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New Wrestling Coach Looking for Recruits
Looking for athletes to join the Highland High School Wrestling Team! Stop in for open mat conditioning,  Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m. in the wreslting room. New program this season to bring the legacy back to Highland’s wrestling program.

Contacts: Coach Frank Calarco, 440.310.6330, 

Asst. Coaches: Todd Hill:  / Jim Scavuzzo:   
John Deach:

Swim Practice to Begin Nov. 7
The first official day of high school swim practice is Friday, November 7 from 5-7 p.m. at Medina Rec Center. If you are interested in swimming high school but did not participate in the Medina Makos USA Fall Pre-Season, please contact Brian Skidmore at (330) 618-5794 or .  

Cook-Off to Benefit Art Scholarship Fund
The Highland High School Art Club will host its annual Chili Cook-Off at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 13 at the high school to raise money for the Art Scholarship Fund. Enter your favorite chili dish and you may be crowned Chili Cook-Off Champion! Anyone may enter and all are welcome to attend. Tickets are $5 per person and includes all you can eat chili, plus cornbread and desserts (donated by students). Handmade ceramic bowls will be on sale for $10, that price includes the meal. Student artwork will be on display and some items will be for sale. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any Art Club member. For more info, email Bonnie Kubilus at .

4 are National Merit Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to Highland High School seniors Hannah Barnes, Chad Eichhorn, Abigail Wolgamuth and Ben Wolgamuth who are among the Northeast Ohio high school seniors named as a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. These students now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

Roughly 16,000 semifinalists were announced on September 10 and chosen on the basis of high scores on the Preliminary SAT. The semifinalists represent less than 1% of high school seniors nationwide.

  • Hannah is currently a HHS DARE Role Model and member of the National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Raymond and Sheryl Barnes of Copley.
  • Chad is a member of the Highland Marching Band, Robotics, Speech & Debate Team, Academic Challenge, Latin Club and Chess Club. He is the son of Brad and Dawn Eichhorn of Hinckley.
  • Abby is a member of the Highland Marching Band, Thespian Club, The Buzz, Added Attraction and has been involved in several theater productions, while her brother, Ben is also a member of the Marching Band, Added Attraction, Highland Heartbreakers, The Buzz and the Thespian Club. Their parents are Keith and Diane Wolgamuth of Hinckley.

Pictured from left are Ben, Abby, Chad and Hannah.

Diaper Drive Now Underway
The Junior and Senior Class Officers are running a diaper drive that is in collaboration with Baldwin Wallace University’s Community Outreach Program, and is a competition among several other schools in the surrounding areas. The timeline for this drive is October 1-31. These diapers will be donated to City Mission’s Laura’s Home Crisis Center, West Side Catholic Center and Providence House. Students are very excited and have made the decision to involve the entire community in their effort to support people within our local communities. The Highland football team will be kicking off this event at this Friday’s pep rally as they swarm with their donations. Additionally, the Athletic Boosters has been very generous and will be giving a FREE hot chocolate to each person who donates diapers to our collection table at this Friday’s game – October 3 and also at the October 17 home game. Donations of all sizes will be collected in storage bins at the upper and lower school entrances at the beginning of each day starting on, Monday, October 6. 

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

Meet with a Colleg Now Rep
Laura Boswell, College Now Advisor, Laura Boswell, will be available on the following dates to assist  Highland High School seniors fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile (if needed); explore available financial aid resources for college, which can include scholarships, loans, work study and private sources of money; interpret financial aid award letters; provide fee waivers for ACT/SAT tests and college application fee waivers if the family meets College Now financial guidelines or qualify for free/reduced lunch; and recommend students for scholarships administered by College Now. Recommended students must be Pell eligible and meet GPA and ACT/SAT test score guidelines.

This service is provided to Highland parents and students through a grant from The Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence. The meetings will be held at HHS in Room 202.

  • October 7, 14, 28
  • November 11, 18
  • December 2, 9
  • January 13 (Financial Aid Night), 20
  • February 3 (FAFSA Night), 17
  • March 3, 17
  • April 14

To schedule an appointment, please contact Mrs. Boswell at 216-408-1452 or via email at . For further information, please contact Mrs. Claudia Johnson, HHS Guidance Counselor, at 330-239-1901, Ext. 5212.

Highland High School 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 2014 through their annual Best High School Rankings. Highland High School has earned a Silver Medal and an impressive ranking of 59 in Ohio out of 832 high schools and 1,238 out of 19,400 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 19,400 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 4,707 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 2014 among the U.S. News Best High Schools, 22 were awarded gold medals, 93 earned silver medals and 129 received bronze medals. For more information, please go to

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