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Francis Howell  athletics and activities have the unique ability to positively impact students, parents, families, staff, and the community.  The vision, goals, and efforts of our coaches and sponsors are meant to impact Francis Howell High School, it’s families, staff, and the community forever

The Viking Leadership Academy (VLA) has been established to help to make students a better person, better teammate, and better participant in their activity or sport.  There is a direct correlation between performance and leadership skills. We want our students at Francis Howell to develop leadership skills so that they can contribute more to their team, school, and community.

  • VLA meets twice a month before school. All students involved in an activity, club, or sport are encouraged to attend
  • A curriculum that is theme based is used to help develop leadership skills and traits that will help students to be successful in their activity or sport as well as in life.
  • All programs at Howell participate in at least 1 community service outreach program. In addition to the community service programs since the 2014-15 school year over $130,000 was raised by Howell programs for local charities.The Francis Howell High School Activities Department believes that all Howell programs should promote high achievement in all activities, in the classroom, and in the community.  Preparing our student-participants is our top priority and being involved in a Howell activity enhances the overall high school experience of students and staff alike. We recognize our role in developing successful students who represent our programs, Francis Howell High School, the community, and their families in a positive way.

Francis Howell has developed a set of core values that are stressed in all programs and that are a focus of the Viking Leadership Academy.  The core values of respect, integrity, sportsmanship, and excellence are vital in the development of the young men and women in the Howell programs.

Respect - Student-participants, staff, parents and Viking fans respect and value others.

Integrity - Student-participants, staff, parents, and Viking fans demonstrate their integrity by being honest and trustworthy in their actions. The preparation of our students to become leaders, good citizens and contributors to the community is a commitment by all involved in Howell activities.

Sportsmanship - Student-participants, staff, parents and Viking fans practice the ideals of sportsmanship and are leaders within the framework of a competitive environment.

Excellence - Student-participants, staff, parents and Viking fans are in pursuit of excellence in sport, activity, in the classroom and in our community.  Our focus on excellence remains constant as we strive to create positive and successful experiences for all involved.

What does our Howell staff have to say about leadership development and it's importance in Howell programs?

“Francis Howell  activities and athletics have the unique ability to positively impact students, parents, families, staff, and the community.  The vision, goals, and efforts of our coaches and sponsors are meant to impact Francis Howell High School, it’s families, staff, and the community forever.”  The continued efforts to help develop leaders and young men and women that embody our R.I.S.E. core values is at the forefront of what we are focusing on in our programs.”  Activities Director Sean Erwin

“We really want our players to be more than just football players. We work hard to use the R.I.S.E. core values to help them grow as leaders and community members.  It’s important that their experience in our program helps them become great football players and great men.” - Former Head Football Coach Cory Snyder

“The Viking Leadership Academy is encouraging great character to promote and develop overall strong leaders” - Assistant Girls Soccer Coach Janet Muehling

“It is truly impressive to see the coaches and sponsors in our programs working to not only have success on the field or court but also to develop young men and women that will be successful in life after high school. The efforts of our staff to coach the entire student has set a strong foundation for our programs and building.” Activities Director Sean Erwin

“It is important to develop future leaders that can influence positive change both in and out of their activity or sport.  The leadership development provided will help to influence our programs, school and community.” Head Cross Country and Head Boys Tennis Coach Tracy Carlson