The Viking Insider

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Wrestling Hosts 62 Team Tournament, 500 Wrestlers Compete

On Friday and Saturday Francis Howell High School was host to one of the largest wrestling tournaments in the State. Sixty-two teams and five hundred wrestlers were on campus over the course of the two days to compete in the Kyle Thrasher Invitational. The event which took nearly one hundred workers and volunteers to put on was a huge success and had a record crowd for the two day tournament. Thank you to all of the workers and volunteers that made the event a success. You can view the medalists for our Vikings on both the boys and girls side below. Congratulations to these young men and women for medaling at the Kyle Thrasher Invitational!

Boys Wrestling Medalists

113 lbs - Eric Lovelace (22-2) placed 1st and scored 30.0 team points.

120 lbs - Josh Kyle (27-1) placed 3rd and scored 20.0 team points.

132 lbs - Ben Wright (18-10) placed 6th and scored 11.0 team points.

285 lbs - Ryan Skillington (24-1) placed 1st and scored 30.0 team points.

Girls Wrestling Top 6 Finishers

103 lbs - Kameron Sullivan (9-8) placed 2nd and scored 21.0 team points.

110 lbs - Beta Vondera (5-10) placed 6th and scored 5.0 team points.

116 lbs - Jersey Persons (7-14) placed 6th and scored 3.0 team points.

121 lbs - Olivia Huntsicker (13-12) placed 6th and scored 3.0 team points.

126 lbs - Emily Eberwine (23-5) placed 2nd and scored 22.0 team points.

152 lbs - Danielle Lindsey (20-7) placed 5th and scored 13.0 team points.

235 lbs - Kymbrietta Turner (4-2) placed 5th and scored 11.0 team points.

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Schark Scores 1,000th Point

Congratulations to Howell junior, Matt Schark on scoring his 1,000th point this past week. Matt is among the area leaders in points scored this season and is averaging over 18 points per game. Matt has now joined a very short list of Viking basketball players that have scored 1,000 points in their high school career.
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Student-Participants Excel During First Semester

The benefits of being involved in an activity, club or sport at Francis Howell High School have never been more evident. During first semester the 1,232 students that were involved at Howell in an activity, club or sport outpaced their non-participant peers in the areas of academics, attendance and discipline. Howell continues to work to get students involved and attached in the building through the nearly 60 activities, clubs and sports offered. These opportunities include many district paid and supported activities as well as student formed and staff volunteered opportunities. Thank you to all of our students that continue to get involved outside of the normal school day. A special thank you also goes out to the many coaches and sponsors that help make these opportunities possible for our students.

First Semester Student-Participants By The Numbers:

Total Student Participants: 1,232


Student-Participants - 3.45 GPA

Non-Participants - 2.84


Student-Participants - 96.3%

Non-Participants - 93.4%


Student Participant Infractions - 0.11 per student

Non Participant Infractions- 0.28 per student

Students Involved In Activities, Clubs & Sports Earn High GPA's

The first semester was a very successful one for the 1,232 students that were involved in activities, clubs and sports at Howell. Howell programs set high standards in activity, sport, classroom and in the community. During the first semester students involved in an activity club or sport had a cumulative G.P.A of 3.49. all of our MSHSAA sponsored activities and sports. Our Vikings had success in their respective activities and sports as well as in the classroom. All MSHSAA sponsored activities and sports earned a program GPA of over 3.0. Below you can find our MSHSAA sponsored program GPA's. Congratulations to all of our students involved in an activity, club or sport for their success in the classroom.

MSHSAA Sponsored Program First Semester GPA's

Scholar Bowl - 4.47

Girls XC - 3.92

Girls Swim - 3.88

Speech & Debate - 3.86

Girls Tennis - 3.82

Girls Golf - 3.80

Softball - 3.76

Boys XC - 3.74

Girls Basketball - 3.74

Girls Volleyball - 3.70

Boys Swim - 3.50

Marching Band - 3.49

Choir 3.48

Drumline 3.46

Dance - 3.44

Cheer - 3.43

Boys Basketball - 3.39

Boys Soccer - 3.25

Winterguard - 3.22

Football - 3.16

Girls Wrestling - 3.06

Boys Wrestling - 3.02

GG's & Company Compete At St. Charles

The Golden Girls & Company program traveled to St. Charles High School on Saturday to compete in their competition. The program had another strong showing at both the JV and Varsity level. You can view the results from Saturday below. Next up is UDA Nationals. Good luck to GG's & Co as they compete for a National Championship!


1st Place - Jazz

3rd Place - Hip Hop

Choreography Award - Jazz


1st Place - Hip Hop

3rd Place - Jazz

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Howell Alum Adam Long Earns First Win On PGA Tour

Last Sunday was a historic day for Howell alum Adam Long. Adam, a 2011 grad who is currently on the PGA tour earned his first PGA tour win. Adam became the first Howell alum to win a PGA tour event. For his PGA Tournament championship he earned over $1 million dollars during the four day event. You can view a feature by Frank Cusumano on Adam below. Congratulations to the Howell alum on this major accomplishment.
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Girls Basketball Volunteers With Sharing Meals Program

After a four day stretch that saw the girls basketball program play three games in four days, our Lady Vikings were out giving back in the community on Saturday. This past Saturday they volunteered at the Knights Templar where they worked with the Sharing Meals Program. Thank you to Coach Muench and the GIrls Basketball program for being actively involved in our community and for providing great opportunities for the young women in the program to grow as people.

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Howell Artist Spotlight - Madisyn Johnson

The Viking Insider continues to recognize students across all activities, clubs and sports at Howell. This week we bring you another installment of the "Howell Artist Spotlight." Howell is full of many talented young students and we have several very gifted artists that we highlight over the course of the school year. This week we take a look at the work of Madisyn Johnson and learn more about her theme for her work. You can view many of Madisyn's pieces that are currently on display in the art hallway.

Artist Name: Madisyn Johnson

Grade: 12th Senior

Favorite Howell Art Class: Digital Art and Design

Favorite Medium: My Favorite medium is Photography. I love being behind the camera and having to come up with creative ideas to for each photoshoot.

Sustained Theme: I mainly love doing Portrait Photography. I love getting to work with people to create the art I do.

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Cast Named For Spring Production, Snow Angel

This past week the cast of the spring production, Snow Angel was announced. Congratulations to this very talented cast that entertain the packed crowds this spring. Below you can read a play description as well as a list of the cast members.

When the quiet town of Deerpoint, Vermont is hit by the biggest blizzard in 107 years, a mysterious girl named Eva steps out of a snow bank and into the lives of 15 confused teenagers who are asked to help her in her search. What Eva's searching for -- and who she truly is -- becomes a mystery that baffles, divides, and energizes the teens of Deerpoint. Told through journal entries and interactions among the students over the course of a single snow day, Snow Angel is a funny and eerie tale of teen angst, discovery, and the power of believing.


Eva ……………….…….Carlie Schroeder *

Frida Jensen…………..Isadora Vaccaro

Jill……………...………..Allie Thornton *

Tina-Louise…………….Katelyn Traluch

Helen Spitzer……...…..Camille Lechner

Ethel…………...….…….Mallory Abshear

Betty…………………….Lily Moore

Fran……………………..Courtney Crow

Dan……………………...Tino Bono *

Clifford…………...……..Joey Montgomery

Crank……………………Christopher Mosher

Benny…………………...Judah Johnson

Gus……………………...Alex Hinson

Doofus…………………..Sam Figgins

Vincent…………………..Dylan Enyart *

Arlo……………………… Jamie Saylor

Voice of Radio Guy……..David Yang

Girls Swim Recognizes Seniors

Congratulations to Howell swimmers Mary Todd, Abbie Edgar and Lily Ramsay for representing Howell and the girls swim program over the course of their high school careers. On Tuesday night they were recognized prior to the last home meet of the season for the Lady Vikings. Congratulations and good luck as the season comes to an end!

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Howell Track Alums Compete At Mizzou Open

With over 250 Howell alums in the past four years currently competing at the college level it is always great to see these former Vikings continue to excel and represent Howell at the next level. Last week three Howell Alums Kalescia Thomas, Jackson Foster, and Lexi Comparato all competed at the Mizzou Open. Congratulations to these former Vikings on continuing to compete at the college level and good luck this season!
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Former Howell Swim Coach Recognized As 2017-18 Missouri Swim Coach Of The Year

This past summer former Howell swim coach Anna Jovanovic was named the 2017-18 Missouri High School Girls Swim Coach of the Year. On Tuesday night she was recognized and presented with her Missouri Coach of the Year plaque. The honor is a recognition that is sponsored by the MSHSAA and NFHS. Coach Jovanovic led the Lady Vikings Swim program to their first ever Fianl Four finish in 2017-18. Thank you to Howell alum and former head coach Anna Jovanovic for her dedication to Howell as a swimmer and coach.
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Soon To Be A Star Drama Camp Set For February 2nd

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Freshman Basketball Programs Near End Of Season

The boys and girls freshman basketball teams are winding down their first season in a Viking uniform. The boys program is currently 7-2 while the girls program currently holds a 6-3 record. The two programs will finish the regular season on Monday before competing in the GAC Tournament. Good luck to both programs as they finish the season strong!

Stay Warm With New Nike Howell Apparel

Many Viking fans asked for more winter Nike apparel and we listened! The Activities Department got a new shipment of Howell Nike apparel last week. The new items are selling quickly and there are limited quantities remaining. All new Nike items are being sold at 20% off of the retail price. Please drop by the Activities Office before or after school to purchase these new items while they last!

Howell Alum Named MVP For Coe College Football

Congratulations to Howell alum Colton White on being named the Offensive MVP of the Coe College Football program.
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Howell Earns Award From DESE

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Office of Quality Schools has recognized Francis Howell High School and Henderson Elementary as 2018 Missouri Model Professional Learning Community Schools. To receive this honor, a school must:

• Demonstrate a commitment to PLC concepts.
• Implement those concepts for at least three years.
• Present clear evidence of improved student learning.
• Explain the culture, practices, and structures of the school or district, and submit it for consideration to the PLC Review Committee using our online submission process.
• Update school or district information on the site each year to show your data continues to meet the criteria of the PLC at Work process.

The state PLC school-improvement model focuses on increasing student achievement by building the capacity of school personnel to create and sustain the conditions that promote high levels of student and adult learning

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

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

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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A Legacy of Excellence

252 GAC Championships

156 District Championships

76 Final Four Appearances

28 State Championships