Twenty years ago, Francis Howell Central (FHC) opened its doors and welcomed students to an exciting future. This year, the school is celebrating the “The Twentieth Year of Howell Central.” FHC is having events to commemorate this milestone, and the students who have accomplished so many extraordinary things, at Howell Central.
The school has a history of celebrating student achievements. FHC Activities Director Scott Harris says, “We have established a very strong academic and athletic tradition in a relativity short period of time, and we always enjoy celebrating that history by recognizing those who worked so hard and had so much success; and we like our current students to see our history up close. These have all fostered a great sense of pride for our school and community.”
On Friday, Jan. 6, the school brought back nine former basketball players to honor them as part of the “1,000 Point Club.” To be a part of this elite club, players must score 1,000 career points as members of FHC’s basketball program. These former students were recognized when they achieved this goal as players, but this is the first time they have been brought back and celebrated as a group.
Basketballs commemorating each member are housed in the trophy case in the Activities Hallway, which match the ones given to them to keep as a reminder of their triumph. Harris also said they plan to celebrate their previous State Champion Wrestling Teams, State Champions Individual Wrestlers, the 2012 Boys Volleyball State Champions (on the 5-year anniversary of their win), and their basketball teams that had reached the Final Four in their respective State Championship Tournaments.
The members of the 1,000 Point Club include:
- Ryan Howard (Class of 2013) - Ryan played varsity basketball from 2009-2013, scoring 1,032 career points (5th All-Time).
- Ben Cherven, ( 2001) -Ben played varsity basketball from 1997-2001, scoring 1,043 career points (tied for 3rd All-Time). Ben was the first FHC player, male or female, to score 1,000 career points.
- Lyndsie Winters, (2003). Lyndsie played varsity basketball from 2000-2003, scoring 1,043 career points (4th All-Time). Lyndsie was the first female player in FHC History to score 1,000 career points.
- Brian Midden, (2010).Brian played varsity basketball from 2008-2010, scoring 1,043 career points (tied for 3rd All-Time).
- Derrick Puni, (2013). Derrick played varsity basketball from 2010-2013, scoring 1,152 career points (2nd All-Time). Puni joins Ryan Howard in giving the FHC Class of 2013 two members of this prestigious club.
- Mike Parson, (2005). Mike played varsity basketball from 2002-2005, scoring 1,192 career points (1st All-Time). Mike was inducted into the Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
- Emma Raup, (2016). Emma played varsity basketball from 2012-2016, scoring 1,422 career points (3rd All-Time). Emma is the newest member of this prestigious club, graduating only last May. Sharese “Winkie” Jones, (2012). Sharese played varsity basketball from 2008-2012, scoring 1,910 career points (2nd All-Time). Sharese was inducted into the Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame last month as a member of the Class of 2017.
- Shakara “Shak” Jones (2007).Shakara played Varsity Basketball from 2003-2007, scoring a staggering 2,439 career points (1st All-Time). Shakara is the leading female scorer in the history of the Gateway Athletic Conference and St. Charles County!! Sharese was inducted in the Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.