High School Counselor

Stephanie Merickel

Ohio Means Jobs Website


Upcoming Events

Career Coach Meeting for Seniors

Wednesday September 1, 2021

We begin our second year utilizing Kelly as our Career Coach.  She helps guide Seniors as they are navigating the final year of high school in preparation for employment after graduation.  All Seniors will meet with Kelly during Wildcat Time on September 1, and from there may opt to begin one-on-one help sessions with the Career Coach.

Sinclair Community College Rep Visit

Friday September 17, 2021 @ 10:15 AM

Juniors and Seniors interested in Sinclair may attend this informational presentation, location TBA.

Sophomore Career Exploration Academy

Thursday September 23, 2021

All HHS Sophomores will be traveling to the Shelby County Fairgrounds to participate in the Workforce Partnership’s annual event.

Bowling Green State Universtiy Rep Visit

Thursday October 7 @ 8:45 AM

Juniors and Seniors interested in BG may attend this informational presentation, location TBA.

College Application Day

Wednesday October 13, 2021

Seniors will have an assigned time to come to the computer lab and complete essential tasks, including applying to a minimum of one college and beginning the FAFSA.

College & Financial Aid Night

Tuesday October 19, 2021 @ 6:30 PM

All high school students and their parents are invited to come hear from college admissions and financial aid personnel about how to best prepare for the college transition. This is an especially important presentation for parents who are going through the process for the first time.


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 in February 2022 free of charge at HHS.

Local ACT Prep workshops available:




Upper Valley Career Center Information

Sophomores can begin preparing for a possible transition to the UVCC for Junior and Senior year. Check out the link below to explore the available programs.

UVCC Career Programs

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

Please check for locally available opportunities in Fall 2021.


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