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High school seniors and families and friends, please mark your calendar for the Annual Baccalaureate Service, set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at Heartland Community Church, located at 3400 Weymouth Rd., Medina (just a minute or so off of the Rt. 3 exit of I-71). 
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Two Recognized by National Speech & Debate Assn.

The Highland Speech Debate team recently recognized Sara Hoose as the winner of the "Chapter Award" of the National Speech and Debate Association (Highland High School Chapter). This award recognizes the student who has competed on the team for at least three years, has enjoyed notable success in competition and exemplifies the NSDA qualities of integrity, humility, respect, leadership and service. Hoose competed for three years in Student Congress, qualifying for the state tournament each year and earning numerous awards in regular season tournaments. In her senior year, Hoose switched categories to Public Forum Debate, where she and her partner, Jacob Lewton, won the Norton Invitational Tournament. Hoose finished her Highland career with 803 NSDA competition points and the rank of Superior Distinction in that organization. She plans to attend Roanoke College in the fall to study political science and economics, with a concentration in economics. The team also recognized Jacob Lewton as having 1,041 NDSA competition points, the most of any current team member, and one of only four Highland graduates to ever achieve the rank of Outstanding Distinction in the NSDA. Lewton competed in Public Forum Debate for four years, winning numerous regular season awards and qualifying for the state tournament in 2015. He plans to attend Case Western Reserve. Pictured with Hoose and Lewton is Mr. Devon Griffin, debate coach.

Highland Again Recognized Among Top Schools
We are pleased to announce that Highland High School has again been named one of America’s Top High Schools 2016 by U.S. News & World Report and was awarded a Silver Medal. The rankings include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college. Highland High School is ranked 48th among Ohio schools and 1,212 nationally.  A four-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first three steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and graduation rates as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first three steps, a fourth step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work. Highland High School boasts a graduation rate of 98% and a college readiness score of 39.0. “On a daily basis, our teachers and administration collaborate to provide the highest academic opportunity available to our students,” stated Mr. Dana Addis, HHS Principal. “We are pleased to report that our school is succeeding because of the talents and efforts of our students and teachers, and through the support of our board of education and our community.”

Rinard Commits to Heidelberg
Highland High School senior HUNTER RINARD has committed to attend and play football for Heidelberg University this fall. He received an academic scholarship to the Division III university, where he plans to study accounting.  A four-year letterman in both baseball and football, Hunter was named AP Northeast Inland All-District Team Honorable Mention, All-Gazette Offensive Lineman and 1st Team American Division All-Suburban League. He has been recognized as a four-year Scholar Athlete and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is the son of Lisa and Greg Rinard of Granger Township. Pictured with Hunter are his parents and his sister, Abbigail, a 2014 Highland graduate.

Kelly to Play Tennis for Kutztown
Highland High School senior BEN KELLY has committed to attend and play tennis for Kutztown University in Pennsylvania this fall. He received an academic/athletic scholarship to the Division II university, where he plans to study computer science/information technology.  A four-year letterman in tennis, Ben received a nod for Honorable Mention All-Suburban League as a freshman, was named 2nd Team All-Suburban League as a sophomore and 1st Team as a junior. He was also named 1st Team All-County.  He is a four-year Scholar Athlete and is a member of the Robotics Club, Marching Band and Concert Band. He is the son of Jim and Gail Kelly of Granger Township. Pictured with Ben are his parents and his sister, Elizabeth, a 2002 Highland graduate. 

Highland Makes 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll
Highland Local School District is among 425 school districts across the U.S. and Canada to be named to the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll by the College Board. This is Highland’s 4th consecutive year of receiving this honor. Highland is being recognized for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.

The first step to delivering the opportunity of AP to students is providing access by ensuring courses are available, that gate keeping stops, and that the doors are equitably opened so that all students have an opportunity to participate.

Inclusion on the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the following criteria:

  • Increased participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;
  • Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2015 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2013.

AP course work and exams enable students to prepare to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam, which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.

Highland High School
Highland High School offers 13 AP courses and exams. In the spring of 2015, 409 exams were administered to 209 students and 75.1 percent of the students earned scores of 3 or higher. Twenty-two seniors earned the title of AP Scholar, taking three exams with an average score of at least 3.0. Thirteen students earned AP Scholar with Honor, meaning they received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Twenty-one seniors earned AP Scholar with Distinction, granted to students who receive at least a 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Three students earned National AP Scholar, meaning they received and average of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these. Next year, Highland High School will add 3 AP courses - AP Music Theory, AP Art History and AP French - to its curriculum.

Inclusion on the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2013 to 2015. The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.

Highland Ranks 48th Among Ohio Schools
Highland School District ranks 48th out of 611 districts in the state of Ohio, according to a new survey done by Niche.com. The goal of the survey is to make choosing a neighborhood, college or K-12 school a more transparent process. Founded in 2002, the organization allows students and families to grade high schools. No other Medina County schools were recognized in the top 100.

The “2016 Best Public High Schools” ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall experience of a public high school. This grade takes into account key factors such as the strength of academics, quality of teachers, school resources, the quality of student life, as well as student and parent reviews, in an attempt to measure the overall excellence of the school.

Based on the above criteria, Highland received an A in academics, B+ in health and safety, C+ in student culture and diversity, A in the teacher category, A- in resources and facilities, B+ in extra-curricular and activities and B+ in sports and fitness.

Top High School Ranking
We are pleased to announce that Highland High School has been named one of America’s Top High Schools 2015 by Newsweek Magazine. There are only 34 Ohio schools that made this list. Below is a link for the article and for the methodology in establishing the rankings. 


We proud to make
US News and World Report and Newsweek in the same year.  It’s a great honor for our students, families, teachers and staff. 

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