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Skillington Wins State Championship, Wrestling Finishes In Top 10 For 5th Straight Year

It was a great weekend of wrestling for the boys and girls wrestling programs at the MSHSAA State Championships held on the campus of the University of Missouri. After qualifying a total of seven for the State Tournament, the Vikings medaled four including a State Championship from junior Ryan Skillington. Ryan became the first Howell heavyweight in the history of the program to win a State Championship. The Howell Wrestling program has now had four straight years of having a State Champion and six straight years of having a wrestler in the Finals. The boys program finished 8th as a team for their fifth straight "Top 10" State finish.

The girls program also made history as senior Emily Eberwine became the first Howell and FHSD wrestler to medal at State. Emily took 4th and medaled in her first year of wrestling. The girls program was represented at State by Emily Eberwine and Dani Lindsey. These two Lady Viking Wrestlers also became the first Howell and FHSD girls wrestlers to qualify for State. It was a season of many firsts for the girls program. Viking fans look forward to continued success from the program.

You can view the results from the State Championships below. Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Wrestling programs on a great season!

Howell Wrestling State Medalists

Boys Wrestling

Ryan Skillington (STATE CHAMPION)

Eric Lovelace (3rd Place State Finish)

Josh Kyle (5th Place State Finish)

Girls Wrestling

Emily Eberwine (4th Place State Finish) - First female wrestler in Howell & FHSD history to medal)

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Girls Swim Finishes Season At State Meet

The Girls Swim program finished their season on Thursday as they competed in the MSHSAA State Championships. Our Lady Vikings qualified for the pre-lims in five events. You can view our State competitors and their events below. Congratulations to the Girls Swim program on a great season!

Girls Swimming State Events

200 Medley Relay: Ava Jansen, Abby Ekstrom, Sammi Allen, Caitlin Mattingly

200 Free Relay: Sammi Allen, Olivia Eissfeldt, Ava Jansen, Paige Schulze

100 Yard Fly: Abby Ekstrom

100 Backstroke: Sammi Allen

400 Free Relay: Olivia Eissfeldt, Abby Ekstrom, Ava Jansen, Paige Schulze

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JV Girls Basketball Win Marquette Tournament

Congratulations to the JV Girls Basketball program on winning the Marquette Tournament. The Lady Vikings had three dominant wins to bring home the championship. The JV team has won 11 of their last 14 games. Good luck to the JV program as the finish up their season this week with games on Monday and Thursday.
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Boys Basketball Moves To 22-2 On The Season; Earn #1 Seed In Districts

The Howell Boys Basketball program earned a convincing win over FZW on Wednesday night to move to 22-2 on the season. You can view the highlights below from the game. The Vikings have already secured their fifth straight GAC South Conference Championship and on Saturday earned the #1 seed in the District Tournament. Good luck to our Vikings as they prepare to make a strong post-season run!

Drumline Hosts WGI Event At Howell

One of the hardest working programs in our building is without a doubt the Winter Drumline program. The young men and women within the program spend long hours at night and on the weekend preparing for winter and spring competitions. These competitions allow our Vikings to represent Howell at the local and national level. This weekend the Drumline program hosted a WGI Regional event on campus. Schools from acrosss the midwest came to Howell to compete. The event is hosted as a fundraiser for the program.

You can view a performance from Saturday of our very talented Drumline members below. Thank you to our Drumline members, staff, parents and volunteers for making the WGI Regional possible and thank you for representing Howell with pride!

Five Student-Participants Named National Merit Finalists

Five Francis Howell High School student-participants have been named finalists for the 64th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The five students were among 16,000 high school seniors across the country who earned a designation as National Merit Semifinalists last September. The following five Vikings have advanced to the Finals and will be considered for 1 of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships this coming March. The scholarships total nearly $31 million. Congratulations and good luck to the following student-participants:

2019 National Merit Finalists

Tarun Jeevan - Boys Tennis, NHS

Anna Johannesman - HOSA, FBLA, NHS

Sarah Ortbal - Cross Country, NHS. FBLA, Viking Edge

Michael Spencer - Scholar Bowl, Robotics, NHS, Skills USA

David Yang - Boys Swimming, Scholar Bowl, NHS, Mu Alpha Theta

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Daab Earns UMKC Trustees Scholars Award

Congratulations to Howell senior and girls basketball player Izzy Daab for earning the UMKC Trustees' Scholars Award. This award is a full-ride scholarship for four years at UMKC. Only seven of over 160 plus students that were eligibile for the honor earned the award! Congratulations to Izzy on a great accomplishment!
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Desert Classic Donates Pin Flag Recognizing Howell Alum Adam Long

This past week the Howell Activities Department received a gift from the Desert Classic golf tournament. Officials sent Howell an autographed pin flag from the tournament which Howell alum Adam Long won several weeks ago. The win was Adam's first on the PGA Tour and the first ever PGA Tour win for a Howell alum. The flag will be displayed proudly in a new area currently being developed to recognize those at Howell that have reached the highest level of their professional sport.
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425 Families Turn Out For Spring Meet The Coaches

On Wednesday night nearly 425 families attended the Spring Meet the Coaches meeting. Students turned in eligibility paperwork, heard a presentation from Howell Activities Director Sean Erwin and had individual breakout sessions with their spring sport coaches. If you were unable to attend the meeting or did not turn in all eligiblity paperwork, please remember that in order to ensure participation on the first day of spring sports on February 25th you must have all eligibility paperwork completed with signatures and turned into the Activities Office by Thursday, February 21st.
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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

February 19th - 3pm - Learning Commons

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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