High School Counselor

Stephanie Merickel

Mrs. Merickel’s Summer Work Hours

May 20 8:00 AM-3:00 PM

Monday May 23 8:00-11:30 AM

Tuesday May 24-Thurdsay May 26 8:00 AM-3:00 PM

Friday May 27 8:00-11:30 AM

Monday June 13 8:00-11:30 AM

Tuesday June 14 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Wednesday June 15 8:00-11:30 AM

Thursday June 16 8:00 AM-3:00 PM

Friday June 17 8:00-11:30 AM

Friday July 1 8:00-11:30 AM

Wednesday July 13 8:00-10:30 AM

Thursday July 14 8:00-10:30 AM

Friday July 15 8:00-11:30 AM

Tuesday July 19 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Wednesday July 20 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Monday August 1 8:00 AM-3:00 PM

Tuesday August 2 8:00-11:30 AM

Thursday August 4 and Friday August 5 8:00 AM-3:00 PM

Monday August 8-Wednesday August 10 8:00 AM-3:00 PM

Thursday August 11 (Fee Pay & Orientation Day) 8:00 AM-7:00 PM

Friday August 12 8:00-11:30 AM

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.

Each year in 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.  The next ones are in June.  Consult their website here for more information.

There is an additional ACT prep option through Russia High School.  See the flyer here.

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.


New HS Math Curriculum Information

Letter to Families

Math Path Flowchart

Student Decision Tree

Scholarships Available Now

Edison State CCP Scholarships for 2022 Seniors 

Edison is offering full tuition scholarships for all Seniors who have taken at least six credit hours of CCP coursework.  See flyer for further details.


Houston Community Association Scholarship

Deadline May 4, 2022-bring completed application to Mrs. Merickel by this date.


To be considered for this scholarship, students have to have a minimum number of volunteer hours with the Houston Community Center/Association.  Sign up to help out here.

Upcoming Pizza Night help sign-up here.


Shelby County Manufacturing Pathway Scholarships

Deadline April 1, 2022 extended until May 15, 2022

Six scholarships are available to graduating Seniors who plan to attend Edison State in one of the eight approved programs of study (see application for the list).


Farmers Equipment Scholarships

Deadline May 1, 2022

Current FFA and/or 4-H members are eligible.  Application available via link.

Employment Opportunities

Here are job opportunities that have been shared with the school by local employers.

Crown Equipment

Seeking Electrician and HVAC apprentices.  See here for more information.  

Seeking entry-level manufacturing labor.  100% tuition reimbursement and $1,000 sign-on bonus.  Link to website.


Midmark Corporation

Located in Versailles, they are seeking factory labor help in the summer.  Must be 18 years old.  See link for more information.


City of Sidney

Seeking summer seasonal workers in a variety of areas.   See job list.  Application available here.


Dairy King and Motel and Morrie’s Landing

Seeking summer seasonal workers.  Flyer and application.


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