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Girls Soccer Starts Season 2-0, Riley Casey Named Parkway College Showcase Player Of The Game

The Varsity Girls Soccer team is off to a strong start by earning wins over Troy (2-1) and Springfield Glendale (2-0). The Springfield Glendale game was part of Parkway College Showcase hosted at Lou Fusz. Our very own Riley Casey was recognized as the "Player of the Game" by the Parkway College Showcase in the win. The Lady Vikings have been led by a balanced scoring attack that includes 4 different players. The program has high expectations as they head into the 2019 season. If you have the opportunity to get out and support this great group of young ladies they are fun to watch!
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Ryan Skillington Named First Team All-Metro

This past week Ryan Skillington was named a St. Louis Post-Dispatch First Team All-Metro Wrestler. Ryan completed a standout 2018-19 season by goining 33-2 and becoming the first ever Howell Heavyweight to win a State Championship. Congratulations to Ryan on being recognized for this great honor.
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Eberwine & Vondera Earn Ryan Griffith Scholarships

Congratulations to Emily Eberwine and Betta Vondera for being recognized this past week as recipients of the Ryan Griffith Scholarship presented by the St. Louis Area Wrestling Officials. Emily and Betta were a key part of Howell's first ever Girls Wrestling program this season. Congratulations to these two young ladies on a great honor and for representing Howell in such a positive way!
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HOSA Has Dominant Performances At State, Qualify 9 For Internationals

Howell HOSA-Future Health Professionals traveled to the State Competition this past week and brought home several strong performances. In all nine Howell HOSA members qualified for HOSA Internationals this summer. Congratulations to the follow HOSA members on their great finishes at State HOSA and good luck to those that have qualified for Internationals!

  • Nora Stith & Sarah Stott placed 2nd and advanced to HOSA Internationals in Orlando, Florida with their work in Public Health.
  • Pranavi Kolouju, Gavandeep Shinger & Jahnavi Pingali placed 1st and advanced to HOSA Internationals in Orlando, Florida.
  • Harshavardhan Bollepalli, Bryce Clemons, Harib Mian, & Noah Schultz placed 2nd in HOSA Bowl Team and qualified for HOSA Internationals in Orlando, Florida.
  • Jack Stiens, Sarah Ortbal, Sara Stiens, Anna Johannesman placed in the "Top 5" in State HOSA competition in Origional Medical Innovation.

The Howell Limelight Theatre Presents: Snow Angel

The Howell Limelight Theatre is set to present the 2019 production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s play Snow Angel which is set in the town of Deerpoint, Vermont during the biggest blizzard in 107 years. Just as the teenagers begin celebrating a day of no school , their teacher announces a special journal assignment to be completed over the Snow Day. Out of the snow, and the assignment, comes a mysterious girl named Eva. Eva needs help searching for answers but no one is quite sure what the questions are or where she comes from. 15 confused teenagers do their best to help Eva but her story is truly baffling.

Snow Angel is a funny and eerie tale of teen discovery, mischief, and acceptance told through journal entries and character interactions. Come join us and help us to figure out the mystery surrounding Eva.

Evening performances will be Friday, April 5th & Saturday, April 6th, at the FHHS Auditorium, 7001 Highway 94 South, St. Charles. The doors open at 6:30 pm with performances beginning at 7:00 pm each night. A matinee performance will be held on Sunday, April 7th, doors open at 1:30 pm with a performance at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available at the door for $5.

For more information contact Mr. Edward Cole, Theatre Director, at

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Varsity Boys Golf Finishes 2nd At Bogey Hills

The Varsity Boys Golf team traveled to the Bogey Hills Invitational this week and brought home a strong 2nd place finish and a team score of 323. Blake Derleth placed 5th and Cole Prager took 6th with a pair of 78's. The Boys Golf team is off to a strong start to the season and the expectations are high for this very talented group of Vikings!
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Tredway & Just Recognized In Express The Music Competition

Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, the Express the Music competition sponsored by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, invited students in grades 9-12 to discover the Finale of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and to respond with stories or poems that motivated similar creative insights. This year, teachers from 46 Missouri and Illinois schools submitted 660 entries for the competition out of the 2343 students who participated in the activity. Volunteers from the Symphony Volunteer Association served as preliminary judges and named 30 finalists for further evaluation. Lily Tredway and Emma Just were named as finalists. Next, two panels of experts, one in poetry and the other in prose writing, determined winners in each division. Emma Just was named the 3rd place winner in the poetry division. Both Lily and Emma were celebrated at the Express the Music Award Ceremony at Powell Hall on Saturday, March 23rd. Lily’s composition has been published online at Congratulations to our creative writers!!
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Three Vikings Selected To Attend Missouri Scholars Academy

Three Howell sophomores were selected to attend Missouri Scholars Academy this summer. Natalie Althof, Grace Juan and Ashley Wuennenberg will be representing Francis Howell High School at the 2019 MSA Academy. Founded in 1985, MSA is a highly selective, three-week residential program at the University of Missouri for 330 of Missouri’s most gifted students. MSA provides learning enrichment and personal development opportunities for each scholar. Congratulations to these three young ladies on their achievement!

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Howell DECA Members Compete At State Career Development Conference

Students of the Francis Howell High School Chapter of Missouri DECA: An Association of Marketing Students joined a record number of 2000 high school marketing students at the annual state career development conference held March 24-26, 2019 at Crown Center KC, Missouri.

These 14 students will advance to international level of competition at the International DECA Career Development Conference that will be held April 26-May 1 Orlando, Florida.

Students receiving recognition of individual ability and achievement at the state level were:

Kennadyn Momeno - Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling - 1st

Sierra Hayes & Molly Quick - Hospitality Services Team Decision Making - 2nd

Danielle Lindsey - Start-up Business Plan - 3rd

Mallory Tesreau - Restaurant and Food Service Management - 3rd

Aly Puckett - Retail Merchandising Series - 4th

Ryan Olwig - Automotive Services Marketing - 4th

Anna De Meyer - Quick Serve Restaurant Management - 5th

Burke Hoedebecke & Javier Soto - Business Law & Ethics Team Decision Making - 6th

Keagan Fitzgerald & Alex Stoker - Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making - 6th

Mehak Kooner & Emily Roider - Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making - 6th

DECA competitive events are designed to contribute to the development of competencies needed for careers in marketing, management and merchandising, to motivate students to assume responsibility for self-improvement and self-discipline, to assist students in acquiring a realistic self-concept through individual and group activities and to provide visibility for the educational goals and objectives of marketing education. The individual, team, and chapter projects were judged by 120 professionals from the business community.

Through classroom instruction and DECA activities, our members are learning to become savvier in today’s economy and acquiring knowledge to advance their studies in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

DECA provides an avenue for students to develop essential skills for a successful career and gives them an edge in a competitive job market. DECA’s goal is for students to use these skills as a catalyst for contributing to our economy.

DECA is an international association of high school students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. More than 180,000 students from the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are involved in this organization.

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Track Has Strong Showing At Knight Relays

The Track program traveled to FHN to compete in the Knight Relays. The girls program brought home second while the boys took fourth. Below you can find some of the top results from the meet. Congratulations to our Vikings on a great day!

Knight Relays Recap

Girls Long Jump (R. Jambois, Williams, K. Jambois) took second.

Girls High Jump (Sullivan, Droege, R. Jambois) took first.

The Girls Pole Vaulters (Wansing, L. Figgins, McDonnell) took first.

Girls Shot Put (Miller, Brune, Shuler) took third.

Girls Discus (Miller, Brune, Machado) took third.

Boys Shot Put (Heismeyer, Hauser, Brock) took first.

Boys Discus (Heismeyer, W. Thwing, Brock) took first.

The Girls 4x400m (May, S. Russell, C. Figgins, T. Russell) took first.

The Girls 3x300H (Hamilton, Huber, L. Figgins) took first.

The Co-Ed DMR (Russom, Hollister, Ferreira, Frazier) took third.

Boys 1600m Medley (Elliott, Boushelle, Liddell, J. Thwing) took second.

Girls 1600m Medley (S. Russell, T. Russell, May, Hoppe) took third.

The Boys 4x1600m (Cimmarusti, Panagos, Boushelle, Hollister) took second.

The Girls 4x1600m (C. Figgins, Hoppe, Russom, Ferreira) took second.

The Boys 800m Sprint Medley (Elliott, Liddell, Banton, Bridges) took first.

The Girls 800m Sprint Medley (Johnson, Humphrey, Hamilton, Schultz) took third.

The Girls 4x200m (Schultz, Humphrey, Hamilton, Williams) took third.

The Boys 4x800m (Panagos, Boushelle, Cimmarusti, Bridges) took second.

The Girls 4x800m (May, S. Russell, C. Figgins, T. Russell) took first and ran the 2nd fastest time in the State so far this season!!!

Reider & Yang Named As Top 100 Students In Missouri

Congratulations to Howell senior student-participants Sarah Reider & David Yang, for being named as 2 of the Top 100 Students in Missouri by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. The two Vikings were named Missouri Scholars this past week. Not only do these two Vikings excel in the classroom but they are also highly involved in extra-curricular activities at Howell as well. David Yang is a member of the Boys Swim Team, Scholar Bowl, NHS and Mu Alpha Theta. Sarah Reider is a member of the Girls Track Team, FCCLA, FBLA, Mu Alpha Theta, NHS and Skills USA. Thank you to David and Sarah for representing Howell at the State level in such a positive way!
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Matt Schark Named Third Team All-Metro

On Saturday, junior Matt Schark was named a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Third Team All-Metro Basketball player. Matt averaged over 17 points a game and helped lead the Vikings to their first ever appearance in the Final Four. Matt is just over 100 points from becoming Howell's all-time leading scorer. Congratulations to Matt on being recognized for this great honor.
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Coach Muench Selected As 2019 Graduation Grand Marshal

This past week Coach Muench was voted the 2019 Graduation Grand Marshal by the senior class. Coach Muench is a highly involved member of the Howell staff and truly defines what it means to be a valuable member of the Howell Family. Coach Muench teaches P.E., coaches football, is involved in our student-athlete strength and conditioning, sponsors Blue & Gold and can be seen at boys basketball, girls basketball and baseball games as an event worker. Coach Muench can also be found around Howell volunteering in many capacities to help out other members of the Howell Family and to make the experience of our high school students the best it can be. His efforts make a huge difference in our students lives both inside & out of the classroom, as well as in our programs. Thank you to Coach Muench for being such a valuable member of the Howell Family. All Vikings appreciate all he does for Howell!

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Grantham Named STL Today Athlete Of The Week

Congratulations to Dalton Grantham on being named an STL Today Athlete of the Week! A senior center fielder and pitcher, Grantham is off to a hot start, batting .571 with a .667 slugging percentage and a team-leading eight RBI in seven games. Last week in a 5-4 loss to Summit, he went 2-for-3 with an RBI and then led the Vikings to a 15-4 road win over Hannibal by going 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI. A three-year varsity starter, Grantham earned first-team all-conference, first-team all-district and second-team all-state honors after batting .373 with 17 RBI last season.

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JV Golf Brings Home 3 Top 10 Finishes At Washington Tournament

The Howell Boys Golf program has the largest team in program history and the group is very talented. This past week the golf program sent two teams to the JV tournament in Washington. One team finished 2nd and the other team finished 5th. Congratulations to Carson Nieders who placed 2nd (85), JT Armstrong who finished 3rd, and to Jordan Switzer for finishing 6th. The future looks very bright for the Viking Boys Golf program! We look forward to watching these young men develop as players and representatives of Howell!
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FCCLA Turns In Strong State Performances, Qualifies 5 For Nationals

Howell FCCLA sent 10 to the State competition and have advanced 5 students that will go on to Nationals from June 30-July 4. Congratulations to our ten students that represented Howell at the State level and to those that will represent Howell at the National level. You can find a recap of the State Competition below as well as a list of our National Qualifiers. The Howell Family is proud of these Vikings!

HOSA International Qualifiers

Juniors: Khalisah Habeebullah and Macheala Brock- Advocacy Topic: Diversity

Junior: Kimmie Browne- Illustrated Talk- Topic: Stop the Vape

Seniors: Mackenzie Rash and Emma Sollors- Entrpreneurship Topic: True Boutique and Alterations

Placements from State FCCLA 2019

Juniors: Khalisah Habeebullah and Macheala Brock- Advocacy Topic: Diversity Gold Medal and Advance to Nationals

Junior: Kimmie Browne- Illustrated Talk- Topic: Stop the Vape Gold Medal and Advance to Nationals

Seniors: Mackenzie Rash and Emma Sollors- Entrepreneurship Topic: True Boutique and Alterations Gold Medal and Advance to Nationals

Senior: Lauren Buzzell Fashion Construction- Topic: Prom Dress Gold Medal Placement at State

Seniors: Maddie Taylor and Meghan Donaghue- Life Planning Event Topic: Disney Family Trip Silver Medal at State

Seniors: Lily Ramsay and Sarah Reider - Environmental Ambassador: Green Cleaning Solutions Silver Medal at State

Skillington & Trezek Earn All-American Status

Congratulations to Ryan Skillington and Hayden Trezek! Both Howell Wrestlers are currently wrestling in the NHSCA National Wrestling Tournament in Virginia Beach. Both Vikings reached All-American status on Saturday night with their wins. On Sunday Ryan will wrestle for 3rd in the nation and Hayden will wrestle for 7th in the nation. Congratulations to these two young men for representing Howell and the wrestling program at the national level.

Raven Robotics Earns Top 15 Finish

The FHSD First Robotics team of Raven Robotics competed over spring break at the St. Louis Regional competition and the Central Illinois Regional competition. Francis Howell High School student Kendra Minch and Central High School student Stephen Derenski were nominated for the Dean’s List Award. Those having a good grade point average and showing exceptional leadership are nominated by their peers and mentors for this distinguished award.

The St. Louis competition had the team solving many technical issues with the robot and the team placed in the middle of 48 teams present. The Peoria competition was an international competition with teams from Canada and Turkey competing with the 40 teams present. In Peoria the team was very successful and took third place and was the only team remaining undefeated through 8 matches. Saturday had the team battling several technical difficulties and ended the competition in 14th place out of 40 teams.

Congratulations to Raven Robotics on a great week of competitions.

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JV Baseball Moves To 5-0 On The Season

The JV Baseball Team is off to a strong start to the 2019 season. The Vikings are currently 5-0 and have a loaded team of talented players. The future looks very bright for the baseball program! Congratulations to these young men on a great start to the season and for representing the Howell Family in such a positive way.
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Golf Travels To Birch Creek, Freshman Hoenig Medals

A second group of Varsity Boy's Golfers traveled to Union to compete in their tournament. Our Vikings shot a 353 and finished 3rd at the tournament at Birch Creek. Freshman Quin Hoenig was the low score with an 81 & finished 7th overall in his first high school competition. Congratulations to these Vikings on a great tournament at Birch Creek!
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Howell Summer Camps Are Online, Registration Begins May 1st

Are you interested in Howell Viking summer camps? You can visit to see a complete list of camps available for your current or future Viking. Dates and times for camps can be found online now. Beginning May 1st, you will be able to go online to sign up and pay for all of your camps in one location. The online format helps to streamline the process and allows you to sign up for multiple camps at one time while only filling out your information once!

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New Nike Apparel Has Arrived, 20% While Quantities Last

The Activities Office has received a new shipment of Nike Howell apparel. The new apparel includes t-shirts, shorts, sweatpants, hoodies and polo's! All this week the Activities Department will be offering 20% off the retail price for those wanting to add to their spring wardrobe. You can view pictures of some of the new apparel below. Please drop by the Activities Office to purchase your new Howell merchandise this week!

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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