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Welcome to the Houston High School Guidance Webpage!
Mrs. Stephanie Merickel
School Counselor, Grades 7-12
5300 Houston Road
Houston, Ohio 45333
        office: (937) 295-3010 ext. 2002       
fax: (937) 295-3737 
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Ohio Means Jobs Website link here
ACT for all Juniors
Tuesday February 27, 2018
All Juniors will be taking the ACT.  This statewide initiative requires eleventh grade students to take this college readiness assessment.  Registration for the test will be taken care of by the school, and there is no fee for the test.
All Juniors will complete a non-test portion one week prior to the actual test.
Here is a link to the ACT prep booklet.
CC+ Intent Forms
Due March 30, 2018
Any student planning to take college-level courses through Edison State must submit the intent form to qualify for CC+.  If you missed the mandatory meeting on January 22, get in touch with Mrs. Merickel to discuss your options.
Click here to learn more about CC+!
CC+ opportunities at Edison Community College
Each year the Free Application for Federal Student Aid becomes available the first day of October.
All college-bound students and their parents must submit FAFSA in order to qualify for scholarships, grants, and student loans.
Click here for the FAFSA website
To create your FSA ID, click here. 
Mercy Health/St. Rita's Scholarship
Deadline February 23, 2018
This scholarship application is open to students who plan to pursue a career in any medical profession.
Midmark Technical Scholarship
Deadline February 23, 2018
This scholarship is open to applicants who are pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in one of the following fields:
Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, or Industrial Engineering; or Computer Information Systems.
Application available here.
Ginn Agricultural Scholarship
Deadline February 28, 2018
 Open to those students majoring in an ag-related field.
Please see information and application here.
Houston Scholarship Packet
Deadline March 2, 2018
Open to all HHS Seniors.  You need both the Application and the Involvement Record.
Rudolf Berg Scholarship
Deadline March 2, 2018
Open to all seniors.  Please see application here.
Rotary Club Scholarship
Deadline Marh 9, 2018
All seniors with 2.5 GPA or above may apply.  Please see application here.
Edison State Community College Scholarships
Deadline March 20, 2018
The online application is the only way to apply to the more than 30 scholarships available to Edison students.
Fletcher Memorial Scholarships
Deadline March 23, 2018
These local scholarships are open to any student attending a Shelby County school/UVCC.
Please see the information here.
 Barnes Trust Student Loan 
This application is for any Houston student.
Interest-free loan program will be a great way to help meet the financial obligations of college.
Applications are considered on a first come-first serve basis, but applications are accepted until March 31, 2018.
Applications available here  or in Mrs. Merickel's office.
Shelby County Farm Bureau Scholarship
Deadline April 1, 2018
Applications open to children of Farm Bureau members.
Please see the information and application here.
Houston Community Improvement Association Scholarship
Deadline is the April HCIA meeting
See application here, or go to
FOP Scholarship
Deadline April 3, 2018
Application available here.
Squires Educational Foundation
Deadline April 5, 2018
Open to Ohio seniors meeting specific financial need and GPA requirements.
See these requirements and find the application website here.
Lee E. Schauer Memorial Scholarship
Deadline April 6, 2018
Download the application.
Jim Lantz Memorial Scholarship
Deadline April 6, 2018
Download the application.
Kent Smith Scholarship (Shelby County Retired Teachers)
Deadline April 27, 2018
Open to college students majoring in Education
Please see application.
Scholarship website to check out:
FastWeb Schoarship Website 
FinAid Financial Aid Website 
Summer Opportunities
Defiance College
Crime Investigation Camp
June 21-24
Incoming 10-12th grade students
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.  Check back in the next months for additional resources on this site.
Graduation Requirements
Honors Diploma Requirements
Junior High & High School Standardized Testing
End-of Course/AIR Testing
7th Grade: English Language Arts, Math 
8th Grade: ELA, Math, Science
Freshmen: ELA I, Math I
Sophomores: ELA II, Math II, American History, Biology
Juniors: Government
All tests will be held in April and May.
Register for the ACT
        2017-2018 ACT Dates and Registraton Deadlines:
Test Date***
Registration Deadline
Late Registration Deadline
(extra fee)
September 9, 2017
August 4, 2017
August 18, 2017
October 28, 2017
September 22, 2017
October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017
November 3, 2017
November 17, 2017
February 10, 2018
January 12, 2018
January 19, 2018
April 14, 2018
March 9, 2018
March 23, 2018
June 9, 2018  May 4, 2018 May 18, 2018
July 14, 2018 June 15, 2018 June 22, 2018


Register for the SAT
        2017-2018 SAT Dates and Registration Deadlines:
Test Date
Registration Deadline
Late Registration Deadline
(extra fee)
August 26, 2017 June 28, 2017 August 15, 2017
 October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 27, 2017
November 4, 2017
October 5, 2017
October 25, 2017
December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 21, 2017
March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 28, 2018
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018
June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018
College and Occupation Search
Ohio Means Jobs website (see link at top of page)
How to find a college or university that fits your needs.
Bachelor's Degree Seekers (4 years):
***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
Sophomore Links:
Upper Valley Career Center Programs
Virtual Learning Academy (VLA)
Wildcat Pride!

Staff Links

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