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Boys & Girls Cross Country Win Capital City Invitational; Girls State Ranking Moves To #6

The Boys and Girls Cross Country programs both brough home championships on Friday from the Capital City Invitational that was held at McNair Park. The Vikings had several place in the top twenty at the meet. Our very own Sarah Russom won the girls race with an impressive time of 20:23.17. With the win the girls cross country program moved to a #6 state ranknkg. Congratulations to the following runners on a great day at the Capital City Invitational!

Girls Top 20 Finishers

Sarah Russom - 1st

Maggie May - 5th

Ally Hopppe - 6th

Alexis Edgar - 7th

Chloe Figgins - 13th

Adeline Ferreira - 15th

Boys Top 20 Finishers

Deivydas Hermanas - 3rd

Blake Panagos - 10th

Nick Cimmarusti - 11th

Jacob Boushelle - 12th

Sam Porten - 13th

Josh Kyle - 20th

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Volleyball Wins Silver Division At Edwardsville; Deutschmann Makes All-Tournament Team

The volleyball program traveled to Edwardsville High School this weekend to take on some of the top programs from the Illinois area. Our Lady Vikings walked away with a Silver Division championship while going 4-1 during the two day tournament. Anna Deutschmann had an impressive tournament and was a unanimous selection by coaches for the all-tournament team. Congratulations to the girls volleyball program and Anna on a great tournament.
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Howell To Host It's 4th Annual First Responders Night

This Friday night will be a special night not only for Viking fans but also for first responders and the community. This Friday's game will be the 4th Annual "First Responders Night." The theme for the game on Friday is "Red, White, & Blue." All Howell and Granite City fans are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue to the game to show their support. All first responders and military personnel in uniform or with an ID will be admitted to the game for free. The game will also serve as a fundraiser for the Backstoppers. An evening of events has been planned to honor the great men and women that serve as First Responders and those that defend our country in the military.

A list of events and activities for the night is listed below. We encourage the entire Howell community to come out and support not only the Vikings but the great men and women we are honoring as we look to raise money for the Backstoppers. The past three years the Howell community has raised nearly $6500 at First Responders Night.

**Please note that this has been the largest attended football game the past three years. It is strongly recommended to arrive early and to purchase your tickets immediately upon arrival to avoid lines just before game time. Additionally, you can purchase tickets or punch passes in the Activities Office all this week from 6:30 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m this week to help alleviate long lines prior to kickoff. Fans are asked to be in their seats by 6:35 p.m. in order to see the special pre-game festivities planned for this special night. You can find a guide to the evenings activities below.

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4th Annual First Responders Night Football Game Details Released

Your Guide To The 4th Annual First Responders Night

Howell Vikings vs. Granite City Warriors

September 7, 2018

Gametime: 7:00 p.m.

Gates Open: 5:00 p.m.

Arrive Early - Due to an expected record crowd Viking fans are encouraged to arrive early on Friday night. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and fans are encouraged to be in the stadium by 6:35 p.m. to enjoy the many pre-game events planned. Additionally ticket lines have been added to deal with the large crowds.

Parking & Shuttle - Parking is available on the campus of Francis Howell High School as well as the Weldon Spring Site (Rockpile). A shuttle will be running from the Weldon Spring Site to the stadium from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for fans. Once the high school campus lot is full, all cars will be directed to the Weldon Spring Site (Rockpile) where additional parking is available and a shuttle will drop fans off at the stadium.

First Responders & Active Military- All First Responders and current active military will be admitted free to the game with an ID.

Future Viking Night - Students from John Weldon, Independence, Daniel Boone, Castlio, Central, Warren, Howell Middle and Bryan Middle are admitted free with an accompanying adult and “Future Viking Night” flyer. Free admission is for students only.

JR Viking Football, JR Viking Cheer, & Middle School Band - Students involved with these groups will be admitted free to the game with their jersey or uniform. Students from all three groups will welcome the team to the field and the middle school band will help in the performing of the National Anthem.

Red, White, & Blue Theme- All fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue in honor of our First Responders and military personnel.

Seating In East Endzone (Tennis Court Side) - Viking fans can now get even closer to the action on Friday night. Additional seating for up to 800 fans is being added to the east endzone. Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Seating is first come, first serve in this area. The game is expected to bring upwards of 6,000 fans.

Farmers Insurance Presentation - Mark and Tyler Arnold from Farmers Insurance will present the Howell Activities Department a check to support Howell programs.

Honor Guard To Present Colors- The Riverview Gardens High School NJROTC Color Guard will present the colors prior to the football game.

Special 50 State Recognition- The Cross Country program will present a very unique and special recognition of the fifty states prior to the National Anthem. This will be a great photo opportunity you will not want to miss.

Delivery of Game Ball- A trademark of the First Responders Night at Howell is the special delivery of the game ball. Viking fans will be able to view a special fly over and delivery of the game ball courtesy of Metro Air Support. Howell alum and current Battalion Chief of the St. Charles County Ambulance District Brandon Jones and his family will receive the game ball which will be presented by current Howell parent and Captain of the St. Charles County Bureau of Special Enforcement Craig Ostermeyer.

Special Game Entrance - Viking fans can enjoy a special entrance to the field courtesy of our friends at Peoples Savings Bank. The best entrance in high school football just got better! Be sure that you are in your seats as our Vikings take the field.

Win A Metro Air Support Helicopter Ride To Benefit The Backstoppers

4th Annual Francis Howell First Responders Night Football Game

Metro Air Support Helicopter Ride Raffle

Here’s your opportunity to experience a helicopter ride with the Metro Air Support unit while also supporting the Backstoppers.

Prize: Winner receives a certificate which entitles them to one ride in a Metro Air Support helicopter. Date and time to be coordinated and approved by the Commander of the Metro Air Support Unit. (All passengers must be 16 years of age or older)

Ticket Sales: August 13th through September 6th at 11:59 p.m. Tickets can only be purchased at

Ticket Cost: $10 per ticket or 6 tickets for $50

Drawing: Will take place on September 7th. The winner will be announced at halftime of the football game. Winner does not need to be present.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Backstoppers.

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Coach Chojnacki And Football Program Recognized By Officials

Following the Kirkwood football game on Thursday night Coach Chojnacki and the football program were recognzied by the officials for their sportsmanship. The high expectations for Howell programs extend well beyond the finished product that fans see on the field or court. You can view the positive special report we received from the official below. Congratulations to Coach Chojnacki and the football program for their efforts to positively represent Howell and our community.

"Hats off to Francis Howell High School. You have a class act representing you as your head football coach. Coach Chojnacki is a phenomenal leader of young men, and I applaud him for his calm demeanor and spectacular sportsmanship. His team played a strong opponent in a hard fought, close game. He was a joy to work with, even when the calls went against his team. Brent is what great looks like, and I wish him and his team nothing but the best in the future. We need more coaches like Brent!"

"I was the linesman for this game and worked with Brent Chojnacki on his sideline. There was a lot of tough plays that went on in this game and he was very professional in how he handled everything. It was my pleasure to work with him and I would look forward to doing another game with him."

Soccer Begins Season 3-0; Vikings Continue Remarkable Eight Year Run

The boys soccer program kicked off their season with three convincing wins in the FZE tournament to bring home a pool championship. The highly ranked Vikings outscored their opponents 18-1 over the course of the three games.

Coach Enright and the Boys Soccer program are putting together run over the course of the past eight seasons. Since 2011, the program has amassed a 138-39-5 record for an impressive .771 win percentage. The Vikings brought home a State Championship in 2015.

Viking fans are encouraged to get out and support one of the top soccer programs in the State this season as they work to continue this impressive run.

Band Performs At FHSD Band Preview

The Howell Marching Band participated in the FHSD Band Preview on Thursday night. Our Vikings have grown to one of the largest bands in recent years and are nearly 120 members strong. This very talented group is coming off a very strong competition season last year and has put in a strong summer and early fall preparing for the season ahead. The band will begin their competition season this Saturday as they travel to the Metro East Marching Festival at O'Fallon Township High School. Good luck to Mr. Miller, staff, the band and our amazing parents volunteers that make the season possible as the 2018 season begins!
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Cast For The Fall Production Of "The Crucible" Announced

Congratulations to the Cast of The Crucible! The Award winning FHHS Limelight Theatre would like to congratulate the cast for the upcoming Fall Production of The Crucible to be performed November 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2018.

The Crucible , by Playwright Arthur Miller, is the exciting fictionalized drama of the Salem witch trials that occur in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the late 1600’s.

The cast includes: Jakob Ringwald, Dora Vaccaro, Bianca Rai, Kennedy Lindauer, Allie Thornton, Faith Zuber, Faolan Cody, Katie Thuet, Kayla Elmore, Joey Montgomery, Marissa Gibbons, Sam Figgins, Bryce Thornton, Shayna Crosby, Nolan Thurman, Aidan Ferrar, Blake

Jenkins, Jeremiah Brown, Izzy Luca, Dylan Enyart, Nick Brock, Kyleigh Holman, Mallory Abshear and Jale Evans.

Congratulations to the Crew Heads and Crew Members that are being chosen as well. Crew positions for the production will be finalized soon.

Questions regarding the upcoming play, can be directed to Edward Cole,

Drama Director at

Boys Swim Earns First Win Of Season; Josh Smith Qualifes For State

Congratulations to the Boys Swim program on earning their first win of the season in their opening tri-meet of the fall. The Vikings outscored Pattonville and FZN to bring the win home. Congratulations to Josh Smith on qualifying for State with his dives at the meet. Good luck to our Vikings this season!

Tri Meet Results

Howell 154

Pattonville 106

FZN 66

Fall Student-Participants Off To Impressive Start In The Classroom

Fall activities and sports are off to a strong start not only on the field and court but also in the classroom. As we reached the first progress report period of the 2018-19 school year the nearly 600 involved in activities and sports this fall are having a high level of success in teh classroom. Out of a possible 3,850 classes our fall Vikings are currently enrolled in they currently have a C or above in 3,724! Simply put, they have a C or above in 97% of all classes they are currently taking. Congratulations to our student-participants for their efforts in the classroom and thank you to our coaches for setting such high expectations in the classroom.

Tennis Off To Strong Start On Court And In Community

The girls tennis program is off to a strong start on the court and in the community. The Lady Vikings have jumped out to a strong 2-1 start to the season with wins over Timberland and Troy. Not only have they had success on the court but they have also been winning in our community. On Thursday, the Lady Vikings volunteered at the U.S Open Wheelchair Tournament at Dwight Davis Center. Thank you to our coaches and girls tennis players for volunteering and giving back to such a great event for the top wheelchair tennis players in the world.

Peoples Savings Bank To Sponsor Football Entrance

Thank you to our friends at Peoples Savings Bank for sponsoring our football programs entrance to the field this coming Friday night. The pre-game entrance will undoubtedly amaze fans as our Vikings are welcomed to the field. Peoples Savings Bank is a proud support of Howell activities and sports.

If you or your business would like to be involved or support the many activities, sports and events at Howell please contact Activities Director Sean Erwin at for more information.

New Admission Prices Established For MSHSAA Athletic Events

The Francis Howell School District has established new rates for the 2018-2019 school year for attendance to MSHSAA athletic events.

Varsity level games - Adults $5, Students $2, Seniors 60 & over $2.
Freshman/C-Team/Jr Varsity level games - Adults $3, Students $1, Seniors 60 & over $1.
Children under 5 are free.

Senior citizens who reside in the district can acquire a Golden Athletic Pass at district office or at home events with proof of residency. A Golden Athletic Pass will allow free entry into games.

Adults can purchase an Adult Punch Pass which is good for 10 varsity games for the price of $30. These passes can be purchased at any game or in the Activities Office. Punch passes, student sports passes, Golden Athletic passes, and under age 5 free rules are not valid at tournaments, GAC’s, District, Sectional, and State level events. These funds will be used to support the activities budgets, which have been cut by 30 percent over the past eight years.

Youth Spectator Guidelines For 2018-19 School Year

As we begin the fall season and our highly attended "Friday Night Lights" the FHSD would like to remind all parents and students of our youth spectator guidelines that are in place to ensure the safety of students and fans at all FHSD events.

All students and children currently enrolled in the eighth grade and younger must be accompanied and directly supervised by an adult to be admitted to or remain at the event. Students and children are expected to remain under the supervision of the adult that they are attending the event with.

Youth spectators as described above will not be admitted to the stadium without a designated adult. Any youth spectators without a designated adult will be held outside the stadium until their parents come to pick them up or accompany them into the game.

Accompanying adults are asked to maintain diligent supervision of those youth spectators for which they have assumed responsibility the entire contest. Any youth spectators found to be without adult supervision will be returned to the adult(s) they came to game with. If their adults are unable to be found, they will be held outside the stadium until a responsible adult comes to pick them up or accompany them back to the game.

Cheer Continues To Bring School Spirit To Howell Events

Thank you to our Howell Cheer program for their continued efforts to improve the game day atmosphere for all Viking fans at events. Our Lady Vikings put in a lot of work in preparation for our events as well as for their cheer competitions. Viking fans are looking forward to another great fall season ahead. Thank you again to our cheerleaders!
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2018-19 Dead Period & Sports Season Start Dates

The summer, fall, winter, and spring dead periods for the 2018-19 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 18-19 school year.

Fall Sports Begin August 6, 2018

Winter Meet the Coaches - October 10, 2018 (6pm)

Winter Sports Dead Period (Winter Sports - excluding girls swim) - October 21-28, 2018

Winter Sports (excluding girls swim) begins October 29, 2018

Winter Sports Dead Period (Girls Swim) - October 28-November 4, 2018

Girls Swim Begins November 5, 2018

Spring Meet the Coaches - February 13, 2019 (6pm)

Spring Sports Dead Period - February 17-24, 2019

Spring Sports Begin February 25, 2019

Howell Activities Department Unveils New Website

You can now find all of our favorite Howell activities, clubs and sports in one location! The Howell Activities Department recently unveiled it's new website at The website contains links to programs, schedules, calendars and other important information for those wanting to learn more about the many opportunities offered at Howell. You can also download the free app by searching "rschool app" for your iPhone or Android device! The new website and app continues to add more information and features and we hope that this new resource will be helpful to all Vikings and fans.

Howell Nike Dri-Fit Tee's Just $20 In Activities Office

If you are lookin gto add to your Howell wardrobe you may want to drop by the Activities Office where you can purchase Howell Nike Dri-Fit tee's for just $20. There are a limited number of shirts remaining so please stop by soon before they are gone!
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A Legacy of Excellence

252 GAC Championships

156 District Championships

76 Final Four Appearances

28 State Championships