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30 FHHS Student-Athletes To Sign On National Signing Day

Thirty FHHS student-athletes will sign to further their education and compete in their respective sport at the college level on Wednesday on National Signing Day. These thirty young men and women have a cumulative GPA of over 3.33, further showcasing the importance of excelling both in the classroom and in activity.

Wednesday morning FHHS will recognize these accomplishments during the 2nd Annual Signing Day Reception. The signing day reception will begin sharply at 6:45 a.m. in the Main Gym. We encourage all friends, family, and Viking fans to join us in this great celebration on Wednesday morning. If you are unable to attend you may catch up on the reception by visiting Newschannel 5, STL Today, and the High School Sports Caravan. These media outlets will all be carrying the mornings events with interviews, video and more.

On May 6th, FHHS will recognize those that make a decision to participate in their MSHSAA sponsored activity or sport at the college level with another reception. Stay tuned for more information regarding the May 6th celebration.

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Lady Vikings Win Lebanon Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to the Lady Vikings basketball program on their Lebanon Tournament Championship. The Lady Vikings competed in the Lebanon Tournament which featured several ranked programs from across the state. With the win, the girls basketball program moved to 16-3 on the season.

Lebanon Tournament Results

1st Rd - Howell 54 Lee's Summit West 34

Semifinals - Howell 63 Helias 42

Championship - Howell 49 Lebanon 42

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Wilborn & Berry Make All-Tournament Team

Congratulations to Morgan Wilborn and Dani Berry and being recognized for their performance in the Lebanon Tournament. Morgan and Dani were both named to the All-Tournament Team. Congratulations on a great tournament!
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Golden Girls Reach Finals At UDA Nationals

The Golden Girls traveled to the UDA National this weekend to compete in the Jazz and Hip Hop categories. The GG's turned in a very strong Hip Hop routine to advance them to the finals where only 8 dance programs in the country remain. The GG's performed at 8:10 a.m. on Sunday morning and are currently awaiting the final results to be announced at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night. We wish the Golden Girls the best of luck tonight as they await their final results.

The GG's also competed in Jazz and turned in a great performance but did not advance to the finals of Jazz which only took 6 finalists. If you would like to view the GG's routines from the UDA Nationals you can click the following link to view them in their entirety. The Golden Girls competed in the "Large Varsity" divisions of both Jazz and Hip-Hop.

Golden Girl UDA National Performances

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Viking Leadership Academy Kicks Off 2nd Semester

The FHHS Activities Department continues to work to develop leaders that will not only be successful in their activity/club/sport but also in life. Last year FHHS began to develop the "Viking Leadership Academy" to help promote and develop leadership skills in our student-participants. The fall sports programs unveiled the "VLA" this school year and the program has evolved to taking on a much larger part in the school climate, During the second-semester student participants will have an opportunity to attend leadership training activities during Howell time twice each month. These opportunities will focus on the R.I.S.E. core values of Respect, Integrity, Sportsmanship, and Excellence as well as bringing all programs closer together. The Viking Leadership Academy will also offer several opportunities outside of school beginning in February for student-participants to get to know each other outside of their activity and normal school day.

On Wednesday, Activites Director Sean Erwin and VLA Directors Coach Radigan and Coach Muehling worked with nearly 200 FHHS student-participants to kick off the second semester. Student-participants concentrated on identifying areas they see a lack of leadership or sportsmanship at FHHS and how we can begin to improve those areas. Students also introduced themselves to students they did not know during passing periods on Wednesday and took "Viking High Five" selfies using the #vh5 hashtag. Many new connections were made across the building with those in and out of FHHS activities. Student participants will build on these discussions on February 10th when they meet again for VLA. All student participants at FHHS are encouraged to attend these fun and engaging 35 minute leadership sessions that aim to help improve leadership capacity and further the mission to coach and develop the entire student-participant both in and out of activity.

What are our FHHS student-participants saying about attending VLA?

"So much fun spending time with others who value leadership and teamwork!"

"So cool to get to meet and work with people who are so involved here at Howell!"

"I met new people and learned the importance of leadership in activities!"

"So fun to meet new people who have been naturally made into leaders!! Way to go Vikings!"

"It was really awesome to meet people I normally wouldn't even see in a day. Thumbs up!!"

"#vla leaders are MADE @ Howell"

"I learned to work better with people I didn't know today at Viking leadership academy!"

"Had a great time at #VLA !!! Group 2 was killin it! The leaders of tomorrow!"

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Mackenzie Martin Sets Guiness World Record

How many high schools can say that they have a Guiness World Record Holder? FHHS can! On Wednesday afternoon FHHS student Mackenzie Martin made her way into the Guiness Book of World Records by making the world's largest staple chain. The staple chain measured 1104 feet which was almost double the previous world record. Students, family, and friends were on hand to watch the world record being set. An engineering firm was even brought in to make an accurate measurement to help certify the record. Congratulations to Mackenzie Martin on a great accomplishment!
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Gina Kerns Named Support Staff Person Of The Year

Congratulations to Gina Kerns for being named the FHHS Support Staff Person of the Year. Mrs. Kerns is the Activities Department administrative assistant at FHHS. Anyone that has had contact with Mrs. Kerns knows the great passion and pride she has for FHHS and our activities, clubs, and sports. The success of the FHHS Activities Department is a direct reflection of her efforts each day. Congratulations to Mrs. Kerns for a well deserved honor.
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Denny Scherrer Named Teacher Of The Year

Congratulations to FHHS social studies teacher and Scholar Bowl Coach Denny Scherrer for being named the FHHS Teacher Of The Year. Mr. Scherrer has not only made great contributions to the social studies department but has also served as the Scholar Bowl coach at FHHS as well. Last year's Scholar Bowl team reached the State Sectionals and this year's program is currently 23-1. Congratulations to Mr. Scherrer on being not only a great teacher but a great role model for our students.
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Boys Basketball Recognizes FHHS Staff

The boys basketball program held their "Teacher Appreciation Night" on Thursday night to honor the great staff at FHHS. The basketball program started Thursday with breakfast for all FHHS staff members served by the players, coaches, and parents. That night during the Howell vs. FHC basketball game players had staff members wear their jerseys to the game. Staff members were then recognized at halftime for their dedication and commitment to being leaders and role models in the classroom. Congratulations to our FHHS staff members and thank you to our boys basketball program for continuing to bring the Howell family closer together.
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Students Continue To Support All FHHS Activities

The 2015-16 school year has seen an increase in support of all FHHS Activities. Student's, parents and the community have come together to support all FHHS programs and to provide a great atmosphere during the course of the year. On Thursday night the Vikings squared off with FHC in a GAC South matchup. The game saw the boys basketball program recognize our staff members as part of Teacher Appreciation Night. The student theme for the game was "Dads" and our student body did not disappoint. Below you can find pictures and videos of this great night as our Vikings beat FHC 83-61.

Video From "Teacher Appreciation & "Dads" Night

Student Section Sings "Don't Stop Believing" Pt. 1

Student Section Sings "Don't Stop Believing" Pt. 2

Halftime Performance By Cheer

Cheer Showing Their #vikingpride

Band Gets Crowd Ready For Tipoff

FHHS Student Jess Jostes Releases EP on iTunes

Walking through the halls of FHHS you will find many talented young men and women. These FHHS students work hard to not only accomplish goals they have set but to also represent FHHS. FHHS student Jess Jostes is one of those students. Jess is currently an independent artist that has released her first EP on iTunes. We sat down with Jess to ask her about her music career and how she first got started.

When or how did you get music?

I started singing at the St. Peters Community Arts Center doing musical theater when I was about 11. After that I switched to a more pop-style of music and took guitar lessons with someone out in Webster Groves, which lead to me writing my own music.

What instruments are you able to play? Have you taken lessons or are you self-taught.

JJ - I can play guitar and piano and I took lessons for both.

What genre would you describe your music as?

JJ - I would describe my music as mainly pop.

How do you find inspiration for your music?

JJ - I find inspiration through different artists and songs, emotions and catchy melodies that I think of.

What are your goals for your music career in the future?

JJ - My goals for my music career in the future are to continue making music and try and get my name out to as many people as possible

Click the link below to listen to or purchase the Drifting EP by Jess Jostes

Drifting - EP by Jess Jostes on iTunes

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Titanium, Cover by: Jess Jostes
All I Want, Kodaline: Cover by Jess Jostes

FHHS Winterguard Takes 1st At Mascoutah Competition

Congratulations to the FHHS Winterguard on taking 1st Place in their division at the MCCGA Competition at Mascoutah High School. The very talented Winterguard program has been preparing for months for the competition season that has just begun. Winterguard will compete next on February 12th and 13th at the WGI Competition in Kansas City. Congratulations on a great start to the competition season for our very own FHHS Winterguard.
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Wrestling Takes 4th In Thrasher Tournament

Congratulations to the FHHS Wrestling program for hosting a great 27 team Kyle Thrasher Memorial Tournament on the campus of FHHS on Friday and Saturday. The tournament brought many of the top wrestling programs and wrestlers from across the state to FHHS to compete in the two day tournament. The Vikings had another strong showing by finishing 4th in the tournament and advancing 5 wrestlers to the finals. Tyler Kreith, Tyler Purler, Jack Flynn, Dylan Komperda, and Jack Heese all advanced to the finals with both Tyler Kreith and Dylan Komperda winning championships. You can view the results from the tournament below of our Vikings that placed at the tournament. Congratulations on another strong showing by our wrestling program.

Kyle Thrasher Tournament 2016 Results for Francis Howell

106 - Tyler Kreith (26-4) placed 1st and scored 29.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Tyler Kreith (Francis Howell) 26-4 won by fall over Atajio Ivy (Parkway West) 1-2 (Fall 1:05)
Champ. Round 2 - Tyler Kreith (Francis Howell) 26-4 won by fall over John Brown (Holt JV) 10-10 (Fall 1:08)
Quarterfinal - Tyler Kreith (Francis Howell) 26-4 won by major decision over Riley Mansker (Jackson) 26-10 (MD 8-0)
Semifinal - Tyler Kreith (Francis Howell) 26-4 won by decision over Jack Lenox (Marquette) 35-5 (Dec 3-1)
1st Place Match - Tyler Kreith (Francis Howell) 26-4 won by decision over Alec Ziegler (O`Fallon ) 28-6 (Dec 5-2)

145 - Tyler McGhee (23-9) placed 6th and scored 15.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Tyler McGhee (Francis Howell) 23-9 won by tech fall over Nick Beeler (Timberland HS) 4-17 (TF-1.5 3:20 (17-2))
Champ. Round 2 - Tyler McGhee (Francis Howell) 23-9 won by fall over Logan Northrup (Pattonville) 19-15 (Fall 1:43)
Quarterfinal - Gavin Dewitt (Jefferson City) 33-4 won by fall over Tyler McGhee (Francis Howell) 23-9 (Fall 3:37)
Cons. Round 4 - Tyler McGhee (Francis Howell) 23-9 won by tech fall over Dylan Waks (MICDS) 34-12 (TF-1.5 0:00 (16-0))
Cons. Round 5 - Tyler McGhee (Francis Howell) 23-9 won by major decision over Micah Collier (Jackson) 25-6 (MD 14-6)
Cons. Semi - Alex Wier (Lafayette (Wildwood)) 40-6 won by decision over Tyler McGhee (Francis Howell) 23-9 (Dec 7-5)
5th Place Match - Gavin Dewitt (Jefferson City) 33-4 won by medical forfeit over Tyler McGhee (Francis Howell) 23-9 (M. For.)

160 - Tyler Purler (27-5) placed 2nd and scored 22.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Tyler Purler (Francis Howell) 27-5 won by tech fall over Kyle Kulik (Eureka) 13-22 (TF-1.5 0:00 (15-0))
Champ. Round 2 - Tyler Purler (Francis Howell) 27-5 won by major decision over Mike Wozniak (Lafayette (Wildwood) JV) 12-8 (MD 11-2)
Quarterfinal - Tyler Purler (Francis Howell) 27-5 won by decision over Caleb Camacho (Northwest) 28-12 (Dec 3-2)
Semifinal - Tyler Purler (Francis Howell) 27-5 won by decision over Kurtis Hahn (Whitfield) 34-4 (Dec 10-8)
1st Place Match - Austin Keller (Holt) 32-6 won by major decision over Tyler Purler (Francis Howell) 27-5 (MD 10-2)

170 - Jack Flynn (25-4) placed 2nd and scored 27.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Jack Flynn (Francis Howell) 25-4 won by fall over Dylan Crawford (Hazelwood West) 23-15 (Fall 2:19)
Champ. Round 2 - Jack Flynn (Francis Howell) 25-4 won by fall over Joe Magee (Battle Hs) 10-19 (Fall 1:24)
Quarterfinal - Jack Flynn (Francis Howell) 25-4 won by major decision over Dylan Jones (Lindbergh) 18-6 (MD 13-2)
Semifinal - Jack Flynn (Francis Howell) 25-4 won by fall over Noah Elmore (Whitfield) 33-10 (Fall 3:54)
1st Place Match - Logan Moriarity (Jefferson City) 34-2 won by decision over Jack Flynn (Francis Howell) 25-4 (Dec 4-0)

182 - Dylan Komperda (29-0) placed 1st and scored 29.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Dylan Komperda (Francis Howell) 29-0 won by tech fall over julien Cifarelli (Eureka) 4-6 (TF-1.5 0:00 (21-5))
Champ. Round 2 - Dylan Komperda (Francis Howell) 29-0 won by fall over Adam Lightner (DeSmet) 9-18 (Fall 1:03)
Quarterfinal - Dylan Komperda (Francis Howell) 29-0 won by decision over Dustin Jones (Lindbergh) 22-10 (Dec 11-4)
Semifinal - Dylan Komperda (Francis Howell) 29-0 won by fall over Rashaun Woods (Jefferson City) 27-11 (Fall 3:19)
1st Place Match - Dylan Komperda (Francis Howell) 29-0 won by decision over Brenden Mckenna (Lafayette (Wildwood)) 38-6 (Dec 13-7)

195 - Jack Heese (26-3) placed 2nd and scored 20.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Jack Heese (Francis Howell) 26-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 - Jack Heese (Francis Howell) 26-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal - Jack Heese (Francis Howell) 26-3 won by decision over Logan Wells (Lindbergh) 20-9 (Dec 7-6)
Semifinal - Jack Heese (Francis Howell) 26-3 won by decision over Cayelon Barton (Mccluer North) 30-7 (Dec 7-3)
1st Place Match - Jalen martin (Jefferson City) 35-0 won by decision over Jack Heese (Francis Howell) 26-3 (Dec 5-1)

220 - Cole Long (23-7) placed 4th and scored 17.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Cole Long (Francis Howell) 23-7 won by fall over Ravion Brown (Eureka) 3-12 (Fall 1:30)
Champ. Round 2 - Cole Long (Francis Howell) 23-7 won by decision over Hayden Bollinger (Lafayette (Wildwood) JV) 4-6 (Dec 8-2)
Quarterfinal - Cole Long (Francis Howell) 23-7 won by major decision over Carvell Williams (Parkway South) 20-14 (MD 11-3)
Semifinal - Mason Costa (Lindbergh) 27-6 won by fall over Cole Long (Francis Howell) 23-7 (Fall 1:57)
Cons. Semi - Cole Long (Francis Howell) 23-7 won by decision over Devon Byrd (Holt) 15-16 (Dec 3-2)
3rd Place Match - solomon jackson (Mccluer North) 23-8 won by fall over Cole Long (Francis Howell) 23-7 (Fall 2:52)

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We Love To Code

During the week of February 1-5 the Francis Howell School District is participating in a week-long event encouraging students of all ages to participate in coding activities. As a follow-up to the national Hour of Code in October, sponsored by, FHSD has continued the effort to provide coding opportunities for students across the district.

Coding, or programming teaches computational thinking which enhances critical thinking. Through the experience of programming, students learn how to think. While coding, students are engaged in problem solving and logical thinking, which encourages critical thinking. These skills are necessary for a growing workforce centered around Computer Science. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that more than 1 million programming jobs will go unfilled by the U.S. by 2020. (Monthly Labor Review, 2012)

During the week of We Love to Code! the FHHS Learning Commons will provide opportunities for students to take part in a variety of programming activities including the WE LUV2CODE Challenge! Encourage your child to come into the Learning Commons and spend an hour learning how to create games, design art projects, and other coding activities! Additional information can be found at

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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:

Impact Test Dates: In Library (learning commons) Lab 109

Jan. 27th at Early Release 1:35pm in the library

Feb 3rd at Early Release 1:35pm in the library

Feb 17th from 4:30-5:30 (last test starts at 5) in the library

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

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206 GAC Championships

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