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Happy Thanksgiving From The Howell Activities Department
Dear Viking Family:
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday and prepare to spend time with family and friends, I wanted to send a quick message to our Howell family and wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.
The Howell Activities Department has many things to be grateful for this holiday season. We are more than thankful for the support that our programs receive. 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.
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 Howell family. While having success in our programs is a high priority, learning life lessons and developing leadership capacity is of utmost importance. We strongly believe that participation in Howell activities and sports will provide opportunities for the young men and women in our programs to grow and mature while providing valuable skills that will help them be successful in life. Teamwork, servant leadership, commitment, discipline, time management, sacrifice, sportsmanship, pursuit of excellence and hard work are just a few of the lessons and traits that can be acquired from involvement in our programs. Building young men and women of character and preparing them for life is the ultimate goal of our programs. Through this development comes the success we have within our activities and sports that have been recognized at the State and National level this year.
We are very thankful for our on field and in program success. During 2018 the Howell Activities Department was recognized as the #2 public school sports program in the State and #7 sports program in the State among all high schools. Additionally, our Activities Department earned its highest national ranking of #343 out of over 25,000 high school activities departments in the country. This fall our programs set a school and GAC record by winning eight of a possible nine conference championships. Our fall programs also won four district championships and made two State Quarterfinal appearances. Three programs earned state finishes and a school record 31 student-athletes were State Qualifiers this fall. Our programs also experienced great success in the classroom during the first quarter where participants had a grade of “C” or higher in nearly 98% of all classes enrolled in. Our programs were also actively involved in our community serving over 15 different organizations. As fall postseason awards continue to come in we look forward to our student-participants continuing to be recognized for their efforts.
The success of our programs would not be possible without the support of students, parents, staff, passionate fans and community members. The “R.I.S.E. As One” motto has inspired a high level of leadership and support within our programs and we hope to continue to build on this support into 2019. I’m confident that we will continue to improve and grow our programs as we head into the new year.
Finally, as I get ready for Thanksgiving Day I am more than 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. It’s truly a great time to be a Viking and I am thankful for each of you that play a part in making everything we do possible. I hope each of you have a very enjoyable Thanksgiving with family and friends.
Sean Erwin Ed.S., CAA
17 Student-Athletes Sign During Early Signing Day
Over the course of the past four years Howell has sent over 235 students on to further their education and activity or sport at the college level. On Wednesday, seventeen student-athletes in the class of 2019 signed during the early signing period to further their education and sport at the college level. The seventeen student-athletes signing on Wednesday marked the most in the State. Congratulations to the following young men and women and their families for this great accomplishment. We are proud to have each of these Vikings representing Howell at the college level.
Class of 2019 Early Signing Day Signee's
Brandon Ulm - Baseball - St. Louis Community College - JUCO
Evan Howse - Baseball - University of Central Missouri - NCAA DII
Daniel Fick - Baseball - St. Charles Community College - JUCO
Chloe Figgins - Cross Country/Track - University of Memphis - NCAA DI
Matt Peters - Soccer - Missouri Baptist University - NAIA
Natalie Jackson - Soccer - Southeast Missouri State University - NCAA DI
Patrick Schulte - Soccer - St. Louis University - NCAA DI
Tommy Naumann - Soccer - University of Missouri - St. Louis - NCAA DII
Brady Glon - Soccer - University of Missouri - St. Louis - NCAA DII
Devin Griffith - Soccer - William Jewell College - NCAA DII
Lexie Porchia - Soccer - Quincy University - NCAA DII
Kristen Graser - Soccer - Columbia College - NAIA
Emily Eberwine - Softball - Truman State University - NCAA DII
Callie Unrein - Softball - Truman State University - NCAA DII
Kennidy Shirey - Tennis - Truman State University - NCAA DII
Lauren Holsclaw - Volleyball - St. Louis Community College - JUCO
Gail Nichols - Volleyball - Drury University - NCAA DII
Singers Choice "Decades & Desserts" Takes Audience Back In Time
54 Howell Students Attend Youth & Government State Conference
The Howell Youth and Government spent three days in Jefferson City for the Lewis State Conference. The Francis Howell Delegation consisted of 54 students out of 600 students attending the conference. The following students served in leadership roles at the 2018 conference:
- Allison Boczkiewicz, Emily Scott and Riley Weber served as Committee Chairperson in the House.
- Emily Scott served as secretary in the House.
- Isabella Reed served as the Floor Leader of the Senate.
- Rebecca Amos served as 1 of 3 Media Directors at the conference.
- Taylor Flemons and Gwyn Worobec were chosen to lead as judges in the judicial branch.
The remainder of the Howell students served in the legislature by presenting and defending their bills, as well as supporting or arguing against other delegations. Several students also served as lawyers in the judicial branch where the students argued an appellate court case while others served in the media corps as reporters on events at the conference
Five Howell Students ran for the Executive Branch for next year’s conference. Congratulations to the following:
- Ali Schultz was elected the Speaker of the House. Ali also received Outstanding Statesperson in the House.
- Rebecca Amos will again serve as Media Director
- Riley Weber and Emily Scott received Outstanding Bill in the House
- Isabella Reed received Outstanding Bill in the Senate.
Grace Juan Selected To Attend Hugh O'Brien Leadership Conference
Grace Juan has been selected to attend the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference during the summer of 2019. This program provides the opportunity to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning, and motivation-building experiences. Student will be empowered to make a positive difference through effective and compassionate leadership. Grace is a member of the Girls Tennis Team and also involved in Youth and Government. Congratulations Grace on your selection!
Boys Basketball Volunteers At O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry
Students, Staff & Parents Encouraged To Take Part In #VikingThanks
November is finally here! Even though Thanksgiving is not until the end of the month we would like to fill the entire month full of #VIKINGTHANKS at Howell. Over the course of the next 30 days we invite everyone in our Howell community to take the time to thank at least one person each day that makes Howell such a great place to be. It can be a student, staff member, parent, volunteer, community member or business. We would love to see and share these #VIKINGTHANKS through social media as well. On Twitter you can use #VIKINGTHANKS each day to share the many people you are thankful for. Each day the @FHVikings Twitter account will also be posting a video from one of our Student Leadership Council members thanking someone in our Howell family. We encourage others to create a short video or take a selfie with those in our Howell family that you are thankful for and share it using #VIKINGTHANKS. Each Friday during the month of November we will draw a winner from Twitter that has used the #VIKINGTHANKS hashtag. We hope you will join us and encourage others during the month of November to thank and recognize the many great people who make Howell a great place to be!
Fall Recap Coming November 26th
English Department To Offer Holocaust Survivor Speaker To Benefit Holocaust Museum
The English department has invited Rachel Miller, a Holocaust Survivor, to share her story with the Howell community. This event will take place on Tuesday, December 4 in the Howell Auditorium at 3:30 with a Q and A session afterwards. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time from English II teachers; the price is $2 for students and $5 for adults. All proceeds will be donated to the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center.
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