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Howell Programs Begin Season Ranked

The fall sports season kicked off this past weekend and several of our programs are receiving local and state attention. The softball, soccer cross country and volleyball programs all earned spots in the pre-season rankings. Congratulations to these programs on being recognized in the pre-season rankings!

Stlhighschoolsports Pre-Season Rankings

Pre-Season #2 - Softball

Pre-Season #5 - Boys Soccer

Pre-Season #6 - Girls Volleyball

MO Milesplit Pre-Season State Rankings

Pre-Season #10 - Girls Cross Country

Howell Continues To R.I.S.E. Above It's Competition

The Francis Howell High School Activities Department believes that all Howell programs should promote high achievement in all activities, sports, in the classroom, and in the community. Preparing our student-participants is our top priority and being involved in a Howell activity enhances the overall high school experience of students and staff alike. We recognize our role in developing successful students who represent our programs, Francis Howell High School, the community, and their families in a positive way.

Francis Howell has developed a set of core values that are stressed in all programs and that are a focus of the Viking Leadership Academy. The core values of respect, integrity, sportsmanship, and excellence are vital in the development of the young men and women in the Howell programs.

Respect - Student-participants, staff, parents and Viking fans respect and value others.

Integrity - Student-participants, staff, parents, and Viking fans demonstrate their integrity by being honest and trustworthy in their actions. The preparation of our students to become leaders, good citizens and contributors to the community is a commitment by all involved in Howell activities.

Sportsmanship - Student-participants, staff, parents and Viking fans practice the ideals of sportsmanship and are leaders within the framework of a competitive environment.

Excellence - Student-participants, staff, parents and Viking fans are in pursuit of excellence in sport, activity, in the classroom and in our community. Our focus on excellence remains constant as we strive to create positive and successful experiences for all involved.

As we begin our fall season we hope that all students, staff and fans represent Howell and our community in a positive way through displaying our R.I.S.E. core values. Howell and our programs are truly special and we want all involved to have a positive experience through participation and attending our many events.

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Girls Volleyball Continues Outreach At St. Louis Life

The Lady Vikings volleyball program did not just make their outreach efforts a one time event with St. Louis Life. Our Lady Vikings have continued to develop a relationships with the community based, residential program for young adults with developmental disabilities located in Winghaven. The program has continued to have contact with the organization and residents and spent their Saturday night making Smores and playing games with the residents. Several of the girls within the program have also committed to going weekly to St. Louis LIfe. Thank you to our girls volleyball program for doing such great things in our community and for embodying what Howell programs are truly about.
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Howell Athletic Trainer Cody Elmendorf Donates Kidney

Howell athletic trainer Cody Elmendorf is more than just a hero to student-athletes on the field, he’s also a hero to his family, as well. He recently performed a great act of selflessness when he donated one of his kidneys to an aunt in need. In 2009, Cody lost one of his aunts to a hereditary condition called polycystic renal disease, in which cysts grow on the kidneys and lead to the deterioration of the organ. This tragic experience led his other aunt, Mary Beth Stegall, to go in for her own examination, where she discovered that she also had the disease. As a result, Stegall had to have both of her kidneys removed, and was required to undergo dialysis three times a week for four hours each day.

After seeing how this disease had affected his family, Cody decided to test as a donor match for his aunt. Since his father is an adopted brother, there were no concerns that he might have the disease himself. After a vigorous testing process, the results showed that he was a compatible donor match for his aunt. On Aug. 8, the day before school started, he had the surgery to remove one of his kidneys. When asked about his inspiring act, Cody said, “I was healthy and I felt like it was the right thing to do. This was an opportunity to give her a better quality of life. Give her some longevity. To watch her children grow up.”

“I am in my tenth year of teaching at Howell, and I’ve never seen one person make the kind of caring impression Cody has in one year,” said tennis and cross country coach Tracy Carlson. “He is honestly and genuinely there to take care of, listen to, or check on not only our student-athletes but also our staff, in the exact moment you need him most. It doesn’t surprise me that he has sacrificed himself for his family.”

While Cody certainly had a positive impact on his aunt’s life, he has also had an incredible influence on the FHHS community. On Nov. 29, 2017, teacher Carl Wayne was shot by a passing stranger while jogging on a trail near the school. When he got back to the building, Cody was one of the first people to see him and immediately began to administer first aid. Both Cody and Golden Girls Coach Courtney Kassabaum treated Carl and kept him stable until paramedics arrived.

“Cody is a great representative of Howell and truly embodies what we strive to develop in the young men and women in our programs,” said Sean Erwin, activities director at FHHS. FHSD is fortunate to have such an inspiring individual working in our community. Our thoughts and well wishes go out to Cody as he recovers over the next four to six weeks.

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Win A Metro Air Support Helicopter Ride To Benefit The Backstoppers

4th Annual Francis Howell First Responders Night Football Game

Metro Air Support Helicopter Ride Raffle

Here’s your opportunity to experience a helicopter ride with the Metro Air Support unit while also supporting the Backstoppers.

Prize: Winner receives a certificate which entitles them to one ride in a Metro Air Support helicopter. Date and time to be coordinated and approved by the Commander of the Metro Air Support Unit. (All passengers must be 16 years of age or older)

Ticket Sales: August 13th through September 6th at 11:59 p.m. Tickets can only be purchased at

Ticket Cost: $10 per ticket or 6 tickets for $50

Drawing: Will take place on September 7th. The winner will be announced at halftime of the football game. Winner does not need to be present.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Backstoppers.

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Fourth Annual First Responder Night Set For September 7th

The largest attended Howell event each year on campus is just over a week away. The highly anticipated "First Responders NIght" will take place on September 7th. The night will include a special delivery of the game ball to the field, recognition of First Responders, a presentation of the flag by First Responders honor guard, opportunities to benefit Backstoppers and a special entrance to the field by our football team courtesty of Peoples Savings Bank. Be sure to check next week's Viking Insider for information regarding this special evening for Howell and our community,
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FHSD Band Preview Set For August 30th

On August 30th Viking fans can get their first climpse at the 2018 Howell Marching Band show as they perform at the annual FHSD Band Preview. This year the band preview will be held at Howell. The Howell Band staff and members have put in many hours this summer and fall preparing for the upcoming season. Good luck to our band as they get ready to begin their competition season!

FHSD Band Preview

Date: August 30th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Howell

Teams: Howell Central, Howell North

Admission: Free

Softball Featured In Mid Rivers Newsmagazine

The Howell softball program is coming off a Final Four appearance in the 2017 season and looking to build on that success. The program and excitement surrounding the 2018 team was recently featured in a Mid Rivers Newsmagazine article. You can view the article by clicking the link below. Good luck to Coach Beckmann-Brown this season!

Francis Howell Softball Program Focused On Making Another State Tournament Run

New Admission Prices Established For MSHSAA Athletic Events

The Francis Howell School District has established new rates for the 2018-2019 school year for attendance to MSHSAA athletic events.

Varsity level games - Adults $5, Students $2, Seniors 60 & over $2.
Freshman/C-Team/Jr Varsity level games - Adults $3, Students $1, Seniors 60 & over $1.
Children under 5 are free.

Senior citizens who reside in the district can acquire a Golden Athletic Pass at district office or at home events with proof of residency. A Golden Athletic Pass will allow free entry into games.

Adults can purchase an Adult Punch Pass which is good for 10 varsity games for the price of $30. These passes can be purchased at any game or in the Activities Office. Punch passes, student sports passes, Golden Athletic passes, and under age 5 free rules are not valid at tournaments, GAC’s, District, Sectional, and State level events. These funds will be used to support the activities budgets, which have been cut by 30 percent over the past eight years.

Over 150 Future Viking Cheerleaders Attend Youth Clinic

It was a busy Saturday for the cheer program as they hosted their annual clinic. Over 150 future Vikings attended the clinic to develop cheer skills from our current cheerleaders. The event was a great opportunity for our Howell Cheerleaders to lead others and to be role models for future Vikings that will attend Howell. Thank you to the staff and cheerleaders for creating such a great event and experience!
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Howell & FZN Cheerleaders Perform Dash-For-Cash To Benefit Carter Hinkle

On Friday night the Howell and Fort Zumwalt North Cheerleaders performed a dash-for-cash at halftime of the football game at Fort Zumwalt North. The FZN cheerleaders and community reached out to Howell earlier in the week with the idea to help our very own freshman football player Carter Hinkle who is currently battling leukemia. Additionally, Carter was named a captain for the game and took part in the coin toss prior to the game. Thank you to FZN for their generous support of Howell and Carter.
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Students Recognized For R.I.S.E. Efforts

This school year Howell teachers, coaches, sponsors and staff have the opportunity to recognize students for their leadership efforts and for embodying the R.I.S.E. core values at Howell. Students that are recognized by staff members receive a "R.I.S.E. As One" t-shirt. Since the start of school twenty-five students have been recognized for their efforts to "R.I.S.E. As One." Congratulations to the following students:

JT Armstrong, Raye Armstrong, Grace Bayer, Cameron Beine, Jared Cessac, Brenna Cutrell, Kennedy Fortner, Marissa Gibbons, Emma King, Dylan Kloepper, Josh Kyle, Jon Lane, Olivia Lashley, Alec Medley, Jabir Mgambo, Taylor Montenero, Gail Nichols, Aaron Powell, Kennedy Stewart, Samanth Temper, Lizzy Tucker, Sophie Witter, Jack Pumphrey, Kameron Sullivan, Samantha Miller.

Fall Programs "Play It Forward" To Support Fellow Viking Programs

Last fall the cross country program began a new tradition where programs "Play It Forward" by recognzing another fall program by bringing them a snack and attending a game to support them. The cross country, softball and volleyball programs have already been a part of this tradition at Howell. We look forward to see it continue through the fall and into the winter season.

David Yang Earns 2018 Excellence In Research

Congratulations to Howell swimmer and Scholar Bowl member David Yang for earning a 2018 Award for Excellence in Research. David is one of many Howell student-participants that not only excels in his activity/sport but also in the classroom!
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Howell Softball Featured In STL Today Article

For many involved in sports at the high school level it is a full time job. Students have a high school season that ends and then many go directly into their club seasons and then open gyms and camps will then take place prior to the high school season begining again. STL Today recently did an article that touched on the time committment and efforts many in the softball community make. You can read the article which has quotes from Howell head coach Jenn Beckmann-Brown and players by clicking the link below.

Burnout Battle Hits Home For Many Players With Yearlong Schedules

Eberwine Commits To Truman State To Play Softball

Congratulations to Emily Eberwine on her recent committment to further her education and softball career at NCAA Division II Truman State University!
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Activities, Clubs & Sports At Howell Benefit Students In Many Ways

There is no better way to ensure student success at Howell than by getting involved in an activity, club or sport. Students at Howell that are involved in an activity, club or sport have a higher GPA, higher attendance, and less discipline infrations than their counterparts that are not involved. If you are looking for a great resource to find the many opportunities we offer you can clink on the link below to find out more! We encourage all students to be part of the Howell family outside of the school day!

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2018-19 Dead Period & Sports Season Start Dates

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.

Fall Sports Begin August 6, 2018

Winter Meet the Coaches - October 10, 2018 (6pm)

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 Meet the Coaches - February 13, 2019 (6pm)

Spring Sports Dead Period - February 17-24, 2019

Spring Sports Begin February 25, 2019

Howell Activities Department Unveils New Website

You can now find all of our favorite Howell activities, clubs and sports in one location! The Howell Activities Department recently unveiled it's new website at The website contains links to programs, schedules, calendars and other important information for those wanting to learn more about the many opportunities offered at Howell. You can also download the free app by searching "rschool app" for your iPhone or Android device! The new website and app continues to add more information and features and we hope that this new resource will be helpful to all Vikings and fans.

Howell Nike Dri-Fit Tee's Just $20 In Activities Office

If you are lookin gto add to your Howell wardrobe you may want to drop by the Activities Office where you can purchase Howell Nike Dri-Fit tee's for just $20. There are a limited number of shirts remaining so please stop by soon before they are gone!
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Howell Bucket Hats On Sale Now!

You can now get your Howell bucket hat while supplies last in the Activities Department. Bucket hats are just $15.
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A Legacy of Excellence

252 GAC Championships

156 District Championships

76 Final Four Appearances

28 State Championships