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Boys Basketball Heads To Final Four For First Time In Program History

It was a historic day for the Howell Boys Basketball program as they punched their ticket to the Final Four in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a Howell basketball game. A completely full Hyland Arena crowd that was roughly 85% Howell fans saw the Vikings earn a 76-69 win over McCluer North to advance to the State Final Four for the first time in program history. The win moved the Vikings to 28-2 on the season. Patrick Schulte 22, Daylan Dalton 14, Matthew Simmons 13, Sam Thompson 13 and Matt Schark 11 all scored in double figures to help lead the Vikings to victory.

The Vikings have now advanced to the State Semifinals where they will take on CBC on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the JQ Hammons Arena on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. You can find further information regarding the Final Four in this edition of the Viking Insider.

Viking fans can click the links below to view video from the historic day and additional information regarding the Final Four. Congratulations again to Coach Jacob, staff and the Boys Basketball program on advancing to the State Final Four!

Media Coverage

STL Today Article On Howell Win

Championship Bracket

Class 5 State Championship Bracket

Video From the Historic Win

Daylan Dalton First Half Buzzer Beater

Final Seconds Of Howell Victory

Vikings Celebrate Win

Vikings Celebrate Win With Student Section

On The Floor For The Vikings Celebration

Student Secetion Celebrates With Vikings

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Viking Fans Encouraged To Share Experiences Through #InItFourHowell

For the first time in program history the Boys Basketball program is headed to the State Final Four! Viking staff, students and fans are excited to support the program and we want you to share your excitement with us! All this week we are encouraging all students, staff and fans to use the hashtag #InItFourHowell to share your experiences, thoughts, pictures, video and well wishes to our Boys Basketball program as they head to the Final Four. All week fans using the hashtag will be randomly chosen to win a free Final Four t-shirt! We look forward to seeing your posts on social media using the #InItFourHowell hashtag this week!

Show Your Support By Changing Your Social Media Profile Picture

As we look to support our Boys Basketball program this week all Viking fans are encouraged to change their profile picture on their social media accounts to the "In It Four Howell" logo. You can right click on the logo seen throughout this edition of the Viking Insider to save it and upload it as your profile picture. All week we will randomly select Viking fans that have the "In It Four Howell" logo as their profile pic and they will receive a free Final Four t-shirt.

Pep Busses To Be Offered To State Semifinal Game Friday

Below you will find information regarding the pep bus to the Boys Basketball State Semifinal basketball game this Friday at Missouri State University. If you have any further questions please contact the Activities Office. There are a limited number of seats available on the busses and all tickets sold will be first come first serve.

Permission Slip - All students must have a completed packet with all signatures. The packet can be found here - or in the Activities Office. You must turn in the packet and pay in full to reserve your spot. The packet can be found at

Cost - The cost is $15 and includes a Final Four t-shirt. This cost does not include your ticket to the game. The ticket to the game must be purchased at Missouri State University upon our arrival. Tickets are $9 for the State Semifinal game. You must turn in the permission packet and pay the $15 cost to ride the pep bus in full to reserve your spot. There are only 156 spots for the pep busses so it is important that students turn them in quickly to ensure a spot on the busses.

Deadline - We ask that your permission packet and money be turned in no later than 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12th in the Activities Office. Please note that all spots on the bus are first come first serve and the bus may fill prior to this deadline.

Departure - Students will leave Friday at 9:45 a.m.. from the Commons. Students will be released from class at 9:10 a.m.

Arrival at Missouri State University - The anticipated arrival time Missouri State is 2:30 p.m. The bus will stop on the way to Missouri State University for students to eat lunch.

Departure from Missouri State University - The bus will depart from Missouri State University immediately following the game at roughly 5:30 p.m.

Arrival at Francis Howell - The anticipated arrival time at Francis Howell High School is 10:00 p.m. Students will be asked to call their ride roughly 30 minutes prior to arriving at Francis Howell High School. The bus will stop for dinner on the return trip.

Choir Has 21 Advance To State Contests

There were nearly 60 Howell singers involved in District Music Contests on Saturday at Fort Zumwalt East. The young men and women involved did an excellent job representing Howell and the Choir program. Below you can find the results from our very talented choir. Congratulations to all Vikings that participated and good luck to those that have now advanced to State!

Exemplary Ratings - (Headed to State Contests on April 25 at Mizzou)

Vocal Solos: Sarah Wilson, Sierra Bice, Ethan Cargill & Shannon Callanan

Violin Solo: Andrea Lin

Vocal Ensembles:

Chamber Choir Ensemble-Sarah Wilson, Shannon Callanan, Juliana Reihms, Kaylah Janssen & Carlie Schroeder

Men’s Quartet-Santino Bono, Kaden Liddell, Blake Jenkins & Alex Fellows

Treble Sextet-Simran Kaur, Tyanna Hammond, Jael Masloski, Annie Reader, Rachel Kreith & Mady Lender

Treble Trio-Paige Draney, Sammi Rogers & Imani Dallah

Outstanding Ratings

Vocal Solos: Hannah Inchiostro, Courtney Crow, Chloee Rudolph, Kyleigh Holman, Claire Whittington, Marissa Gibbons, Kaden Liddell

Vocal Ensembles:

Cantate Ensemble: Sydney Koehler, Ali Schultz, Courtney Crow, Marissa Gibbons, Zoey Price

Chamber Trio: Sierra Bice, Ashley Foster, Erin Jones

True Love Ensemble: Abbie Edgar, Lauren Buzzell, Jewell Clark

Chorus Ladies Ensemble: Elexa Stewart, Hannah Inchiostro, Anna Davis, Ella Chestnut, Sam Temper, Grace Fuhrman, Payton Willoughby

Men’s Sextet: Elliott Burchett, Alex Fellows, Jakob Ringwald, Michael Haley, Riley Kem, Noah Baxter

Men’s Trio: Lars Remund, Erik Kiewiet, Ethan Cargill

Firefly Ensemble: Jale Evans, Chloee Rudolph, Claire Whittington, Morgan Osman, Katelyn Traluch

Howell Choir State Large Ensemble's Bring Home "1's"

Earlier this week the Howell Choirs had an impressive showing at the State Large Ensemble Contest. This year the Howell Choirs debuted the Men's Choir which also competed for the first time at contest and earned a 1 (Exemplary Rating) in all categories. You can view the highlghts from the contest in the video below. Congratulations to these young men and women for representing Howell so well!

Women's Chamber Choir -1 (Exemplary Rating)

Combined Mixed Choir -1 (Exemplary Rating)

Combined Wome's Choir - 1 (Exemplary Rating)

Band District Solo & Ensemble Advances 7 To State

Saturday was a great day for the Howell Band program as they competed at District Solo and Ensemble at Fort Zumwalt East. The Vikings advanced seven to State. Congratulations to all that competed on Saturday and made Howell proud! You can view a recap of the scores from Saturday below. Good luck to our Vikings that have advanced to State!

Exemplary Ratings - (Headed to State Contests at Mizzou)

Isabella Reed - violin solo

Marissa Gibbons - clarinet solo

Peter Huelsing - tuba solo

Christopher Mosher - trumpet solo

Spencer Hale - trumpet solo

Christopher Martin - trombone solo

Olivia Zhang - piano solo

Outstanding Ratings

Spencer Hale - piano solo

Brett Huff, Kayle Gosche, Drew Comparato, Christopher Martin - brass quartet

Sarah Krieger, Mary Todd, Amanda Lynch - flute trio

Alyssa Miller - clarinet solo

Marissa Gibbons, Clare Raftery, Isabella Reed - woodwind trio

Zane Showalter - clarinet solo

Drew Comparato - tuba solo
Aleah Worzel, Cyrus Hunter, Hudson Troyer, Kenny Johnson - brass quartet

Basketball Programs Well Represented On All-Conference Team

The Boys and Girls Basketball programs were well represented on the GAC South All-Conference Team when they were announced earlier in the week. Congratulations to our seven Vikings that were recognized for their efforts on the court this season!

Boys Basketball

Matt Schark - 1st Team

Daylan Dalton - 1st Team

Patrick Schulte - 2nd Team

Matthew Simmons - 2nd Team

Ryan Olwig - Sportsmanship Award

Girls Basketball

Taylor Russell - 1st Team

Jane Thompson - 2nd Team

Five Basketball Players Earn Spot On All District Team

Congratulations to Taylor Russell, Jane Thompson, Matt Schark, Daylan Dalton and Patrick Schulte on being named to the Class 5 District 7 All-District Team. All five Vikings helped lead their teams to the District Championship games last week. Congratulations to these young men and women on a great season.

Class 5 District 7 All-District Team

Boys Program - Matt Schark, Daylan Dalton, Patrick Schulte

Girls Program - Taylor Russell, Jane Thompson

Environmental Science Film Festival Gets Two Thumbs Up

The Environmental Science classes held their 3rd annual Human Impact on the Environment Film Festival last Wednesday. The festival is a culmination of the research students have done into a human impact on the environment. 43 one minute films were screened that evening, with the top 10 films shown on the big screen in the FHHS auditorium. The crowd of about 150 enjoyed pizza, soda and popcorn while they judged and selected the top 4 films. You can view the top 4 films below.

Congratulations to the top four films!

4. Ashley Buechel - Poverty in St. Louis

3. Alyssa M Farber - Malnutrition

2. Hunter Tosoto - Dear Mr. Hitchcock, Please Save The Bees

1. Lilly Wuest - It Won’t Affect Me

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Callee Rowell Earns Recognition At Talent On Parade Competition

Recently Francis Howell Golden Girl Callee Rowell competed at teh Talent on Parade competition. The senior ended taking 1st Overall, 1st in Category and wond the judges award for “Most Meaningful Moments” competition. Callee also won 2 scholarships for her performances and will now represent her studio at Nationals! Congratulations to Callee!

Seven Howell Students To Compete At Skills USA

Seven Francis Howell High School students will join 50 others from Lewis & Clark Career Center who will compete at the Skills USA Missouri State Leadership and Skills Conference in Linn, Missouri from April 4-6. During the month of February, 170 Lewis & Clark students (41% of student body) competed in 222 different district-level competitions, with 23 students earning a first place, gold-medal. Francis Howell students earned nine first-place, gold medals.

Students competed in a variety of technical, hands-on, written, and oral competitions

that related directly to their program of study at Lewis & Clark.

“We are proud of our St. Charles County students as they once again turned in a

great performance at the district level SkillsUSA competitions, particularly against

schools twice the size of ours in St. Louis County.” said Dr. Andrew Stewart, director of

the Lewis & Clark Career Center. “We are proud of the work ethic and perseverance the

students showed. We see this everyday and these results reflect that.”

Students who place first or second are automatically eligible to compete at the

state competitions. In some competitions, third place also qualifies for state. More than

a dozen state competitors qualified to compete based on their performance on a

nationally-normed assessment in their area along with a strong recommendation from

their Lewis & Clark instructor. These “straight to state” competitors and all students who

medaled in the district competition and those competing at the state competition are

denoted in the table below.

SkillsUSA describes their organization as a “partnership of students, teachers

and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We provide

educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical

education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.” Specific information about each

competition area can be found at

Howell High School Students Competing At Skills USA

Sean Barker - Quiz Bowl B Team

Kyle Hanson - Auto Maintenance/Light Repair

Dalton Schmidt - HVAC Tech Info

Jacob Miller - HVAC Tech Info

Kenaz Barks - Quiz Bowl A Team

Brendan Voss - Electrical Construction Wiring

Austin Winkle - HVAC Tech Info & HVAC Sheet Metal

Howell Alum Tyler Kreith Becomes NCAA All-American

Congratulations to Howell alum and current Maryville University wrestler Tyler Kreith on finishing 6th in the nation at the NCAA Wrestling Tournament over the weekend. His 6th place finish qualifies him for "All-American" status. Tyler is a junior and will return to Maryville for his senior year to build on his strong showing at the national level. Congratulations again to Tyler on a great season!
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2019-20 School Year Start Dates & Dead Periods Announced For MSHSAA Activities & Sports

The summer, fall, winter, and spring dead periods and starting dates for MSHSAA sponsored activities has been released for the 2019-20 school year. These 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 2019-20 school year.

Summer Dead Period (All MSHSAA Sponsored Activities) - June 29 - July 7, 2019

Fall Sports Dead Period (Fall Sports) - August 5 - August 11, 2019

Fall Sports Begin August 12, 2019

Winter Sports Dead Period (excluding girls swim) - October 27 - November 3, 2019

Winter Sports (excluding girls swim) begins November 4, 2019

Winter Sports Dead Period (Girls Swim) - November 3 - November 10, 2019

Girls Swim Begins November 11, 2019

Spring Sports Dead Period - February 23 - March 1, 2020

Spring Sports Begin March 2, 2020

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252 GAC Championships

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