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Thanksgiving Message From Activities Director Sean Erwin
Dear Viking Fans:
As we get close to Thanksgiving day and spending time with family and friends, I wanted to reach out to all members of our Howell family and wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving.
The Howell Activities Department certainly has many things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving holiday. As always, we’re thankful for the support of students, staff, parents, and our community. Wearing the blue and gold and representing Howell in the classroom, in our community, and in activity/club/sport is a responsibility that our student-participants take seriously. We are thankful for the young men and women we have the pleasure of working with each day that represent Howell, FHSD, and the community so well.
We are thankful for our success so far this fall. This fall our student-participants held a 3.41 cumulative GPA in the classroom while 119 fall student-athletes earned academic all-conference honors. In the community our fall programs raised $20,081 for charities and volunteered 1,057 hours in our community. Our fall programs also saw great success in their activities where we won 5 GAC South Championships, 2 District Championships, and earned 2 Final Four Appearances. In our activities and sports our students have been recognized with 53 all-conference, 13 all-district, 6 all-region, and 7 all-state team members so far. As post-season awards continue to come in we look forward to our student-participants continuing to be recognized.
As we reflect on what we are thankful for this holiday, it is important that we do not lose sight of who we are, what we represent, and where we are trying to go as an Activities Department and family. The success of our programs would not be possible without the support of students, parents, staff, passionate fans and community members. The “Nobody Rides This Ship, We All Row” motto has inspired a high level of support and we hope to continue to build on this support into 2018. I’m confident that we will continue to improve our programs as we head into the new year.
Finally, as I get ready for Thanksgiving Day I am thankful for being the Activities Director at Howell and for being able to work alongside such a great group of students, parents, staff, and community members that have come together to make the experiences and outcomes for our student-participants the best they can be.
Sean Erwin Ed.S., CAA
Viking Leadership Academy Brings Dr. Brandon Orr To Howell
Dr. Orr brought his message of "be uncommon" to students in VLA. The emphasis of his presentation was to be a leader not just for yourself but also by "bringing others along with you." Students were asked to think about who benefits from their leadership and how they could make others around them great. Dr. Orr's visit to Howell is the first of several speakers that will visit the Viking Leadership Academy during the 2017-18 school year. The Viking Leadership Academy (VLA) meets twice monthly during Howell Time and focuses on a curriculum based leadership development program that aims to make Howell an even better place for all students and to develop lifelong leadership skills that will resonate beyond high school.
Jazz Band Concert Is A Hit
THe Howell Jazz Band hosted their "Night of Jazz" on Wednesday night to a large crowd in the theater. The talented musicians treated the audience with a wide range of jazz favorites throughout the evening. You can view several of the performances by clicking the links below. Our Jazz Band is another great opportunity for students to get involved at Howell and to contribute to our building. Congratulations to Mr. Miller and our Jazz Band on their performances and efforts to represent Howell in such a positive way.
STUCO Collects 3,100 Cans For Oasis Food Pantry
Howell Students Compete In FHSD Iron Chef Challenge
Reagan Cathcart To Do Outreach In Ghana
Howell sophomore swimmer Reagan Cathcart is not only having success in the classroom and the pool, she is also focused on doing great things for others. During the fall Reagan collected soccer equipment that she will soon deliver to Ghana when she is part of a mission trip over the winter break. You can learn more about this great opportunity and Reagan's outreach by clicking on the link below where you will find an article and video from KMOX. Congratulations to Reagan for her work and good luck in Ghana!
Staff Spotlight - Jessie Altman & Katie Bange
Name: Jessie Altman
Activity Sponsored: Student Council
Years Sponsoring At Howell: 10 years.
Why do you choose to be a sponsor? I wanted to work with students outside of the classroom setting and to get involved in other aspects of the school.
What do you enjoy most about Howell? I feel that Howell is really a family. We have awesome students, staff, and parents who all work hard to make Howell a great place to be.
In my spare time I like to …... hang out with my three kids and binge Netflix shows!
Name: Katie Bange
Activity Sponsored: Student Council
Years Sponsoring At Howell: On year 11
Why do you choose to be a sponsor? It allows me to play a more active role in the school environment outside of the classroom. I really enjoy getting to work with students to plan school and community events.
What do you enjoy most about Howell? The sense of community beyond the classroom in order to support and help each other.
In my spare time I like to …... spend time with my kids (Cole - 11, Luke - 8, and Ella - 4), my husband, take my kids to sports practices, volunteer on PTO and keep up with my favorite soap operas.
114 Fall Students Earn Academic All-Conference Honors
This fall the Howell family had 114 fall student-athletes receive academic all-conference honors. Below you can find these students that not only had success in their sport but also in the classroom. Congratulations to our fall academic all-conference students!
Softball - Haley Akihiro, Whitney Boshert, Mariah Davis, Sophie Davis, Emily Eberwine, Neely Edwards, Logan Goulet, Marissa Guenther, Olivia Hetzel, Danielle Lindsay, Kate Norton, Emilee Rooney, Lexi Wallner, Khia Williams, Allie Wilson.
Girls Golf - Alexis Betlach, Sierra Bice, Josie Brakensiek, Olivia Brock, Colleen Faucher
Jessica Fisher, Sarah Hicks, Hannah Inchiostro, Stephanie Johnson, Natalie Jostes, Tatum Kaup, Lily McKnight, Sammie Markus, Alison Moore, Sydney Rogers, Elisabeta Vondera, Savanna Wood.
Girls Tennis - Kennidy Shirey, Elise Van Matre, Becca Zile, Lily Hudanick, Macy Keim, Audrey McDonnell.
Girls Volleyball - Alexa Brugere, Makenzie Thoman, Elise Diesfeld, Gail Nichols, Lauren Holsclaw, Abbey Witter, Sophie Witter, Kenzie Templeton, Grace Bayer.
Cross Country - Erin Gilbert, Maggie May, Ally Hoppe, Lexi Comparato, Lily Boushelle, Lizzy Payne, Chloe Figgins, Taylor Russell,, Anthony Giacalone, Austin Joyce, Sam Porten, Deivy Hermanas, Jackson Foster, Blake Panagos.
Boys Soccer - Caden Castello, Will Clayton, Eric Radle, Jake Totty, Jonah Bridges, Dylan Busken, Jared Cessac, Bryce Clemons, Brady Ehrlich, Brady Glon, Nate Gonzales, Nick Maurer, Tommy Naumann, Ryan Olwig, Matt Peters, Javi Soto, Will Thwing, Spencer Ayers
Burke Hoedebecke, Drew Schenk, Tony Sesti.
Football - Joe Faron, Ian Flickinger, Jack Flynn, Nate Ford, Zack French, Andrew Funk, Drake Heismeyer, Matt Hemmersmeier, Chuck Howard, Brett Hulen, Shane Jackson, August Kohrs, Jonny Krone, Jason Lay, Jonah Libbert, Cameron Miles, Aidan Montgomery, Chris Myers, Nate O'donohue, John Recca, Bailey Ryan, Gabe Schneider, Kyle Siebenshuh, Jack Siller, Matthew Simmons, Brock Steingraeber, Alex Stoker, Jake Thomas, Jake Totty, Reece Turnbough, Brandon Ulm, Josh Unland.
Fall Sports Programs Win Five of Nine GAC Championships
Congratulations to our fall sports programs for another successful season. Our programs won five of nine GAC Championships during the fall and brought home two District Championships and two Final Four appearances. You can view a brief recap of the fall season below.
Cross Country (Girls) - GAC 1st Place
Cross Country (Boys) - GAC 2nd Place
Football - (6-4) GAC 2nd Place
Girls Golf - (9-0) GAC 1st Place - 2nd Place Districts
Girls Tennis (11- 1) GAC 1st Place
Soccer - (22-5-1) GAC 1st Place - District Champions - State Quarterfinalists
Softball - (24-11) GAC 2nd Place - District Champions - Final Four (4th)
Girls Volleyball - (27-6-1) GAC 1st Place - 2nd Place Districts
Boys Swimming - (10-3) GAC 4th Place - State Finish - 26th
Cheer - Final Four (3rd)
Fall Sports Combined Record: 109-30-2 (.786 Win %)
Band Has Successful Fall Marching Season
Fall Students Recognized By GAC For Sportsmanship
This fall the GAC recognized eight students in their respective sports for their sportsmanship and leadership. Congratulations to the following student-athletes for representing Howell in such a positive way and by truly living the Howell R.I.S.E. core values of respect, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence.
Emilee Rooney - Softball
Jessica Fisher - Girls Golf
Elise Diesfeld - Volleyball
Dylan Kossl - Cross Country
Maggie May - Cross Country
Dylan Busken - Boys Soccer
Brett Hulen - Football
Quinton Thuet - Swimming
53 Fall Student-Athletes Earn All-Conference Honors; Castello Named Player Of The Year
This fall the Vikings had 53 earn all-conference honors including Caden Castello being named the GAC Soccer Player of the Year. Congratulations to the following student-athletes that earned all-conference recognition.
Softball - Whitney Boshert (1st), Lexi Wallner (1st), Haley Akihiro (2nd), Sophie, Davis (2nd)
Girls Golf - Sydney Rogers (1st), Kylee Hormuth (1st), Sammie Markus (1st), Jessica Fisher (2nd), Alison Moore (2nd).
Girls Tennis - Audrey McDonnell (1st), Kennidy Shirey (1st), Elise Van Matre (1st), Becca Zile (1st), Macy Keim (1st), Lily Hudanick (1st), Alex Mayse (1st), Ashley McCarter (1st).
Rylee Jambois (1st), Caitlin May (1st), Annie Sudhakaran (Honorable Mention), Paige Pinzke (Honorable Mention)
Girls Volleyball - Makenzie Thoman (1st), Alexa Brugere (1st), Taylor Litteken (1st).
Cross Country - Austin Joyce (1st), Nolan Riley (2nd), Anthony Giacalone (2nd), Sam Porten (2nd), Lexi Comparato (2nd), Chloe Figgins (2nd), Ally Hoppe (2nd), Lizzy Payne (2nd), Maggie May (2nd).
Boys Soccer - Caden Castello (Player of the Year), Will Clayton (1st)
Tommy Naumann (1st), Eric Radle (1st), Jake Totty (1st), Jonah Bridges (2nd), Matt Peters (2nd), Ryan Olwig (2nd).
Football - Gideon Niboh (1st), Nathan O'Donohue (1st), Jake Totty (1st), Josh Unland (1st), Jack Flynn (1st), Dylan Fridrich (1st), Max Hefner (1st), Jake Thomas (1st), Jonny Krone (2nd), Andrew, Funk (2nd), John Recca (2nd), Justin King (2nd).
13 Vikings Voted To All-District Team
This fall the Vikings saw 13 student-athletes earn All-District honors. Below are our All-District team members. Congratulations to these Vikings!
Whitney Boshert - Softball - 1st
Lexi Wallner - Softball - 1st
Haley Akihiro - Softball - 1st
Sophie Davis -Softball - 2nd
Olivia Hetzel - Softball - 2nd
Taylor Litteken - Volleyball -1st
Makenzie Thoman -Volleyball - 1st
Sophie Witter - Volleyball - 2nd
Alexa Brugere - Volleyball - 2nd
Gail Nichols - Volleyball - 2nd
Jessica Fisher - Girls Golf - 2nd
Kylee Hormuth - Girls Golf - 2nd
Sydney Rogers - Girls Golf - 2nd
6 Fall Student-Athletes Named To All-Region Teams; Enright Named Coach Of The Year
This fall the Vikings had six student-athletes recognized with All-Region honors. In addition to our student-athletes, head boys soccer coach Mike Enright was recognized as the Region Coach of the Year. Congratulations to our All-Region team members!
Whitney Boschert - Softball - 1st
Lexie Wallner - Softball - 1st
Haley Akihiro - Softball - 2nd
Jake Totty - Soccer - 1st - Offensive Player of the Year
Caden Castello - Soccer - 1st - Defensive Player of the Year
Tommy Naumann - Soccer - 1st
Mike Enright - Soccer - Coach of the Year
Vikings Currently Have 7 Named To All-State Teams; Castello Named State Player of the Year
With the State teams across several fall sports not being released yet, the Howell Vikings have placed four members on All-State teams during the fall season. Congratulations to these four student-athletes that have competed at a high level and received recognition at the State level!
Whitney Boschert - Softball - 2nd Team
Jake Totty - Soccer - 1st Team
Caden Castello - Soccer - 1st Team & Co-Defensive Player of the Year
Tommy Naumann - Soccer - 2nd Team
Paige Hultman - Cheer
Sydney McGhee - Cheer
Kylie Clay - Cheer
18 Vikings Qualify For State During The Fall
This fall Howell had eighteen student-participants individually qualify for State across five activities. Below you can find these young men and women that represented Francis Howell at the State level. Congratulations to all!
Clare Raftery - Band
Addie Struckman - Choir
Allison Schulz - Choir
Grace Kuiper - Choir
Erin Gilbert - Cross Country
Jessica Fisher - Girls Golf
Kylee Hormuth - Girls Golf
Josh Smith - Boy's Diving
Aidan Denny - Boy's Swim
Andrew Doan - Boy's Swim
Caleb Clark - Boy's Swim
Cole Guffey - Boy's Swim
David Yang - Boy's Swim
Grant Reilmann - Boy's Swim
Kaden Patterson - Boy's Swim
Quinton Thuet - Boy's Swim
Sam Thompson - Boy's Swim
Samer Doumit - Boy's Swim
Boys Basketball Volunteers For Oasis Food Pantry
Howelltonian Earns Hall of Fame Honors
Long Sleeve Tee's For Sale In Activities Office
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