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A Week That Highlights The Howell Family & Our Community

The support of our students, programs and our community continues to grow. The 2019-20 school year has already seen a 50% increase in passes sold to our events and increased attendance at pre-season jamborees. If the start to the school year is any indication, expect record crowds at all of our Howell events this year.

The support at our events is more than just a display of "Viking Pride." It is a passion to support all of our programs and to come together as one Howell community as we assist many great causes and organizations. Over the course of the past five years, over $155,000 has been raised and over 50,000 hours have been served to benefit organizations and causes in our community through our programs and events. These efforts are leaving their mark not only on our participants but also on our community.

This week we have a great opportunity to support two amazing efforts through our programs. The softball program will be hosting their annual "Purple Out" game to benefit the Friends of Kids with Cancer organization and our football program will be hosting the annual "First Responders Night" game to benefit the Backstoppers. These are both two great community events that are about so much more than the sport being played. If you have the opportunity this week I would encourage all Howell Family members and Viking fans to get out and to support these two amazing opportunities to not only support the great young men and women in our programs but also causes much greater than our programs.

As we put a focus on the "Howell Family" this season we hope to see you on campus supporting the many great things taking place. Thank you for your continued support of our programs and I hope to see all of our Howell Family this week as we kick off the first full week of fall activitis and sports!

Sean Erwin, Ed.S., CAA

Activities Director

Francis Howell High School

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Plan Ahead For The 5th Annual First Responders Night Football Game

Your Guide To The 5th Annual First Responders Night

Howell Vikings vs. Kirkwood Pioneers

September 6, 2019

Gametime: 7:00 p.m.

Gates Open: 5:00 p.m.

Ticket Sales Begin: 4:30 p.m.

DJ Block Party: 4:30 p.m.

Arrive Early - Due to an expected record crowd Viking fans are encouraged to arrive early on Friday night. Tickets will begin to be sold at 4:30 p.m. and gates open at 5:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to be in the stadium by 6:20 p.m. to enjoy the many pre-game events planned. Four ticket lines have been added to our new mobile ticket trailer to handle the large crowds.

Parking & Shuttle - Parking is available on the campus of Francis Howell High School as well as the commuter parking lot off of Research Park Drive. A shuttle will be running from the commuter parking lot to the stadium from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for fans.

First Responders & Active Military- All First Responders, active and retired military will be admitted free to the game with an ID.

DJ Block Party - All fans are encouraged to arrive early and to enjoy the DJ Block Party in front of the stadium prior to the game. The DJ Block Party takes place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in front of the stadium. DJ Manny will be playing music for all ages as we celebrate a great Howell tradition.

JR Viking Football & JR Viking Cheer - Students involved with these groups will be admitted free to the game with their jersey or uniform. Students from all three groups will welcome the team to the field prior to the game.

Red, White, & Blue Theme- All fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue in honor of our First Responders and military personnel.

Patriot Guard Riders Present Colors- The Missouri Patriot Guard Riders will escort the Howell Football program to the field and will also take part in presenting the colors prior to the football game.

National Anthem - The Howell Band will perform the National Anthem prior to the game.

Surprise Ending To National Anthem - A surprise ending to the National anthem will for sure bring fans to their feet. You will not want to miss this historic moment.

Delivery of Game Ball- A trademark of the First Responders Night at Howell is the special delivery of the game ball. Viking fans will be able to view a special fly over and delivery of the game ball courtesy of Metro Air Support. 12th Man Booster Club President and military veteran Jen Heismeyer and her family will receive the game ball which will be presented by current Howell parent and Captain of the St. Charles County Bureau of Special Enforcement Craig Ostermeyer.

Special Game Entrance - Viking fans can enjoy a special entrance to the field courtesy of our friends at Osteostrong - O’Fallon. Be sure that you are in your seats as our Vikings take the field for this electrifying entrance.
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Purple Out Softball Game To Support Friends Of Kids With Cancer

Purple Out Softball Game

Howell vs FHC

September 5th, 2019

Maryville University

JV game—4:15

Varsity game—6:15

The Purple Out game is played every year between Howell and FHC varsity programs to support the Friends of Kids with Cancer. This cause is very near and dear to the Howell community. Trevor Joerling was the twin brother of Darby who was a standout softball player for the Howell softball team. Trevor was one of the team’s biggest supporters and what some would call a Super Fan. Trevor would have graduated from Howell in 2016. He lost his battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on June 3, 2014. In his 16 years on earth, he taught many so much with his smile and positive outlook. We now celebrate Trevor’s life at the annual Purple Out softball game.

We hope to see many Vikings fans in attendance at Maryville University on Thursday night for another great Howell community event.

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Cross Country Has Strong Performance At Memphis Twilight

On Saturday the Cross Country program traveled to the Memphis Twilight Classic. The event was attended by 2,700 runners representing 282 teams from 11 different states. Our Vikings made a strong showing at this major regional event. Below you can see a recap of some of the highlights from the meet. Congratulations to all of our Vikings that made the trip to compete!

Highlights From Memphis Twilight

Varsity Boys take 8th out of 25 teams. (Nick Cimmarusti finishes 19th)

Varsity Girls take 3rd out of 35 teams. (Sarah Russom finishes 11th & Mack Flynn 15th)

JV Girls take 2nd Place. (Caroline Rousseau finishes 6th, Audrey Zander 7th, Mikayla Huber 14th)

It Takes A Family, Support For Howell Programs Is Essential For Success

The phrase "It Takes a Family" could not be more true across all of our programs. Our parent, business and community support is what makes our programs so successful. Over the next few editions of the Viking Insider we will be showcasing programs and the support that they receive from students, parents, volunteers, businesses and our community.

This week we highlight our boys soccer program and their sponsors. Over the past two seasons our boys soccer program has had an impressive 42-8-2 record on their way to two conference championships, one district championship and a state quarterfinal appearance. Since 2011 our boys soccer program has amassed over 150 wins on their way to bringing home the programs first ever State Championship. The soccer program looks to build off of two consecutive 20 win seasons during their 2019 campaign. The soccer program kicks off their season at home on Tuesday as they host Oakville at 6:00 p.m. at Howell.

Over the course of the past few years the community and business support has continued to grow for the boys soccer program. These partnerships help to build a strong foundation for success and improved opportunities and experiences for those involved in the soccer program. The Howell boys soccer program would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support during the 2019 season!

Howell Boy's Soccer Sponsors

Brake Landscaping -

Escape on Main -

Harris Jewelers -

Hazzard Moving & Storage -

Majestic Dental -

Moshiri Orthodontics -

ProCare -

St. Louis Tattoo -

T. Arcobasso's -

Watchtower Security -

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Howell Limelight Theatre announces "Radium Girls" Cast, Production Team and Crews

The Howell Limelight Theatre has announced the cast and crew of their upcoming production of Radium Girls. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.

Production and rehearsal for the FHHS fall play “Radium Girls” starts this week. While the production team and crews will be working behind the curtain to design the set, find costumes and light the stage, the cast will be rehearsing on stage in the auditorium every day from 2:20 to 5:00 p.m.

Good luck to our cast and crew as they prepare for another great production!

Who’s who on the cast of “Radium Girls”

Grace Fryer - Kennedy Lindauer

Arthur Roeder - Santino Bono

Kathryn Shaub - Katie Thuet

Charlie Lee/VonSochocky - Dean Wright

Irene/Customer - Dora Vaccaro

Tom Kreider - Blake Jenkins

Mrs. MacNeil/Dr. Martland - Izzy Luca Raymond

Berry/Cowboy - Lars Redmund

Mrs. Roeder/Elderly Widow - Allie Thorton

Reporter - Ben Finchamp

Harriet/Shopgirl - Elise Martinez

Edward Markley - Jamie Saylor

Mrs. Fryer - Catherine Kraemer

Dr. Knef/Venecine - Aidan Ferrar

Miss Wiley/Madame Curie - Mallory Abshear

Frederick Flinn/Board #1 - Aryn Barlow

Sobsister - Kayla Elmore

Board #3/Court - Jeremiah Brown

Societywoman/Mrs. Michaels - Jaleacia Evans

Board#2/Photographer/Male Shopper - Luke Alexander

JA Bailey/Clerk/Store Owner - Cole Bahm

Who’s who on Production Team / Crew Heads of “Radium Girls”

Company Stage Manager - Kyleigh Holman

Production Stage Manager - Jacob Abernathy

Assistant Stage Manager - Jakob Ringwald

Dramaturgy - Camille Lechner

Dramaturgy - Lily Moore

Lights Crew - Martín Villaseca

Sound Crew - Luke Castelein

Paint Crew - Noelle Myriek

Set Crew - Kerinna Kanters

Props Crew - Sam Temper

Publicity Crew - Bella Bartner

Costume Crew - Katelyn Traluch

Hair/Makeup Crew - Kiersten Tichenor

Band Performs At FHSD Preview

The Howell Band has been putting in long hours over the course of the summer and start of the school year in preparation for the 2019 marching season. On Thursday night our Viking Band performed at the FHSD Band Preview. You can view some of the sights and sounds by clicking the link below. Your next chance to catch our talented band is this Friday as they perform at halftime of the 5th Annual First Responders Night Football Game. Good luck to our band this season!

FHSD Band Preview Performance

Event Guidelines & Representing Howell With Pride

The success of Howell programs strengthens our community and grows the reach of the Howell Family and Viking Pride. Howell events are unmatched in their attendance, enthusiasm and support. While enthusiasm and support for Howell has reached historic levels and attendance at our events continues to grow, we want to remind all members of the Howell Family and visitors of some basic guidelines on our campus and in our parking lots prior to games. Unlike the pre-game activity at many colleges and professional sporting events, tailgating at Howell has restrictions that need to be respected and followed by everyone in attendance. These restrictions help us work to ensure the safety of everyone while simultaneously supporting a fun, family-friendly environment for all in our community.

  • All students and children currently enrolled in eighth grade and younger must be accompanied and supervised by an adult to be admitted and to remain at Howell events.

  • No open flames (BBQ’s, fire pits, charcoal, etc.) are permitted on campus.

  • Trash – All trash must be disposed of. Please bring trash bags to facilitate this process.

  • All fire, emergency access lanes and “no parking zones” must remain clear at all times.

  • The possession and consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited before, during and after the games.

  • Under Missouri state law, smoking and vaping are prohibited on campus.

  • Profanity and unsportsmanlike conduct are grounds for immediate removal from the campus.

Those familiar with Howell activities, clubs and sports know that character development and displaying our R.I.S.E. core values of respect, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence guide what we do in our programs and at our events. In order to meet the high expectations we have in our programs and events we need good role models. Thank you for helping represent Howell in a positive way and for providing a safe, fun, and overall great setting and experience for all Howell Family members at our events.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at many of our Howell Family events!

Sean Erwin Ed.S., CAA

Activities Director

Francis Howell High School

Howell Nike Apparel Arrives

Viking fans looking to outfit themselves for the fall can now pick up Howell Nike apparel in the activities office. The new apparel arrived on Friday and is 20% off the retail price while supplies last. There are limited sizes and quantity on all items. Drop by the Activities Office office during normal school hours to purchase your apparel!
Heismeyer leading the way at Francis Howell

Stay Connected With The Activities Department

There are many ways for Viking fans to stay informed and aware of everything going on at Howell. Below you can find several platforms to find information specific to the Howell Activities Department. Finding information and content on our activities, clubs and sports has never been easier!

Twitter- @FHVikings

Website & App –

Instagram - FHVikings

Viking Insider (Weekly E-Magazine) Sign up at

Youtube Channel -

Camp Website –

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

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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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A Legacy of Excellence

261 GAC Championships

163 District Championships

79 Final Four Appearances

28 State Championships