The Viking Insider

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Congratulations To The Class Of 2015!

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Howell Alum And Former Olympian Sammie Hensen Inducted Into National Wrestling Hall Of Fame

On Saturday evening Howell alum Sammie Henson was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Sammie wrestled at Howell and then competed for both Clemson University and Mizzou. At the college level he was a two-time NCAA champion. Sammie has had a lot of success nationally including an Olympic Freestyle silver medal. Sammie is currently the head wrestling coach at West Virginia University. To learn more about Sammie and his induction into the hall of fame click this link -
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Over 70 Female Student-Athletes Attending Training

Being involved in an activity/club/sport at FHHS is a major committment. Many student-participants spend many hours working during the summer to improve and to better represent Howell both on and off the field. Our FHHS female student-athletes have taken this dedication and work ethic to a new level this school year. Over 70 female student-athletes have been meeting on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings from 7-9am to improve their game. Any female student-athletes that are not currently attending are encouraged to show up and be part of the Lady Viking family that is working to achieve their goals!
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Student-Participants Represent School & Community In Positive Way

FHHS has great student-participants who continue to make our school and community better. Rachel Fick and Danielle Berry are two excellent examples of what it means to represent Francis Howell and the community in such a positive way. The positive efforts of these young ladies to be such great leaders both on and off the court are what being involved in FHHS activities is all about. There is a lot more to the student-participant experience at FHHS than preparing during the offseason and participating in an activity during the school year. Student-participants are held to high standards both on and off the field. Part of the development of a student-participant at FHHS is the development of each individual as a person. As we move closer to the 15-16 school year our student-participants will be taking part in the newly developed Viking Leadership Academy and our coaches will go through 3 Dimensional Coaching training that aims to develop the entire person, not just their activity specific skills. It's great to see Rachel and Danielle so involved in FHHS and our community.

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Lady Vikings Soccer Excels In Classroom

Congratulations to our girls soccer program for not only having success on the field but also in the classroom. The Lady Vikings soccer program had 22 student-athletes across all three levels with a cumulative 4.0 GPA or higher during the 14-15 season. Below are our varsity student-athletes that were named to the GAC South Academic All-Conference Team.

Academic All-Conference

Marie Dishian

Morgan Ebert

Kristen Epperly

Kelli Fisher

Megan Fridrich

Sam Garvilla

Amanda Gladstone

Kristen Hemmersmeier

Maddi Karstens

Ashlyn Moos

Gabby Orlando

Claire Palmer

Kalie Rosenberger

Kat Stiles

Megan Tersteeg

Brianna Thiemann

Kaitlyn Unland

Alexi Wayland

Emilie Wuertenberg

Lady Vikings Soccer Lands 5 On All-Conference Team

Congratulations to the following Lady Vikings soccer players for earning All-GAC South recognition:

Maddi Karstens - Midfielder - (1st)

Kalie Rosenberger - Forward - (2nd)

Kat Stiles - Mid Fielder - (2nd)

Gabby Orlando - Defender - (2nd)

Claire Palmer - Defender - (2nd)

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Kelli Fisher Earns GAC South Sportsmanship Award

Congratulations to Kelli Fisher on being recognized as a GAC South Sportsmanship Award winner for girls soccer. Kelli is a 3 sport student-athlete at FHHS that is a member of the golf, basketball, and soccer programs.

Boys Volleyball Recognized In Classroom & On Court

Congratulations to the boys volleyball program on another successful season. The boys finished the season 22-10-2 and reached the State Quarterfinals. With the conclusion of the season many post season awards have been released. Below is a recap of the academic and on court recognition the Vikings received this season.

Academic All-Conference

Kyle Ward

Cole Engelhard

Zach Thompson

Ryan Zile

Zach Reider

Brandon Jaegers

Ryan Russell

Nick Hurley

Jacob Stillman

Ned Bargen


Jacob Stillman (MVP & 1st Team)

Zach Thompson (1st Team)

Kyle Ward (2nd Team)


Jacob Stillman (2nd Team)

Zach Thompson (2nd Team)

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Football Looking For Return Trip To Final Four

During their 2014 campaign, the Vikings finished 11-1 and captured GAC South and District Championships on their way to the Final Four. The football program has already began their preperations for the 2015 season with their first camp of the summer. Over 130 student-athletes attended the camp last week. This week the Vikings will head to Columbia for the Mizzou team camp. Viking fans are looking forward to another great season of Friday night lights! To find their schedule for this fall visit
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Impact Testing Dates To Be Released Soon

The FHSD is committed to ensuring the safety of all of it's student-participants. As part of this committment the student-participants listed in the activities/sports below must have a current baseline Impact Test on file. Impact Testing is a scientifally validated computerized concussion evaluation system that is used at FHHS. If you are an incoming freshman, new student-participant to FHHS, or junior in the activities/sports listed below you must complete Impact Testing prior to tryouts on Aug 3rd. WIthin the coming week we will be releasing test dates when you can receive your baseline test. The test takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Stay tuned to the Viking Insider, , the @FHVikings twitter account, and E-News for upcoming dates and times.

Required Impact Testing For Fall Activities/Sports:




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Developing Winners In Activities & Life

Click the link above to read the most recent blog post by Activities Director Sean Erwin.

2015-16 Sports Eligibility Packets Available Online

You can now get your 2015-16 FHHS sports eligibility packet online through this link - FHHS Sports Eligibility Packet and on our website. In order to compete in a MSHSAA sponsored activity during the fall, winter, and spring seasons you must have all paperwork contained within the packet complete prior to tryouts. You may drop off this packet in the Activities Office during the summer or at the Fall Meet the Coaches Night on July 23rd at 5 p.m. Those that plan on participating in a fall sport and do not have this packet 100% complete and on file in the Activities Office by July 31st at 12 noon are at risk of not being able to tryout on the first day of fall sports on August 3rd. If you have any questions regarding the packet please contact the FHHS Activities Office.

Important Dates For FHHS Student-Participants

As we put an end to a very successful 2014-15 school year we have already begun to look forward to the 2015-16 school year. Below you will find several important dates that are quickly approaching that are important to all student-participants at FHHS.

Mark Your Calendar:

June 27 - July 5 - MSHSAA Summer Dead Period

July 23 - Fall Meet the Coaches (5:00 p.m. in Commons)

July 26 - August 2 - MSHSAA Fall Sports Dead Period

August 3 - First Day of Fall Sports

FHHS Activities Department Now Has An App

Getting schedules, scores, announcements, and news on all FHHS activities just got much easier! You can now follow your favorite Viking activities through our phone app for Android and iPhone. Click the following link to learn more and to download the app -

FHHS Activities Text And Email Updates Now Available

You can now have updates emailed or text to you based on your students activity. Take advantage of this great new resource for Viking parents and fans by signing up for a Viking fan account here - This new resource will be used to update fans on game changes and cancellations as well as other important information based on the sport(s) that you sign up for.

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Get To Know Your Vikings

In our next edition of the Viking Insider we will start a new segment called "Get To Know Your Vikings." This recurring segment will allow Viking fans to learn more about those involved in FHHS activities. What do they like about being inolved in an activity at FHHS? What is their favorite food? What celebrity would they like to meet? Learn more about the great young men and women in our programs beginning next week as you "Get To Know Your Vikings!"
Francis Howell Vikings Summer Camps

Are you interested in signing your Viking up for a FHHS summer camp? Clink the link above to find out additional information and to sign up and pay online.

Francis Howell High School Activities Department

Tradition Lives Here

206 GAC Championships

137 District District Championships

55 Final Four Appearances

19 State Championships