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Campbell, Postal & Hultman Earn All-State Honors

Recently the cheer program participated in the MCCA State Championships where they finished 5th as a team. Several of our Howell cheerleaders earned All-State honors by the MCCA for their performances. Congratulations to Brianna Campbell, Madeline Postal, & Hailey Hultman for being recognized as MCCA All State Cheerleaders!
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Gail Nichols Named 3rd Team All-Metro

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch released their All-Metro Volleyball Team on Friday and our very own senior Gail Nichols was represented on the list. Gail earned 3rd Team All-Metro honors for her efforts on the court this season. The All-Metro team is comprised of the top volleyball players in the St. Louis and Metro East area across all classes of volleyball. Congratulations to Gail for such a great honor!
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Football Lands Six On All-District Team

On Friday afternoon the Class 6 District 2 All-District Football Team was released. The Vikings landed five players on this years team. In addition to having five named to the All-District team the football program also had three Vikings represented on the Academic All-District Team. Congratulations to the following football players for being recognized for their efforts on the field and in the classroom:

All District Team

Aidan McDaniel - 1st Team

John Recca - 1st Team

Drake Heismeyer - 1st Team

Charlton Watson Jr - 1st Team

Daylan Dalton - 2nd Team

Drew Scheer - 2nd Team

Academic All-District

Aidan McDaniel

Drew Scheer

John Recca

Wrestling Program Has Strong Start To Season

The Wrestling program is off to a quick start to the 2018-19 season. Our Viking and Lady Viking wrestlers have amassed a combined record of 24-3-2 to start the season. Congratulations to our wrestlers on a strong start to the season.

Dual Record

Varsity Boys Wrestling - 9-1

Varsity Girls Wrestling - 3-1

JV Boys Wrestling - 10-0-1

Freshman Boys Wrestling - 2-1-1

Howell Football Program Earns IAFO GAC South Sportsmanship Award

The foundation of the Howell Activities Department is built on the R.I.S.E. core values of respect, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence. All Howell programs, coaches and participants strive to grow in these four areas as we work toward representing Howell in a positive way. This past week the Howell Football program was recognized for their sportsmanship by earning the IAFO GAC South Sportsmanship Award. This season the Howell football program not only worked to have success on the field but also in our community. The football program was involved in five outreach opportunities, raised over $5000 for a Viking in need, donated over $1100 to the Backstoppers and helped a fellow GAC South school in need. Thank you to the Howell football staff, student-athletes and parents for their efforts this season.
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JV Cheer Finishes Third At MCCA Competition

Last Sunday the JV Cheer program competed at the MCCA Cheer Competition at Lindenwood University. Our Lady Vikings brought home a third place finish. You can see this talented group of young ladies perform at home basketball games this winter. Congratulations to our JV Cheerleaders and staff for a strong showing.
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Coach Chojnacki Named IAFO GAC South Coach Of The Year

Congratulations to Howell head football coach Brent Chojanacki on being named the IAFO GAC South Coach of the Year. Coach Chojnacki led the Vikings to a GAC South Championship and the District Semifinal game. The Vikings were also ranked both regionally and at the State level this season.
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Tommy Naumann Named 2nd Team All-Metro

Congratulations to the Howell Boys Soccer all time leading scorer Tommy Naumann on being named 2nd Team All-Metro by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The All-Metro team is comprised of the top soccer players in the St. Louis and Metro East area across all classes of soccer. Congratulations to Tommy for such a great honor!
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Todd & Bissell Named Girls Swim Captains

Last week the Girls Swim program named their captains for the 2018-19 season. Congratulations to Mary Todd and Hayden Bissell on being chosen as team captains.

Howell Choir Combines With FHC & FHN To Put On A Unique Concert

The St. Charles Community Collaboration Concert including the choirs of Howell, FHC and FHN and accompanied by the St. Charles County Youth Orchestra will take place December 16, 2018 at Missouri Baptist University beginning at 6:30pm. Each high school will bring its finest singers who have been preparing a 20-minute Masterwork including a mass choir and symphony orchestra. The orchestra is comprised of students in the premier ensemble of the St. Charles County Youth Orchestra who are well-known throughout the state for their high-quality student musicians. Congratulations to these very talented singers for their efforts to showcase their talents in our community.
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Perkins Named President Of National High School Baseball Coaches Association

Congratulations to Howell Head Baseball Coach Tony Perkins who was last week named the president of the National High School Baseball Coaches Association. The NHSBCA's purpose is to provide services and recognition for baseball coaches and to help promote and represent high school baseball across this country. Congratulations to Coach Perkins for representing Howell at the National level!

Boys Basketball Volunteers With Special Olympics

The trademark of all Howell activities, clubs and sports is the active engagement in the community through service and outreach. This past week the boys basketball program volunteered with the Special Olympics basketball program. Our Viking basketball players helped participants develop skills while having fun cointinuing to learn the game. Thank you to our boys basketball program for their work in our community.
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Student-Participants Setting Record Attendance Numbers

At Howell we know that being involved in an activity, club or sport helps to increase academic performance, improve attendance, and create attachment and a higher sense of pride in being a student at Francis Howell High School. So far this school year 1,212 students have been involved in an activity, club or sport and the outcomes from these students have been impressive. Currently, our Howell Student-Participants have a 96.30% attendance rate for the school year. This is 3% higher than those that are not involved in an activity, club or sport at Howell. This 3% difference equates to student-participants attending six more days of school over the course of the school year. Below you can find a list of programs that currently have over 97% attendance for the school year. Congratulations to our student-participants, coaches, sponsors and parents for setting such high standards in our activities and sports as well as in the classroom.

Howell Programs Over 97% Attendance For School Year

JV Boys Basketball - 98.80%

Girls Swim - 98.64%

C Team Boys Soccer - 98.57%

Boys Cross Country - 98.53%

Speech/Debate - 98.51%

Boys Swimming - 98.38%

C Team Softball- 98.34%

JV Softball - 98.32%

JV Girls Basketball - 97.98%

Freshman Boys Basketball - 97.91%

Varsity Girls Volleyball - 97.78%

JV Boys Soccer - 97.73%

Robotics - 97.70%

Girls Golf - 97.69%

Varsity Cheer - 97.49%

Math Club/Mu Alpha Theta - 97.41%

Girls Cross Country - 97.28%

Marching Band - 97.27%

JV Girls Volleyball - 97.26%

Freshman Girls Basketball - 97.25%

Scholar Bowl - 97.06%

Youth & Government - 97.05%

Football Program Raises $2380 To Benefit Carter Hinkle

On Saturday the Football program with the help of O'Charley's held a pancake breakfast to benefit Carter Hinkle. Coaches, football players and parents all volunteered to make the event a huge hit. Thank you to all that attended and helped to raise $2,380 to benefit Carter. It is truly impressive how supportive the Howell family is.
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STUCO Donates To St. Charles County Police Toy Drive

Thank you to Student Council for their involvement in the St. Charles County Police Toy Drive. Members of Student Council helped to donate new unwrapped toys to benefit our community. Student Councils involvement in the toy drive is just another example of our Howell programs giving back.
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NHS Donates 224 Toys To St. Charles County Police Department Toy Drive

Thank you to 76 NHS students that donated 224 new unwrapped toys. These toys were donated to the St. Charles County Police Department Toy Drive. It is impressive to see our students involved in activities, clubs and sports continue to give back to our community. Thank NHS for your efforts this holiday season!

Boys Swim Donates Over 750 Pairs Of Socks For Area Needy

During the course of the Boys Swim season fans, students, parents and swimmers had the opportunity to donate new pairs of socks at all home swimming meets. The boys swim program was able to acquire over 750 pairs of socks. These socks will be donated to needy families in our district and community. Thank you to our Boys Swim program for their efforts this season to fill a need for many families.
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Girls Basketball Volunteers With Salvation Army

If you thought you may have seen some familiar faces ringing the bells on Saturday morning you were correct! Our Lady Vikings Basketball program volunteered to ring the bell for the Salvation Army. Thank you to the coaches and student-athletes within the program that braved the cold to help others in our community! The effort of the girl's basketball program is an extension of the efforts of all activities, clubs, and sports at Howell to get involved and to help others in our community.
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Howell Essential Skills Students Lend A Helping Hand With Football Program

Essential skills students at Howell have been an integral part of the football program this past season. These students have had the opportunity to assist the football program and also develop very important skills that will help them to be successful beyond high school. Last week the football program recognized them for their efforts. Thank you to our essential skills staff and students for being such a vital part of our Howell family!
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CIA Raises Money For Our Lady's Inn

The Catholics in Action (CIA) club recently raised nearly $250 and purchased items for Our Lady’s Inn. Our Lady’s Inn provides a home and an array of services supporting pregnant women and their children suffering with homelessness in our area. The Catholics in Action club is another student formed club at Howell that continues to support our community. Thank you to CIA for their efforts.

Limelight Theatre Presents: A Night Of One Acts

The FHHS Limelight Theatre will be hosting the Winter One Acts on Friday, December 14th at 7:00 pm. This year’s One Acts are productions directed by three Francis Howell students: Marissa Gibbons, Lilly Moore, and Allie Thornton.

Senior Marissa Gibbons is directing Cut! by Ed Monk. This short play is a comedy about a play inside a play inside a play. The characters can't seem to remember who they really are, as opposed to the people they are playing in any scripts. The laughs start rolling as things get more and more confusing.

Sophomores Lilly Moore and Allie Thornton are co-directing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street: The Musical. This 14-minute musical is based on a true story where an honors student falls for the new transfer student who’s not what she seems to be. The student ends up being charged for selling drugs, but did he really do it or was he just trying to impress the girl?

These performances are one night only, December 14th, at the FHHS Auditorium, 7001 Highway 94 South, St. Charles. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the curtain rises at 7:00 pm each night. Tickets are available at the door for $5. Concessions will be offered between the acts.

For more information contact Mr. Edward Cole, Theatre Director, at

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Raven Robotics Earns $5,000 Grant

FHSD high school students on Raven Robotics Team 1288 work together to build robots to compete in an annual challenge, but one of the biggest challenges every year is securing the necessary funding. Enter the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, which recently awarded a one-time $5,000 grant to Raven Robotics to support their FIRST Robotics activities. FIRST enables teams of students to compete with others in building, designing and programming their own robots to perform preassigned tasks, giving young students a chance to get involved with real-world engineering.

“The way the grant was set up it went directly to FIRST Robotics and is paying for some of our contest fees,” said FHHS Science and Engineering teacher Dane Williamson. “At this point, we have about 60 students in the club, and we have been building a practice robot this fall so our new members get experience. We don’t know the details of the competition yet this year except it has something to do with space. The season officially kicks off in January.”

FIRST Robotics combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

“Allowing today’s students to learn STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills through hands-on experiences is crucial to preparing our next generation to drive innovation and overcome challenges,” said Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund program officer. “Monsanto Fund invests in future scientists and engineers like those in Francis Howell and encourages their involvement in programs like FIRST Robotics.”

The Monsanto Fund’s sponsorship of FIRST Robotics teams continues the nonprofit’s support of programs that improve STEM education. Over the past five years, the Monsanto Fund has contributed over $40 million to STEM outreach efforts.

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Order Your Yearbooks Now!

Have you ordered your yearbook? Not sure? You can call 1-877-723-6344 to check. A list also hangs outside room D118. Yearbooks can be ordered by calling this number or by going to and following the prompts. The price increases by $10 on Jan. 1, so order and save today.

Hoodies, Sweatpants & Beanies On Sale Now!

We have Howell hoodies & sweatpants in the Activities Office! Limited quantities! Just $25 for a hoodie or sweatpants! Beanies and stocking hats are just $12. Stay warm this winter with these great new Howell items!
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Pinterest Club Selling Bracelets

The Pinterest Club has made friendship bracelets that are for sale now! They have also created the very popular "BROcelet" which has been a hot item! Don't miss your chance to cheer up your BFF by purchasing one of the many friendship bracelets created by the Pinterest Club. Bracelets are just $2 - $4 each and are for sale in the Commons or by dropping by Coach Carlsons room.
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A Legacy of Excellence

252 GAC Championships

156 District Championships

76 Final Four Appearances

28 State Championships