports Dead Period (Girls Swim) - October 28-November 4, 2018

Girls Swim Begins November 5, 2018

Spring Sports Dead Period - February 17-24, 2018

Spring Sports Begin February 25, 2018

Staff Spotlight - Tracy Carlson

Each week we will spotlight the great staff we have at Howell that make our activities, clubs and sports possible. These Vikings put in a great deal of time to represent Howell in positive ways and add so much to our Howell family. Being attached to the Howell building and our community is important for not just students but also staff. This week we highlight Tracy Carlson who coaches cross counry, basketball and tennis at Howell.

Name: Tracy Lynn Carlson

Sport/Activity Coached: Cross Country, Basketball, Tennis

Years Coaching At Howell: 9

College Playing/Coaching Experience: Played basketball briefly at Maryville University prior to be activated off reserve military status. Played basketball for company teams in the Army while active, and returned when basketball season ended. Led me to playing more tennis in college at Maryville at the #1 Singles and Doubles position my graduate year. Coaching experience is all at Howell.

Why did you decide to enter the coaching profession? To share my passion for sports and the power of a team. I love the feeling you get when you have worked so hard for something and then it finally pays off. Not only in the form of medals or trophies, but the emotion you feel for that accomplishment and all the lessons you learned along the way. I think being a part of team shapes a person, maybe even ‘remolds’ them, by testing character skills like the ones our activities emphasize…Respect, Integrity, Sportsmanship, and Excellence. These skills are useful for a lifetime and not just in competition. You think being a coach you would be giving all of the ‘lessons’, but if I was being truthful, I’ve probably learned so much more from the student athletes I have coached and have gained memories that I will cherish forever. I’m pretty lucky.

What do you enjoy most about Howell? Not many schools have the spirit we have around Howell…it is nice walking into the stadium or on the court and literally feeling the atmosphere that ‘bleeds’ blue and gold. It is really fun to watch. So I guess, the people…that keep it interesting around here J

In my spare time I like to …...spend time with my family and friends in anyway really, but I am active/competitive person by nature so of course I enjoy still playing tennis, basketball, racing, bowling, etc. Some good ol’ Kan Jam or fiddling with my guitar that I am way behind practice on. I like to ‘craft’ and scrapbook my memories. With having two young boys I really enjoy just spending time with them because they remind my husband and I what it feels like to be a kid and that is pretty contagious. Living curiously is the way to go…like George (which we do watch repetitively and have almost 100 episodes saved on DVR).

Spring Meet the Coaches Set For February 15th

The spring season "Meet the Coaches" has been set for February 15th. Eligibility paperwork turn in will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the high school commons with the meeting portion of the evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. All eligibility paperwork must be complete to be turned in. All students participating in a spring MSHSAA sponsored activity must have this completed prior to the first day on February 26th. It is recommended that all paperwork be turned in at the "Meet the Coaches" event on February 15th. To ensure participation on February 26th all fully complete paperwork must be turned in no later than February 23rd at noon. A link to all eligibility paperwork can be found below.

Meet The Coaches - February 15th

5:30-6:00 pm - Eligibility Paperwork Turn In

6:00-6:20 pm - Presentation By Activities Director Sean Erwin (Only those that did not attend the fall or winter Meet the Coaches need to attend this portion)

6:20-6:45 pm - Team Breakout Sessions (All spring student-athletes must attend)

2017-18 Eligibility Paperwork

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Tradition Lives Here

242 GAC Championships

151 District Championships

72 Final Four Appearances

26 State Championships