High School Counselor

Stephanie Merickel
Mrs. Merickel’s Summer Hours
Wednesday May 22-Friday May 24  8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Tuesday June 4 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Wednesday June 5 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Thursday June 6 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday June 7 7:00-9:00 AM & 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Tuesday June 18 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday July 8 & Tuesday July 9 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday July 29-Friday August 2 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM 
Monday August 5-Wednesday August 7 8:00 AM -3:00 PM 
Thursday August 8 (Fee Pay Day) 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday August 9 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Upcoming Events

Annual Mandatory College Credit Plus Meeting

If you missed the required CCP Meeting, please stop by Mrs. Merickel’s office to discuss your options and obtain the required documents.

Saturday ACT Testing

The ACT is being offered to any high school student who would like to take/re-take the test.  Ensure you are meeting your college’s deadline to submit scores.  Register online at act.org.  If you need a fee waiver for the ACT, you can get one by stopping by the office.

Each year in February or March the ACT is offered free of charge to all Houston Juniors.  More details are available annually for those students as the date approaches.

ACT Prep Workshops

A pair of Ft. Loramie teachers who have been offering this class for many years.  They have workshops available at various times throughout the year. Consult their website here for more information.


Graduation Requirements

Please find graduation requirements here.

The classes of 2023 and on will utilize the Graduation Audit and Career Planning Sheet to track all graduation requirements.  Part of that is earning two graduation seals.  Electronic versions of each document are below.

Graduation Audit and Career Planning Sheet

Houston High School Graduation Seals 

You can find more information on at the Ohio Department of Education’s website on Grad Requirements here.

Scholarships Available Now

Local scholarship applications, of which the office is made aware, are posted here.  Students are encouraged to check this information periodically through the Winter and Spring months to find updates and new applications. 

Hathaway Agricultural Scholarship

Deadline April 30, 2024

This is for a Shelby County Senior Ag student who plans to pursue an Ag degree in college.  This is a renewable scholarship.  Application available here.  You should email your completed application to jbarhorst@mresc.org

Callie’s Giving Heart Foundation

Due May 1, 2024

This non-profit awards two $1,000 scholarships for students planning to go into the medical field.  More information and application available here.

FOP Scholarship

Deadline May 6, 2024

The Fraternal Order of Police Scholarship form is available to any Shelby County graduate of 2024.  Please see here for printable application.

Shelby County Deer Hunters Association

Deadline May 17, 204

The SCDHA is offering a scholarship to a Senior pursuing a degree in a wildlife and natural resources conservation or an agricultural field.  Application available here

Houston Community Association Scholarship

The deadline for 2024 has passed.  

Starting with the Class of 2025, to be eligible, students must have worked a minimum of one 4-hour shift during the Shelby County Fair at the HCA’s food booth.   Sign up to help at the Fair here.

Other opportunities to volunteer include the Lake Loramie Fall Festival and the HCA’s Pizza Nights.  The 2025 application will be part of the Houston Scholarship Packet, so please look for the application in January 2025.

College and Occupation Search

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing is typically one of the most important things a student can do to help them decide what path to pursue after high school. 

9th through 12th grade students at Houston High School are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and shadow someone who works in a job or profession of interest.  Any student who wishes to take part in a Job Shadow experience may do so by talking with Mrs. Merickel.  There is a brief application form, but the process is easy and fun!  

Current Employment Opportunities

Hometown Opportunity website – local job postings and resources

Ohio Means Jobs Website

Honda – Anna Engine Plant is hiring.  They hire through Kelly Services.  Must be 18.  See flyer.

Bachelor’s Degree Seekers (4 years):

Detailed information on Ohio’s Public Colleges and Universities
List of Ohio’s Private Colleges and Universities

***Click on “Ohio’s Private Colleges,” then click on “View Ohio’s Private Colleges.” This will allow you to look at a great fact sheet on any chosen college, as well as take you directly to the school’s website.

Nearby Branch colleges:
The Ohio State University, Lima Campus
Wright State University, Lake Campus Celina

Certificate/Associate’s Degree (2 years or less):

Associate Degree and Certificate Programs at Edison Community College, Piqua
Associate Degree and Certificate Programs at Rhodes State College, Lima
Associate Degree and Certificate Programs at the University of Northwestern Ohio, Lima
Associate Degree and Certificate Programs at Sinclair Community College, Dayton
Certificate Programs in the Adult Division of the UVCC

ACT/SAT links

ACT site

SAT site