High School Counselor

Stephanie Merickel
Ohio Means Jobs Website

Upcoming Events


Ohio is College Application Month!  Seniors will be participating in a few activities this month as part of our celebration of this event.

*College Financial Planning Workshop: Tuesday October 6

*College Application Day: Wednesday October 14

*College & Financial Aid Night: Thursday October 15 6:00 PM

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.

Upper Valley Career Center Information

Sophomores will have the opportunity to visit UVCC in the Fall (more information TBA).  In the meantime, here is the link for the UVCC.  Click on the menu at the top, then expand the list of Career Programs.  You can click on each to learn more about what that program has to offer.

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

Hagan Foundation Scholarships

Deadline November 15, 2020, but it is a lengthy application, so will take some time to complete.

Application and further information available here.


National Honor Society Scholarships

Online application opens October 1, 2020.

Deadline December 1, 2020

Application instructions 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.


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).


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