High School Counselor

Stephanie Merickel

Upcoming Events

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.

All Juniors will take the ACT March 1, 2022 free of charge at HHS.

Upcoming local ACT prep workshops:

February Ft. Loramie workshop-deadline to register is February 11


Annual CCP Meeting

Thursday February 10 6:30 PM

All students hoping to take courses through College Credit Plus must attend this meeting, along with a parent.  We begin offering CCP courses to students in 9th grade.  This meeting is open to all students, but is most applicable for 8th through 11th graders.  If you cannot make this meeting, please email Mrs. Merickel before February 10th

Graduation Requirements

For the class of 2022, please find documentation on graduation requirements here.

For the classes of 2023 and beyond, 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

Houston Community Association Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, students have to have a minimum number of volunteer hours with the Houston Community Center/Association.  The next event is on Nov. 14: Annual Turkey and Ham Dinner from 10:30-1:00 PM.  Sign up to help out here.

Upcoming Pizza Night help sign-up here.


Acme Baseball Scholarship

Deadline February 1

Applicant must have played a minimum of one year of Varsity Acme ball and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.  Application available here.


Community Foundation of Shelby County (opens December 10, 2021)

General Application Deadline: February 10, 2022

Skills Application Deadline: March 10, 2022

Current College Student/Adult Deadline: May 26, 2022

This is a way to apply for many scholarships with one application.  There are two different deadlines for Seniors, depending on which application suits your future plans.  See their website for full details, instructions, and the application.


Sinclair Community College Scholarships

Deadline February 25, 2022

Follow this link to ensure you have completed the requirements to be eligible for the scholarships Sinclair offers.


Ginn Agricultural Scholarship

Deadline February 28, 2022

This scholarship is for the student planning to pursue a college degree in agriculture-related fields.  Application can be obtained here.


Barnes Trust Student Loan 

Deadline March 1

Houston students are eligible for this unique Shelby County-only loan program.  The loan program’s main page link is here, and the application for current Seniors is here.


Edison State Scholarships

Deadline March 1, 2022

Follow the link to apply for more than 35 scholarships for future Edison students.


Shelby County Coin Club Scholarship

Deadline March 31, 2022

Please see information page.


Altrusa Club of Sidney, Ohio Scholarship

Deadline April 1, 2022

Please see information and application 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

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