The Viking Insider

Your Weekly Howell Activities E-Magazine

Howell Recognized As #4 Sports Program In State For 2016

Francis Howell High School has been recognized as having one of the top sports and extracurricular programs in the state by Niche. Niche recently released their rankings and FHHS was recognized as having the 4th best sports program in the state and the 21st best extracurricular program in the state. Rankings are based on student and parent reviews of athletics/extracurricular activities, student participation in athletics/extracurricular activities, and the number of sports/activities offered at the school. FHHS climbed up one spot in the sports program category and was previously not ranked in extracurricular activities. You can find the 2016 rankings below as well as links to see the full lists. Congratulations to all FHHS students, staff, parents, and community for their support of Howell activities.

2016 Best High School Sports Program - Missouri #4, Nationally #386 -

2016 Best High School Extracurricularrs - Missouri #24 -

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Wrestling Wins GAC South Championship

Congratulations to Coach Stroh and the wrestling program for winning the GAC South Championship on Thursday night. The Vikings took down FHC 39-24 to clinch the conference championship. The Vikings moved to 12-1 on the season with the win. The conference championship was the 5th of the 15-16 school year by Howell programs. You can view the results from the meet below.

Francis Howell 39 Francis Howell Central 24


Justin Kustec (Francis Howell) over Ian Smith (Francis Howell Central) (Fall 5:17)


Tyler Kreith (Francis Howell) over Noah Duckworth (Francis Howell Central) (Fall 0:39)


Andrew Godier (Francis Howell Central) over Anthony Parrish (Francis Howell) (Dec 9-4)


Corey Wait (Francis Howell Central) over Caylen Johnson (Francis Howell) (Fall 2:49)


Devin Schwartzkopf (Francis Howell Central) over John Noto (Francis Howell) (Fall 1:45)


Trevor Liggett (Francis Howell Central) over Geoffrey Seebeck (Francis Howell) (Dec 9-3)


Bryce Bachowski (Francis Howell Central) over Tyler McGhee (Francis Howell) (Dec 4-0)


Sam Heese (Francis Howell) over Jonathan Floyd (Francis Howell Central) (Dec 5-3)


Tyler Purler (Francis Howell) over Codi Gougion (Francis Howell Central) (Fall 1:30)


Jack Flynn (Francis Howell) over Shane Gallagher (Francis Howell Central) (TF 16-0 0:00)


Dylan Komperda (Francis Howell) over Unknown (For.)


Jackson Berck (Francis Howell Central) over Jack Heese (Francis Howell) (Dec 8-6)


Cole Long (Francis Howell) over Dylan Gillette (Francis Howell Central) (Dec 11-8)


Dirion Hutchins (Francis Howell) over Bryce Sanders (Francis Howell Central) (MD 10-2)

Swim Finishes 2nd At Pattonville Invitational

Congratulations to the Lady Vikings Swim program on their 2nd place finish in the Pattonville Invitational on Saturday. The Lady Vikings are currently 5-1 on the season.
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JV Golden Girls Have Strong Showing At St. Charles Competition

Congratulations to the JV Golden Girls for a great finish in the St. Charles High School Competition on Saturday. The JV GG's finished 1st in Jazz, 2nd in Pom and 3rd in Hip Hop. You can see our very talented Golden Girls at all remaining home basketball games.
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Freshman Wrestling Finishes 3rd At GAC Tournament

Congratulations to the freshman wrestling program for finishing 3rd at the GAC Tournament. You can find the Vikings that placed at the GAC Tournament below. Congratulations on a great season for our freshman wrestlers.

9th Howell Wrestling Placers
106 - Evan Kreith (18-2) placed 2nd and scored 20.00 team points.
145 - Max Giesmann (4-2) placed 6th and scored 9.00 team points.
152 - Gunnar Mohrmann (13-0) placed 1st and scored 28.00 team points.
160 - Joey Montgomery (3-4) placed 2nd and scored 22.00 team points.
170 - Jonah Libbert (6-0) placed 1st and scored 26.00 team points.
182 - Stone Kahle (7-5) placed 5th and scored 11.00 team points.
220 - Brandon Ulm (7-3) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.

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Howell Programs Host Purple Out Night

The FHHS Student Council, boys basketball program, and girls basketball program hosted a "Purple Out" on Friday night as the Vikings took on FHN to raise money for a cause and to honor one of our own. Thank you to all that came out to support such a great event and cause. All programs at FHHS are actively involved in our community and we appreciate the support and outreach that each of our programs provide for our great community.
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FHHS Has Strong Showing At Missouri State Thespian Conference

The Missouri State Thespian Conference was held on January 6-9th and FHHS had a very great weekend. Below you can find the many achievements that our very own FHHS Thespians accomplished over the course of the 3 days. Congratulations to Mr. Mueller and our FHHS Thespians!

  • Madalyn Wheeler earned a Superior rating for her Solo Musical performance in the Individual Events competition.
  • Matthew Kiewiet auditioned for a Performance Scholarship.
  • Emma Figgins entered a short film in the Individual Events competition.
  • Meghan Swoboda auditioned for the All-State Show.
  • The team of Malcohm Hudson, Lindsay Mosher, Meghan Swoboda, Jake Conrad and Haley Murphy participated in the Improv Olympics.

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Swoboda Finishes 5th In Poetry Reading

Congratulations to Meghan Swoboda for earning a 5th place finish in Poetry Reading at the GSL Speech Tournament on January 16th at Ritenour High School.

Short Videos From A Great Week Of Viking Activities

It is truly a great time to be a Viking. Students, staff, parents, and the community continue to support the great things going on in all programs at FHHS. If you missed out on some of the great activities that went on this week you can view a few short videos below!

Student Section Sings "Don't Stop Believing"

Cheer Performs At Halftime

Golden Girls Perform At Halftime

Band Performs Sweet Georgia Brown

Freshman Boys Basketball Supports Freshman Girls Program

Boys & Girls Basketball Highlights From Channel 5

FHHS Spotlight Artist - Shannon Ford

As the Viking Insider continues to recognize students across all activities at FHHS we unveiled a new feature last week, the "FHHS 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 Shannon Ford and learn more about her theme for her work.
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Artist: Shannon Ford

Grade: Senior

Favorite Media: Graphic Design

Sustained Theme: "My theme is focused on what society deems to be ugly. I chose this because I wanted people who feel insecure about their differences and people who are shamed by the media to know that they aren't alone. Society has told us since we were little that abortion, obesity, anorexia, and anything that might make you unworthy to someone is wrong. However, in my eyes everyone is beautiful and everyone is ugly."

Works: You can view several pieces of work by Shannon Ford below.

Join Us February 3rd For National Signing Day

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Spring Meet The Coaches Scheduled For February 17th

On Wednesday, February 17th the spring "Meet the Coaches" night will be held in the FHHS Commons. All spring student-athletes and parents are required to attend this meeting. Student-athletes should turn in all eligibility paperwork during this time. All completed paperwork must be turned in by February 26th at noon to ensure participation when spring sports begin. You can find all eligibility paperwork by clicking this link - . All freshman, juniors, and new students to FHSD in baseball, volleyball, girls lacrosse, and girls soccer must have an updated Impact test completed to participate. Impact testing dates can be found below as well as the schedule for the Meet the Coaches night:

Upcoming Impact Testing Dates:


Meet The Coaches - February 17th

5:00-6:00 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)

Follow Your Favorite Viking Activities With The New Free App

It continues to become easier and easier for Viking fans to stay up to date and informed about their favorite Viking activities. The Activities Department now has an app of iOS and Android. Find schedules, scores, news, pictures, and more on the new app. The best part of the app is that it is completely free! Download your app today by clicking one of the links below.

iTunes Store Link -

Google Play Store Link -

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2016-17 Dead Period & Sports Season Start Dates Released

The summer, fall, winter, and spring dead periods for the 2016-17 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 16-17 school year.

Summer Dead Period (All MSHSAA Sponsored Activities) - July 2-10, 2016

Fall Sports Dead Period (Fall Sports) - July 24-31, 2016

Fall Sports Begin August 1, 2016

Winter Sports Dead Period (Winter Sports - excluding girls swim) - October 24-30, 2016

Winter Sports (excluding girls swim) begins October 31, 2016

Winter Sports Dead Period (Girls Swim) - October 30-November 6, 2016

Girls Swim Begins November 7, 2016

Spring Sports Dead Period - February 19-26, 2017

Spring Sports Begin February 27, 2017

Howell Nike Apparel Closeout

Did Santa forget to get you that Viking apparel you wanted? The Activities Office has several Howell Nike winter items for sale while supplies last. Most items are 20% or more off of retail. Drop by the Activities Office to purchase your Howell apparel today. Pictures of the current stock of items can be found below.
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Howell Activities & Events This Week

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Francis Howell High School Activities Department

Tradition Lives Here

206 GAC Championships

138 District Championships

60 Final Four Appearances

23 State Championships