The Viking Insider

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20 Student-Athletes Recognized On National Signing Day

On Wednesday, February 1st twenty Howell student-athletes took part in National Signing Day. The twenty student-athletes will be furthering their education and sport/activity at the college level. These students have also excelled in the classroom where the currently have a cumulative 3.63 GPA over the course of their four years at Howell.

Over the course of the past three years, 128 Howell student participants have gone on to further their education and sport/activity at the college level. This May, the Howell Activities Department will recognize those that have signed after the National Signing Day. Stay tuned to @FHVikings and the Viking Insider for more celebrations of our students furthering their careers at the college level.


Student - Sport/Activity - University - Level

Ben Holsclaw - Baseball - Missouri Southern State University - NCAA DII

Charlie Kelting - Baseball - St. Charles Community College - JUCO

Desiree Rudolph - Cheer - Lindenwood University - NCAA DII

Maddie Leigh - Cross Country/Track - Oakland University - NCAA DI

Alex Jones - Football - Robert Morris University - NAIA

Devon Jones - Football - University of Indianapolis - NCAA DII

Bridget Schulte - Golf - Missouri State University - NCAA DI

Jared Rottman - Golf - Mineral Area College - JUCO

Brett Breakstone - Lacrosse - Lindenwood-Belleville University - NAIA

Richie Graham - Lacrosse - Missouri Baptist University - NAIA

Ryan Burke - Lacrosse - Missouri State University - NCAA DI

Connor Riley - Soccer - Missouri Baptist University - NAIA

Megan Tersteeg - Softball - Drury University - NCAA DII

Casey Flemming - Softball - Missouri Baptist University - NAIA

Lauren Beauchamp - Track - University Northern Iowa - NCAA DI

Kennedy Cordia - Volleyball - Saint Louis University - NCAA DI

Mikayla Hardy - Volleyball - University of Chicago - NCAA DIII

Lydia Frederick - Volleyball - Nicholls State University - NCAA DI

Ryan Clamors - Volleyball - Culver Stockton College - NAIA

Dylan Komperda - Wrestling - Drury University - NCAA DII

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38 FHSD Students Sign On National Signing Day

Click this link to view a FHSD article on National Signing Day that features Francis Howell.

Mikayla Hardy Named Finalist For Prepvolleyball.com National Player Of The Year

Congratulations to Mikayla Hardy for being named a finalist for the www.prepvolleyball.com National Player of the Year. The Howell senior had a standout season on the court and played a major role in leading the girl's volleyball program to most wins in program history and the program's first appearance in the state championship game. Mikayla also excels in the classroom where she currently holds an over 4.8 GPA. She will attend the University of Chicago next fall and play volleyball.
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Wrestling Finishes Season Undefeated For First Time In Sixteen Years

Congratulations to the wrestling program for finishing the dual season 16-0. This is the first time in sixteen years that the wrestling program has finished the regular season undefeated. The wrestling program is currently ranked third in the state and is preparing for the district tournament this weekend. Good luck to Coach Stroh and the wrestling program as they prepare for a great post-season run.
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Golden Girls Advance To Finals Of UDA Nationals

Congratulations to our Golden Girls on advancing to the finals of the UDA Nationals in the hip-hop category. The GG's are one of only 12 schools remaining in the category. The Golden Girls are set to perform on Sunday (2/5) at 4:28 p.m. You can view their performance by clicking here - UDA Live Stream The GG's will find out where they have finished at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday. Good luck to our GG's as they try to win the first National Championship in program history.
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Howell Student-Participants Excelling In Classroom

At Francis Howell High School students involved in activities, clubs and sports are truly students first. The students involved in these activities gain great benefits from participation in activities outside of the classroom. By being involved in these activities students are developing skills that they otherwise would not get in the classroom. During the first semester our Vikings excelled in the classroom. You can view the academic accomplishments of our programs below. Congratulations to all of our coaches, sponsors and students for their efforts in the classroom and in their activity!


Academic Accomplishments By Season:

Fall - 593 Student-Athletes - 3.39 Cumulative GPA

Winter - 374 Student-Athletes - 3.47 Cumulative GPA


Fall MSHSAA Program Cumulative GPA's

Girls Tennis - 3.77

Boys Swim - 3.73

Girls Golf - 3.68

Boys XC - 3.66

Girls Volleyball - 3.61

Softball - 3.59

Band - 3.54

Girls XC - 3.51

Colorguard - 3.4

Boys Soccer - 3.39

Football - 3.04


Winter MSHSAA Program Cumulative GPA's

Scholar Bowl - 4.46

Girls Swim - 3.83

Speech - 3.75

Dance - 3.55

Girls Basketball - 3.55

Drumline - 3.44

Winterguard - 3.4

Cheer - 3.12

Boys Basketball - 3.10

Wrestling - 3.00

Girls Basketball Feeds St. Charles Area Homeless

Activities, Clubs and Sports at Francis Howell High School continue to make their mark on our local community. All programs at Howell are actively involved in giving back to the community and gaining the great benefits that come from outreach and service. Being part of a Howell program is much more than just participating in that activity, club or sport. Last weekend the girls basketball program got involved in helping feed St. Charles area homeless as part of the "Sharing Meals" program. The Sharing Meals program was started in 2009 to help feed St. Charles area homeless. Thank you to our girl's basketball program for getting involved to help area residents in need.

Howell Spotlight Artist - Marie Dishian

As the Viking Insider continues to recognize students across all activities at FHHS, this week we bring back a popular feature of last school year, the "Howell 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 Marie Dishian and learn more about her theme for her work.


Artist: Marie Dishian

Grade: Senior

Favorite Howell Art Class: AP Studio Art

Favorite Medium: Oil Painting

Sustained Theme: "Departure"

Works: You can view several pieces of Marie's work below.

FCCLA Qualifies 23 For State Competition

Congratulations to our twenty-three FCCLA students that have qualified for state competition. These students advanced after last week's regional competition. You can view the students that have qualified for the state competition below. Good luck to all of the students!


Gold Medals and State Qualifiers

2 Culinary Arts Teams

Michael Cade - State, Brandice Atherton - State, Dan Mullins - State, Nick Schultz, Adam Bryant, Jordan Randell

Advocacy

Megan Hoerferlin, Grace Mechtly, Lexi Rupp, Mandy Faulkner, K-leigh Stewart
Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation

McGwire Dean, Luke Sturm, Chance McClanahan
Sports Nutrition

Ian Colley, Celine Jennings
Promote and Publicize FCCLA - Tommy Lewis

Environmental Ambassador - Madison Skambraks

Life Event Planning

Melissa Byers, Brittany Giulvezan
Recycle and Redesign - Brighton Kelley

Applied Math for Culinary Arts - Mason Hart

Job Interview -Kaylee Grypp
Interpersonal Communications
Taylor Johnson - State, Cameron Lashley - State, Mallory Scull

Silver Medals - Olivia Kaufmann, Brooke Donnelly, Jake Sronce, Peter O'Brien, Alex Jones

Bronze Medals - Dillan Priest, Riley Madigan

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Six Howell Wrestlers Pass The 100 Win Mark

One of the major benchmarks that high school wrestlers try to reach is the 100 win mark. Reaching 100 wins in wrestling is the equivalent of reaching 1000 points in basketball. This year the Howell wrestling program has six wrestlers that have earned 100 wins. Dylan Komperda (SR), Ty Purler (SR), Tyler Kreith (SR), Tyler McGhee (SR), Antonio Jenkins-Harris (SR), and Jack Flynn (JR). Congratulations to these young men for reaching a major milestone in their careers and in representing Howell so well.
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Howell Choir Continues To Achieve High Levels Of Success

The Missouri Music Educators Association hosts the MO All-State Honor Choir each year in conjunction with the MMEA conference where Educators from all over the state come to receive professional development. The conference is held at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Lake of the Ozarks. Madi Jackson was a representative from Howell who was selected through audition to participate in this highly acclaimed ensemble. The students rehearsed for four days and their work culminated in a performance for music directors and families of the students. The 16 students from St. Louis Metro 8 district combine with students all over the state to make up the honor choir of 200 voices. They work with a world renowned clinician on musical technique, musical style, connecting to the text of the music and so much more over this 3 day period. It is an incredible opportunity that many singers aspire to but only few get the honor to experience. Congratulations to Madi Jackson for representing FHHS and our choir program for their efforts!

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Yearbook Highlighted in JEA Spring Publication

Congratulations to the Howell Yearbook staff and Ms. Dunaway on being highlighted in the JEA Spring publication! This group works very hard to produce a great yearbook full of memories for FHHS. You can view the spotlight feature below.
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Wintergurard Hosts WGI Event

On Saturday (2/4) the Howell Band hosted a WGI Guard competition on the campus of Francis Howell High School. The event was attended by nearly 40 high schools from across the midwest. Be sure to check out next week's Viking Insider for a behind the scenes look at the great event.
Howell Programs Assist Friends Of Kids With Cancer

You can read the Mid Rivers Newsmagazine article on the Friends of Kids With Cancer benefit put on by several Howell programs by clicking this link.

Howell Alum Rygelski Highlighted On KMOX

You can view the KMOX interview with Howell alum and SLU Volleyball All-American Danielle Rygelski by clicking this link.

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 beginning at 6:00 p.m. All eligibility paperwork must be complete to be turned in. All students wanting to participate in a spring MSHSAA sponsored activity must have this completed prior to the first day on February 27th. It is recommended that all paperwork be turned in at the "Meet the Coaches" event on February 15th. To ensure participation on February 27th 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)


Link To Eligibility Paperwork - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzQRUPP7fQ-WcGlOUkREQ0M2QU0/view


Please note that all freshman, juniors, and new Howell students must have an updated IMPACT test on file prior to participating. Below you can find upcoming IMPACT test dates for the winter season.


Upcoming IMPACT Testing Dates:

February 8th - 3:00pm in Learning Commons

February 9th - 3:00pm in Learning Commons

February 15th - 5:00pm in Learning Commons

2017-18 Dead Period & Sports Season Start Dates Released

The summer, fall, winter, and spring dead periods for the 2017-18 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 2017-18 school year.


Summer Dead Period (All MSHSAA Sponsored Activities) - July 1-9, 2017

Fall Sports Dead Period (Fall Sports) - July 23-30, 2017

Fall Sports Begin July 31, 2017

Winter Sports Dead Period (Winter Sports - excluding girls swim) - October 22-29, 2017

Winter Sports (excluding girls swim) begins October 30, 2017

Winter Sports Dead Period (Girls Swim) - October 29-November 5, 2017

Girls Swim Begins November 6, 2017

Spring Sports Dead Period - February 18-25, 2018

Spring Sports Begin February 26, 2018

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Francis Howell High School Activities Department

Tradition Lives Here

225 GAC Championships

147 District Championships

68 Final Four Appearances

25 State Championships