High School Counselor

Stephanie Merickel

Ohio Means Jobs Website


Upcoming Events

College Credit Plus 2021-2022

Any student in grades 7-12 may take courses for both high school and college credit through Ohio’s CCP program.  We offer many courses at Houston High School for college credit, or students may take courses at Edison State.   Interested students/parents are required to meet with Mrs. Merickel to begin the qualification process.  

Registration for all of next year’s CCP courses will take place beginning April 5.  Students must meet individually with Mrs. Merickel to register.

CCP Meeting Presentation

How to get started with Edison State

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.

Upper Valley Career Center Information

UVCC’s Meet the Teacher Event will be on Thursday April 8 from 6:00-7:30 PM.  All Sophomores who have been accepted should have received information about this in the mail, but stop by the office if you have questions.

Any Sophomore or Junior who is thinking about applying to UVCC can still do so for next year (Juniors can opt to apply for the first year of the two-year program for their Senior year).  If you need help applying, please stop by the office.

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

Edison State Scholarships

*Edison CCP Scholarships

All graduating Seniors from Houston qualify for Edison’s tuition waiver, which covers most of the college cost.  Full details here.

Qualifying Seniors who have taken CCP courses at Edison can qualify for either 50% or 100% tuition scholarships.  See website for full details.


Houston Community Improvement Association Scholarships

Deadline May 5, 2021 (the deadline has been extended)

Seniors who actively volunteer for the events that the HCA hosts are invited to apply.  Application available here.  You may bring completed applications to Mrs. Merickel’s office.

A list of the 2020-2021 HCA events that students can participate in is available here (All high school students are encouraged to volunteer).


Elaine Noffsinger Memorial Scholarship

Deadline April 9, 2021

This is a scholarship for nursing majors.  One eligible Houston student WILL receive this scholarship, which is for $1,000 each year for up to three years.  Application available here


Altrusa of Shelby County Scholarship

Deadline April 10, 2021 (the deadline has been extended past the original April 1 date)

Please find application here.


Wilson Auxiliary Scholarship

Deadline April 16, 2021

This scholarship is for students enrolled or planning to enroll in a healthcare field in college.  Utilize the website for more information and to apply.


Fraternal Order of Police Scholarship

Deadline April 23, 2021

Open to all Seniors in Shelby County.  Application available here.


Farmers Equipment Scholarship

Deadline May 7, 2021

Two Seniors from Shelby County will receive $500 awards.  Must be in 4-H and/or FFA and involved in Junior Fair.  Application website link 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