High School Counselor

Stephanie Merickel

Counselor’s Office Summer Hours

8:00 AM to 3:15 PM daily

May-July dates will be virtual.  Please email with questions or concerns: smerickel@hardinhouston.org

May 18th-22nd

June 4th, 5th, & 29th

July 13th

August 3rd-7th

August 10th-14th

Ohio Means Jobs Website

Upcoming Events

College Credit Plus

Any 6th through 11th grade student planning to take courses for college credit next year must attend a CCP Meeting.  Please contact Mrs. Merickel to arrange a meeting, if you missed the one held January 30.

If you need to get registered for Fall courses through CCP at Edison State, please contact Mrs. Merickel via email: smerickel@hardinhouston.org


The FAFSA is required by most college and scholarship applicants and is the only way to acquire federal grants and loans for college.  The process is entirely online and may be accessed here.

There is also a FAFSA Mobile App.  You can download it from the Google Play or Apple App Store.  More information on the app is available here.

Scholarships Available Now


Edison State Community College’s CCP Scholarship 

Deadline May 1, 2020

Edison State has a scholarship that most of our CCP students will qualify to obtain.  Information can be found on their website here.


Farmers Equipment Inc. Scholarship

Deadline May 15, 2020

Any Senior involved in a junior fair program, such as 4-H or FFA, may apply.  Application available here


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. Check back in the next months for additional resources on this site.

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