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Wrestling Program Qualifies Seven For State Tournament

The Boys Wrestling program took to the mat on Friday and Saturday at Holt to compete in the District Tournament. Our Vikings were well represented in the finals and qualified five for the State Tournament this coming weekend. Eric Lovelace, Josh Kyle and Cole Litteken all brought home championships at their respective weight classes. Ryan Skillington finished second and Hayden Trezek finished fourth.

Last weekend the Girls Wrestling program competed in their District Tournament and advanced both Emily Eberwine and Dani Lindsey with their runner up finishes. This is the first year that the MSHSAA has offered girls wrestling and Emily and Dani will be the first to represent Howell at the State Tournament this weekend.

Congratulations again to our seven State Qualifiers that will represent Howell at the State Tournament!

Howell Wrestling State Qualifiers

Boys Wrestling

Eric Lovelace (1st)

Josh Kyle (1st)

Hayden Trezek (4th)

Cole Litteken (1st)

Ryan Skillington (2nd)

Girls Wrestling

Emily Eberwine (2nd)

Dani Lindsey (2nd)

Student-Athlete College Signings Reach 27 For Class Of 2019

Over the course of the past four years, Howell programs have had over 250 student-participants move on to compete in their activity or sport at the college level. On Wednesday, the Class of 2019 added several college signings to a list of 27 that will be furthering their education and sport at the college level. Not only has this group excelled in their sport but they have also had success in the classroom. The 27 young men and women that have signed currently hold a cumulative high school GPA of over 3.5. Congratulations to the new #HowellSigned students below!

We hope all Viking students and fans join us on April 17th for our 5th Annual Signing Day Ceremony when we recognize our college bound student-participants. The list will continue to grow and we look forward to celebrating another large group that will carry on the Howell tradition of competing at the college level.

February 6th College Signings

Chase Parker - Lacrosse - Transylvania University - NCAA DIII

Chris Dansberry - Baseball - Lindenwood University - NCAA DII

Danielle Robinson - Lacrosse - Quincy University - NCAA DII

Antwoine Patton - Baseball - Lindenwood University - Belleville - NAIA

Johnathon Coles - Baseball - Drury University - NCAA DII

Jared Cessac - Soccer - Missouri Baptist University - NAIA

Matthew Simmons - Football - Washburn University - NCAA DII

Daniel Fick - Baseball - St. Charles Community College - JUCO

Levi Masloski - Baseball - Greenville University - NCAA DIII

Jonah Bridges - Soccer - Truman State University - NCAA DII

Boys Basketball Clinches 5th Straight Conference Championship & 5th Straight 20 Win Season

Congratulations to the Boys Basketball program on clinching the GAC South Championship with an impressive win over FHN. This is the 9th conference championship of the 2018-19 season for Howell programs. This is the fifth straight year the Vikings have won the conference championship. The win was the 20th of the season and added a fifth straight 20 win season to the programs resume. Over the course of the past five seasons our Boys Basketball program has had an impressive run. Congratulations to the Boys Basketball program and good luck as they prepare for Districts!

The Five Year Boys Basketball Run

Five 20 win seasons Five straight Conference Championships

1 State Sectional Appearance

A record of 107-27 (.798 win %)

Three 1,000 Point Scorers

Over $8,000 Raised In Community

Over 400 Hours Served In Community

7 Organizations Served In Community

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Girls Swim Finishes 3rd At GAC South Meet

The Girls Swim program turned out several strong performances over the course of the two day GAC South Meet at the Rec Plex last week. As a team our Lady Vikings finished 3rd and along the way set many indiviual and relay PR's. Congratulations to the Girls Swim program and to the following swimmers for reaching the finals and finishing in the top eight! The girls swim program will have several competing at the State Meet this coming weekend. We look forward to sharing our State Qualifiers with Viking fans when the information becomes available early this week!

GAC South Finals - Top 8 Finishers

200 Medley Relay: Paige Schulze, Caitlin Mattingly, Abby Ekstrom, Sammi Allen (2nd)

200 Freestyle: Paige Schulze (1st) Mary Todd (8th)

200 IM: Abby Ekstrom (6th) Caitlin Mattingly (8th)

50 Free: Sammi Allen (3rd) Hayden Bissell (7th)

100 Fly: Abby Ekstrom (2nd) Mary Todd (8th)

100 Free: Olivia Eissfeldt (5th)

500 Free: Paige Schulze (4th) Caroline Pillers (8th)

200 Free Relay: Sammi Allen, Ava Jansen, Caitlin Mattingly, Olivia Eissfeldt (2nd)

100 Backstroke: Sammi Allen (2nd) Brooke Jacquin (7th)

100 Breaststroke: Caitlin Mattingly (4th), Ava Jansen (5th) Hayden Bissell (8th)

400 Free Relay: Paige Schulze, Mary Todd, Olivia Eissfeldt, Abby Ekstrom (3rd)

42 DECA Members Advance To State Competition

Students of the Francis Howell High School Chapter of Missouri DECA: An Association of Marketing Students joined over 720 high school marketing students at the annual District career development conference held February 6, 2019 at South County Center.

These 42 students received recognition of individual ability and achievement at the District level and now will compete at the State level:

Ashleigh Haldeman - Apparel And Accessories Marketing Series - 5th

Justin Radle - Accounting Application Individual Series - 5th

Ryan Olwig - Automotive Services Marketing - 1st

Dylan Busken - Business Finance - 5th

Ben Hahs - Business Finance - 3rd

Burke Hoedebecke & Javier Soto - Business Law & Ethics Team Decision Making - 4th

Sierra Bice - Business Services Operation Research - 3rd

Keagan Fitzgerald & Alex Stoker - Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making - 1st

Alexis Betlach & Josie Brakensiek - Independent Business Plan - 2nd

Hamzeh Elhasan & Sam Meyer - Independent Business Plan - 4th

Sam Porten - Entrepreneurship Series - 3rd

Danielle Lindsey & Pavandeep Kaur - Start-up Business Plan - 3rd

Amalia Coleman & Sophia Davis - Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making - 4th

Nia Collins - Food Marketing Series - 6th

John Recca - Hotel and Lodging Management - 5th

Jack Silver - Human Resources Management - 1st

Lakyn Johnson - Human Resources Management - 5th

Sierra Hayes & Molly Quick - Hospitality Services Team Decision Making - 1st

Aidan McDaniel & Drew Scheer - Hospitality Services Team Decision Making - 6th

Savanna Clifton & Olivia Lashley - Hospitality and Tourism Operation Research - 3rd

Kennadyn Momeno - Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling - 2nd

Sam Miller & Annie Rigoni - Integrated Marketing Campaign - 2nd

Estevan Hutchinson - Marketing Communication Series - 3rd

Wil Beron & Kristen Graser - Marketing Management Team Decision Making Event - 3rd

Alyssa Miller - Quick Serve Restaurant Management - 2nd

Anna DeMeyer - Quick Serve Restaurant Management - 3rd

Mallory Tesreau - Restaurant and Food Service Management - 1st

Aly Puckett - Retail Merchandising Series - 1st

Andrew Callaway & Asha Roberts - Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making - 1st

Mehak Kooner & Emily Roider - Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making - 4th

Pavandeep Kaur - Accounting Application Individual Series - 6th

Nino Cipriano - Financial Consulting - 1st

Sierra Bice - Sports and Entertainment Marketing - 3rd

These students will advance to state level competition at the State DECA Career Development Conference that will be held March 24-26 2019 at the Crown Center in Kansas City Missouri.

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.

DECA is the only international organization specifically designed to reinforce the occupational competencies of high school students who wish to pursue a career in marketing, merchandising or management. Over 180,000 students from the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are involved in this organization.

Howell Band Member Losch To March With Blue Stars

Congratulations to Howell band member Anthony Losch who has been contracted to march with DCI's World Class Corps the Blue Starts this summer! The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the Blue Stars were one of the thirteen founding member corps of Drum Corp International (DCI). This is Anthony’s second year with the Blue Stars! Congratulations to Anthony for representing Howell and our band at the national level!

Mandatory Spring Sports Eligibility Parent Meeting Set For February 13th

The spring season sports eligibility parent meeting has been set for February 13th. All students planning on participating in a spring sport must attend this meeting with a parent. Eligibility paperwork turn in will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the high school commons with the meeting portion of the evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. All eligibility paperwork must be complete to be turned in. All students participating in a fall MSHSAA sponsored activity must have this completed prior to the first day on February 25th. It is recommended that all paperwork be turned in at the sports eligibility event on February 13th. To ensure participation on February 25th all fully complete paperwork must be turned in no later than Thursday, February 21st at noon. A link to all eligibility paperwork can be found below.

2018-19 Eligibility Paperwork

Upcoming Spring Impact Testing Dates Released

This past week Impact Testing dates were released for the upcoming spring season. Impact testing is required for baseball, girls lax, girls soccer, boys volleyball, & track (jumpers & pole vault). Freshman and Juniors in those sports need to complete testing prior to the first day of spring sports if they have not completed it previously this year. Students new to Howell must also complete the testing.

Impact Testing for will take place on the following dates. Students must arrive on time so that all participants can begin testing at once. All testing dates and times below take place in Learning Commons.
Impact Testing Dates/Times

1/16 - 1:50pm

1/23 - 1:50pm

1/30 - 1:50pm

2/6 - 1:50pm

2/13 - 4:45pm

C Team Basketball Programs Finish Successful Seasons

The Boys and Girls C Team Basketball programs finished their season last week on a winning note. Both programs took third place in the GAC Tournament and finished the season 9-4. Thank you to our coaches, managers, players and parents for a great season!

Howell Alum Harper Named Culver Stockton Student-Athlete Of The Month

Congratulations to Howell alum Carly Harper on being named a Culver Stockton "Student-Athlete of the Month." Carly was named the Primo's Pizza and Subs Student Athlete of the Month for January.

Harper, a 5-foot-8 junior from Foristell, Mo. (Francis Howell HS), is a three-year starter for the women's basketball team. She has twice been named to the Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference team as an honorable mention selection. This season, Harper has played in 23 games, averaging 8.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, two assists and 1.3 steals per game.

In her career, Harper has started 80 of the 82 games she has appeared in. She has scored 752 career points (9.2 ppg), grabbed 445 rebounds (5.4 rpg) and dished out 182 assists (1.7 apg). In addition, she had drained 104 career 3-pointers, which ranks ninth on the school's all-time list. (

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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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252 GAC Championships

156 District Championships

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