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Deadline Approaching for College Credit Plus
Students planning to participate in the College Credit Plus Program for the 2015-16 school year must submit an Intent to Participate Form to the high school Guidance Office before April 1. This includes students currently participating in the post-secondary options program. The High School Office and Guidance Office will be closed at the end of the day Match 27 prior to Spring Break.

Two Show Artwork at State Level
Congratulations to Highland High School art students Hallie Schuld and Sarah Welton for each having a piece of artwork shown in the Ohio Governor’s Art Show. Only 275 were chosen from 12,000 entries to be shown in the government buildings in Columbus. Kudos!

St. Baldrick's Foundation Fundraiser
This year, the HHS Junior Class Officers are leading a school-wide fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. This foundation began in 2000, raising money for the funding of childhood cancer research. Head-shaving events are hosted nationwide where individuals sign up to have their heads shaved and join in solidarity with children who are fighting cancer. Highland will be hosting its own event on Friday, April 10. Please consider sharing the LIVE link:
http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/11842/2015. Other ways to support: donating to the event, buying a t-shirt and wearing it that day, sending the link to family and friends to donate, and/or spreading awareness. Students will register on the site and sign up under a team for their class (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors). A staff team is available as well. Thanks in advance for your support.

3 Advance to Finalist Standing

Congratulations to Highland seniors Hannah Barnes, Abigail Wolgamuth and Ben Wolgamuth who advanced to the Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. They are among the 15,000 students who were notified in February of their advancement. All winners of Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference. 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.

Beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, NMS committee notifies approximately 7,600 Finalists that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award, which includes corporate-sponsored and college-sponsored awards.

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.

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, Pit Orchestra, Added Attraction, Highland Heartbreakers, The Buzz and the Thespian Club. Their parents are Keith and Diane Wolgamuth of Hinckley.

(Pictured from left are Abby and Ben Wolgamuth and Hannah Barnes)

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!

Student Artwork Advances to State Level
The Regional Ohio Governors Art Show was held March 7 and the following Highland students had their artwork advance to the State level on March 14. This is Highland's largest group of winners ever! Congrats to the following during the regional show: Morgan Skillicorn, Sarah Welton, Marco Milkovich with two pieces, Aubrey Headrick with a series of four photographs, Dagny Stackseder, Suzy Berry, James Downey, Hallie Schuld, Vanessa Golias, Hallie Scheuffler, Julianna Dorozario, Piper Fullard with a series of two photographs, Grace Gsellman, Marina Budi with a series of two photographs, and Hannah Obremski. Marina Budi and Vanessa Golias deserve an extra congratulation for placing in the top 25 out of the 1,500 artworks submitted.

Juniors Encouraged to Apply for US Senate Page Program
United States Senator for Ohio Sherrod Brown is encouraging high school juniors to take part in the U.S. Senate Page Program. Dating back to the 19th century, the Senate Page Program has developed into one of our nation’s most rewarding public service programs for students. Pages have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and see their government in action. Responsibilities range from delivering correspondence to Senators to helping prepare the floor for the legislative workday. In addition, Pages receive compensation for working on the Senate floor. Only 30 outstanding young Americans receive this opportunity each session. Brown’s office will be accepting applications for the summer sessions until March 28, 2015. The Summer I term is only available to male students while the Summer II term is for female students. Interested students can apply or learn more at: http://www.brown.senate.gov/. Questions? Please call the Page Coordinator in the Columbus office at 888-896-6446 or 614-469-2083.

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

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 http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools


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