Joseph Howell, Monona (Patricia Howell)
“Family has always been a big part of my life. My parents have always placed a strong emphasis on doing things together. Family gatherings are central to holidays and celebrations. As a family, we are regularly involved in church. We have also enjoyed traveling and many outdoor activities like backpacking, camping, canoeing, and golfing. Maybe because we were the only guys, my dad and I developed a special friendship. Together, we have shared many special interests, like fly fishing, pheasant hunting, water skiing, and working on our classic Chevy truck.
During my freshman year my life changed dramatically. In February of that year my dad was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He passed away nine months later. The loss of my friend, mentor, and father was devastating. Even though it has been a challenge to stay focused and move ahead, I have stayed involved to the best of my ability in school, sports, work, and the activities I enjoy. I did not, however, do it alone. I had the help of my family, friends, teammates, coaches, and neighbors.”
Soccer, hockey, baseball, golf
Monona swim and dive teams
High school symphony orchestra – 4 years
Jazz band – 2 years
Mission trip to Detroit fixing rundown neighborhoods
Regularly involved in volunteer church activities
Since age 13 has worked as a golf caddy
Has his own snow plowing business
From Guidance Counselor: “I would characterize Joe as one of the highest quality persons I know.”
From hockey coach: “ Joe is a constant threat, a player willing to dig deeply in the corner against odds, emerge with the puck, and then high tail it to the bench for a clean change. Joe has persevered and continues to mature beyond the scope of his peers. He is the complete team player.”
From principal: “Joe has managed to deal with a very difficult situation and keep moving forward with his life. Joe is motivated to overcome obstacles that arise and achieve his goals.