306 West Elm Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 5

402 S. Grant Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 8

310 S. Sherman Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 2

306 West Elm Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 6

306 West Elm Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 1
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Noah - National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Houston High School is proud to recognize Senior Noah as one of the Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year.

Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program.

In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis.  These Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state!  [article source:]

Congratulations Noah on this great accomplishment!  Way to go!


On September 7, the Houston Public School District's Board of Education voted to accept applications from interested community members to fill the one-year term for the seat vacated by Joe Krage. The application is a letter of interest that can include the candidate's experience and reasons for wanting to fill the position. The letter can be sent electronically via email to or in hard copy by sending it to Houston Public Schools, 306 West Elm Street, Houston, MN 55943.

The letter will need to be submitted by 4:00 PM on September 29. All applicants will be interviewed by the entire board, and the interviews will take place at the regularly scheduled board meeting on October 5. The interviews will be part of the agenda of the meeting and will be streamed and archived, as is the case with all meetings.

The board will make its selection at the October 18 meeting and then must wait 30 days for public comment prior to swearing in the candidate, which means the candidate could not be sworn in until December 7. This term runs through December 31, 2018. Interested individuals would need to be able to attend the board meetings, which are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 6:00 PM and would need to attend trainings to understand the role and responsibilities of a member of the board.

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