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Scholar Bowl Wins 32 Team Orchard Farm Invitational

Congratulations to Scholar Bowl on their team championship at the 32 team Orchard Farm Invitational. The defending District Champion FHHS Scholar Bowl Team is off to a 1-0 start with a Tournament Championship already in the young season. Scholar Bowl will travel to GAC foe Troy on Tuesday to compete. Congratulations to our very tough Scholar Bowl team on their strong start to the season.
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Golden Girls Program Has Great Weekend At Chicagoland Dance Championships

The Golden Girls dance program had a great weekend representing FHHS at the Chicagoland Dance Championships on the campus of the University of Illinois - Chicago. The GG's finished with several top performances as well as the "Sportsmanship Award" for the entire competiton. Congratulations to the GG's program for representing FHHS, FHSD, and our community in such a positive way. You can view the results from the Chicagoland Dance Championships below:

JV Golden Girls

Jazz - 5th

Pom - 4th

Hip Hop - 2nd

Varsity Golden Girls

Jazz - 3rd

Hip Hop - 3rd

Winner of Sportsmanship Award

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Wrestling Finishes 2nd In GAC Tournament

Congratulations to the Varsity Wrestling program for their second place finish in the GAC Tournament. The Vikings were the defending champions and fell just short of Holt. Below you can find our Vikings that finished in the top 4 on Friday and Saturday.

Viking Top 4 Finishers
106 - Justin Kustec (16-4) placed 2nd and scored 18.00 team points.
113 - Tyler Kreith (18-3) placed 3rd and scored 16.00 team points.
145 - Tyler McGhee (17-4) placed 2nd and scored 20.50 team points.
152 - Sam Heese (14-8) placed 4th and scored 13.00 team points.
160 - Ty Purler (20-3) placed 4th and scored 16.50 team points.
170 - Jack Flynn (19-1) placed 1st and scored 25.00 team points.
182 - Dylan Komperda (20-0) placed 1st and scored 26.50 team points.
195 - Jack Heese (20-2) placed 2nd and scored 21.00 team points.
220 - Cole Long (17-3) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.

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Dylan Komperda Earns STL Today Athlete Of Week Honors

Click the link above to read more about Dylan Komperda being recognized as an STL Today Athlete of the Week!

Vikings Finish 2nd In Kaminsky Classic

Coming off a Kaminsky Classic Tournament Championship in 2015, the Vikings traveled to Joplin to defend their tournament championship and for the second year in a row advanced to the championship game. Coach Jacob and the Vikings fell just short of winning their second straight Kaminsky Classic Championship by losing to St. Louis Christian 57-52. The Vikings are currently 10-4 on the season. Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Basketball team for a great tournament run.

Results From Kaminsky Classic

1st Round - Howell 57 Jeff City 55

Semifinals - Howell 69 Joplin 34

Championship - St. Louis Christian 57 Howell 52

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Lady Vikings Set To Face Off With Nationally Ranked Memphis Central

The #9 state ranked Lady Vikings basketball program is off to a hot 10-2 start. They will hit the road Saturday, January 16th to take on nationally ranked Memphis Central out of Memphis, Tennessee in the Atrium Hotel Great Rivers Shootout. Memphis Central is ranked #3 in Tennesse and #39 nationally. We would love to see a big crowd come out to Alton High School in Illinois next Saturday at 7 pm to support our Lady Vikings in the Atrium Hotel Great Rivers Shootout.
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Harper Helps Howell Handle Third Successive Top Team

Click the link above to read more about the Lady Vikings win over Rock Bridge

Join Us February 3rd For National Signing Day

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FHHS Spotlight Artist - Emily Coval

As the Viking Insider continues to recognize students across all activities at FHHS we unveil a new feature this week, the "FHHS Artist Spotlight." Howell is full of many talented young students and we have several very gifted artists that we will highlight over the course of the next several weeks. This week we take a look at the work of Emily Coval and learn more about her theme for her work.
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Artist: Emily Coval

Grade: Senior

Favorite Media: "Any kind of paint, especially watercolor."

Sustained Theme: "It's 'ruined' pieces. It's stuff I'm proud of in its 'finished' form that has been ruined in some way. Nothing is really ruined if you look at it differently, it's just changed into something new. Mistakes and imperfections are part of the final product. Some of the stuff is literally ruined with stains, tears, etc. and some are ruined in a different way, such as painted book pages, picture collages, and re-purposed materials."

Works: You can view several pieces of work by Emily Coval below.

Spring Meet The Coaches Scheduled For February 17th

On Wednesday, February 17th the spring "Meet the Coaches" night will be held in the FHHS Commons. All spring student-athletes and parents are required to attend this meeting. Student-athletes should turn in all eligibility paperwork during this time. All completed paperwork must be turned in by February 26th at noon to ensure participation when spring sports begin. You can find all eligibility paperwork by clicking this link - . All freshman, juniors, and new students to FHSD in baseball, volleyball, girls lacrosse, and girls soccer must have an updated Impact test completed to participate. Impact testing dates can be found below as well as the schedule for the Meet the Coaches night:

Upcoming Impact Testing Dates:


Meet The Coaches - February 17th

5:00-6:00 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)

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Participation In FHHS Activities Is About More Than Just Winning

The Francis Howell High School Activities Department believes that all FHHS programs should promote high achievement in all activities, in the classroom, and in the community. Preparing our student-participants is our top priority and being involved in a FHHS 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.

In order to achieve this level of development among our student participants we have developed a set of core values. We ask that all students, staff, parents, and community members involved in our programs embody these core values that are emphasized within our programs.

Below are our R.I.S.E. core values that are the foundation and emphasis of all involved within FHHS activity programs:

Francis Howell High School student-participants and coaches respect others. This includes respect for differing opinions and openness to coaching.

Francis Howell High Scholl student-participants and coaches demonstrate their integrity by being honest and trustworthy in their actions both in and out of activities. The preparation of our student-athletes to become leaders, good citizens and contributors to the community is a commitment by all involved in FHHS activities

Francis Howell High School student-participants practice the ideals of sportsmanship within the framework of a competitive environment.

Francis Howell High School student-participants are in pursuit of excellence in activity, in the classroom, and in the community. Our focus on excellence remains constant as we strive to create positive and successful experiences for all involved.

Girls LaCrosse Sets Open Gym Dates For January

As the Howell Lady Vikings get closer to kicking off the first lacrosse season in school history they have announced three open gym dates for January. Any girls interested in participating in lacrosse this spring are encouraged to attend the following open gym dates in January.

January Open Gym Dates:

1/17 - 5-7pm (Aux Gym)

1/23 - 3-5pm (Aux Gym)

1/24 - 5-7pm (Aux Gym)

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FHHS To Offer ACT Prep Seminars

At FHHS student-participants are truly students first. In order to help prepare students for college the FHHS Guidance Department in coordination with ZAPS is offering ACT Prep Seminars.

Those participating in the ACT Prep Seminars will receive:

  • 24 practice tests for the ACT and ZAPPING the ACT Study Guide
  • Specific strategies for each type of question on the ACT
  • General test-taking methods
  • Test-specific time-management techniques
  • Complete explanation of each question and answer on the practice tests
  • Unique system for analyzing errors to identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Instruction for writing a high-scoring Essay

Dates & Times

Session 1

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm

Session 2

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm

To learn more please visit or contact the FHHS Guidance Department.

2016-17 Dead Period & Sports Season Start Dates Released

The summer, fall, winter, and spring dead periods for the 2016-17 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 16-17 school year.

Summer Dead Period (All MSHSAA Sponsored Activities) - July 2-10, 2016

Fall Sports Dead Period (Fall Sports) - July 24-31, 2016

Fall Sports Begin August 1, 2016

Winter Sports Dead Period (Winter Sports - excluding girls swim) - October 24-30, 2016

Winter Sports (excluding girls swim) begins October 31, 2016

Winter Sports Dead Period (Girls Swim) - October 30-November 6, 2016

Girls Swim Begins November 7, 2016

Spring Sports Dead Period - February 19-26, 2017

Spring Sports Begin February 27, 2017

Howell Nike Apparel Closeout

Did Santa forget to get you that Viking apparel you wanted? The Activities Office has several Howell Nike winter items for sale while supplies last. Most items are 20% or more off of retail. Drop by the Activities Office to purchase your Howell apparel today. Pictures of the current stock of items can be found below.
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Howell Activities & Events This Week

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Tradition Lives Here

206 GAC Championships

138 District Championships

60 Final Four Appearances

23 State Championships