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HHS Ranked Among Top Schools

Highland High School has once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in Ohio and a top high school in the nation for 2015 through their annual Best High School Rankings, which were released on May 12. Highland High School has earned a Silver Medal and an impressive ranking of 46th in Ohio out of 881 high schools and 1,140th out of 21,000 high schools in the nation. The Best High Schools rankings, which are available online only, are produced in conjunction with the American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. U.S. News has published detailed information on more than 21,000 public high schools, including school-specific data on enrollment, ethnicity, location, school type and results of state assessment proficiency tests and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of these data and a comprehensive methodology, the schools were given a College Readiness Index score, with the top-scoring 6,517 schools receiving a gold, silver or bronze medal and - in the case of gold and silver schools - a numerical ranking. Of the numerous Ohio schools ranked in 2015 among the U.S. News Best High Schools, 19 were awarded gold medals, 138 earned silver medals and 260 received bronze medals. For more information, please visit: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools

Host Family Needed
Highland High School will welcome a volunteer Chinese teacher, Yayu Wu, from our sister school, Nanwu High School in China for the 2015-16 school year. We are in need of a host family for her. She is 32 years old and is an English teacher at Nanwu High School. She is expected to arrive late August. If interested, please contact Sunny Zhang at .

Barnes is National Merit Scholarship Winner
Congratulations to Hannah Barnes, Highland High School’s 2015 Class Valedictorian, who has been selected as a winner of the National Merit Ferro Scholarship. This scholarship provides for an annual stipend of $4,000 for up to four years. Hannah was among the 15,000 students who were notified in February of their advancement to finalist standing. All winners of Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. A variety of information is available for NMS committee selectors to evaluate including the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay. Only 7,600 finalists are then selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award, which includes corporate-sponsored and college-sponsored awards. Hannah, who plans to study engineering, will attend The Ohio State University where she has been accepted into the OSU Honors Program and Women in Engineering Learning Community. She is the daughter of Raymond and Sheryl Barnes of Wadsworth.

Yearly Sports Physicals on May 28
Highland Athletic Department, along Sharon Family Practice and Millennium Rehabilitation, will be providing yearly sports physicals on Thursday, May 28. Physicals for students who plan to participate in athletics next year (grades 7-12) will be conducted from 12-4:30 p.m. at the high school. The cost is $30. Each student attending will receive a Highland "H" decal! Please schedule your appointment through the Sign Up Genius link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a48adad2ea1f94-yearly. The link is also located on the high school and athletic department web page.

Middle school students will be able to ride their bus to the high school for their scheduled physical (if after school).  Parents will need to pick up. Student may arrive anytime during their scheduled hour.  You do not need to arrive at the top of the hour.

What to bring:

  • Please print and complete the physical form from the athletic page of the Highland website (found on the left under “Forms and Policies”). Pages 3-4 will be completed by the physician. Be sure to bring all pages with you and make sure they are signed.
  • Payment must be made at the time of the physical. Cash or check will be accepted. Please make checks payable to: Highland Local Schools.

Thank you to Sharon Family Practice and Millennium Rehabilitation for donating their fee back to the athletic department. Any questions please contact the athletic department at 330.239.1901, ext. 5400.

Burtoft Earns First Diamond Degree
Congratulations to Highland High School teacher and Speech and Debate Team coach, Mrs. Suzette Burtoft, who earned a First Diamond degree of membership in the National Speech & Debate Association’s Honor Society. Under her leadership, students have earned more than 15,000 points through speech and debate presentations, competitions and service. She will be officially recognized for her achievement at the National Speech & Debate Tournament in Dallas, Texas on June 18, 2015. Mrs. Burtoft has been coaching the team since 2008 and spends countless hours of her personal time preparing her students for tournaments and encouraging new members. This year, students consistently placed in the “Top 6” at tournaments and brought home 76 trophies for the team. The team, itself, placed seven times in the “Team Sweepstakes.” This year’s success includes several state semi-finalists, a state finalist and a national qualifier.

Boedicker Headed to Nationals
Highland Speech and Debate Team competed at the National Qualifying Tournament on February 20-21. Congratulations to Rachel Boedicker who qualified for the National Tournament to be held in Texas this June. Rachel was the only debater to be undefeated in Lincoln Douglas Debate both days. She was named tournament champion. Carolyn Kusoski made it to the semi-final round in Original Oratory, while Noah Zona and Austin Levan received trophies as semi-finalists in Public Forum Debate. A total of 19 students from Highland will be competing in the State Tournament this March. Best of luck!

HHS College Readiness Highest in Past 5 Years
The College Readiness letter for Highland High School was released on August 20. The report reflects the achievement of Highland graduates on the ACT over time and an indication of the extent to which they are prepared for college-level work.  This report also summarizes the Five-Year trends for our average ACT scores.  The 2014 results are the highest in the last five years in each of the six categories:  Total Tested, English, Math, Reading, Science, Composition, and Composite. In fact, beginning with the graduating Class of 2012, our students have trended upward each year in each category.  HHS College Readiness Letter 2014 


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