High School Counselor

Stephanie Merickel

Ohio Means Jobs Website


Upcoming Events

CCP Meeting

The CCP Meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday February 11.  This is Parent-Teacher Conference Night.  All students planning to take College Credit Plus courses next year are required to meet with Mrs. Merickel at least once to obtain guidance, information, and required materials.  One parent  needs to attend with their student.  If you cannot make the meeting, please email or call Mrs. Merickel prior to February 11 to make alternative arrangements.  The CCP Meetings will be held in two smaller groups this year:

6:30 PM- Current 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students

7:30 PM- Current 10th and 11th grade students

If your family has students in more than grade, please just come to one meeting or the other.


The Pre-ACT is a great way for Sophomores to get a look at the types of questions and testing format that will be presented to them when they take the ACT their Junior year.  Sophomores can sign up to take the test through January 25.  The cost is $14.  The test will be given Thursday February 18.

ACT Testing

All Juniors will take the ACT at Houston High School on Tuesday February 23.  The test will be at 8:00 AM.  Houston’s UVCC and Edison students will also take the test.  Registration for the test will be done prior to the testing date.  The test is free of charge.  More information will be available as we approach the test date.  

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.

Upper Valley Career Center Information

Sophomores that have applied to UVCC, please be patient as they go through the hundreds of applications and transcripts, in preparation to accept the incoming Junior class of students.  It is anticipated that acceptances will begin in late February, early March.  Stop by the office with any questions.

UVCC Q&A- Wednesday February 3 during Wildcat Time Mr. Snyder from the UVCC will be at HHS to answer any questions that students have about attending UVCC next year.  We will meet in the Commons.

Any Sophomore or Junior who is thinking about applying to UVCC can still do so for next year (Juniors can opt to apply for the first year of the two-year program for their Senior year).  If you need help applying, please stop by the office.

Graduation Requirements

For the classes of 2021 and 2022, please find documentation on graduation requirements here.

For the classes of 2023 and beyond, please find the updated 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

Edison State Scholarships

*Edison CCP Scholarships

Qualifying Seniors who have taken CCP courses at Edison can qualify for either 50% or 100% tuition scholarships.  See website for full details.

*Edison Regular Scholarships

Deadline March 1, 2021

Application is not currently available (as of 1/22/21), but check their website periodically.


Shelby County Community Foundation Scholarships

Application opens December 11.

February 11 is the regular deadline

March 11 is the Skills Scholarship deadline

The Community Foundation administers many local scholarships.  There are two sets of scholarships.  The regular application and the Skills Scholarships.  Please see their website for more information.


Midmark Technical Scholarship

Deadline February 19, 2021

Midmark offers this scholarship to a student planning to pursue a degree in Engineering.  Information and application here.


Sinclair Community College Scholarships

Deadline February 26, 2021

Students planning to attend Sinclair next Fall should apply via the website.  Click on the red “Apply Online to Scholarships” box.


Ginn Agricultural Scholarship

Deadline February 28, 2021

This scholarship is for a student planning to work in an agriculture-related field.  Application available here.


Barnes Trust Student Loan

Deadline March 1, 2021

This is not your average student loan.  This is only available to students who attend Shelby County schools.  It is a unique offering that many of our alumni have utilized to help defray the costs of their education.  Please find the application here.


Sidney Rotary Club

Deadline March 8, 2021

Application available here.


Shelby County Farm Bureau Scholarship

Deadline March 15, 2021

Applicant must be a child of a SCFB member in good standing.  Application available here


Hobart Institute of Welding Scholarships

Deadline March 20, 2021

The link will take you to an application that will make the applicant eligible for a large number of scholarships to Hobart.  


Houston Community Improvement Association Scholarships

Deadline March 31, 2021

Seniors who actively volunteer for the events that the HCA hosts are invited to apply.  Application available here.

A list of the 2020-2021 HCA events that students can participate in is available here (All high school students are encouraged to volunteer).


Association of the United States Army Scholarship

Deadline April 1, 2021

This is for dependents of AUSA members.  See application.


Jim Lantz Memorial Scholarship

Deadline April 2, 2021

Application available here.


Lee Schauer Memorial Scholarship

Deadline April 2, 2021

Application available here.


Elaine Noffsinger Memorial Scholarship

Deadline April 9, 2021

This is a scholarship for nursing majors.  One eligible Houston student WILL receive this scholarship, which is for $1,000 each year for up to three years.  Application available here


Wilson Auxiliary Scholarship

Deadline April 10, 2021

This scholarship is for students enrolled or planning to enroll in a healthcare field in college.  Utilize the website for more information and to apply.


This new visual guide from National Honor Society is an emerging way to gear up for life after high school! Any HHS student can access this free tool

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

Ohio Means Jobs Website

Hometown Opportunity website – local job postings and resources

How to find a college or university that fits your needs.


Bachelor’s Degree Seekers (4 years):

List of 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