News and Updates

 

Houstonfest Scholarships - Winners!

 

Scholarships at State

 

What's new for 2017

 

Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

 

Tips for Pair Discussion

 

Arrival at Heights High School

 

Bubble Soccer

 

Lunch options

 

Plays will be performed at Houstonfest

 

Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list

 

Photo Gallery 2014

 

Important Dates

 

Wed., Jan. 17, 2018:  Regular deadline to submit registration spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/24).

 

Wed., Jan. 24, 2018:  Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.

 

Jan. x, 2018 Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final verification and changes.

 

Jan. x, 2018, x:xx p.m. Deadline to submit changes (adds, drops, substitutions).  After this point, no more additions or substitutions will be allowed in individual events.  Substitutions in group events may continue in emergency situations.

 

Feb. x, 2018 Research Papers due to David Kniess by 11:59 p.m.

 

Feb. x, 2018: Videos due to Mark Johnson by x:xx p.m.

 

Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 Houstonfest !

 

Feb. x, 2018 State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. in order to qualify for early-bird price of $10 per student.  Online registrations submitted after this point incur the regular registration fee of $12 per student.  Also, deadline to apply for the Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship.

 

Feb. x, 2018 State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. (regular deadline).  Also,

postmark deadline for State payment, regardless of whether you completed your online registration by the early-bird or the regular deadline.

 

Sat., Feb. 24, 2018 Texas State German Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos.

 

Sat., Mar. 3, 2018 Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.

 

Mar. x, 2018 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.

Houstonfest

 

Founded in 1980, Houstonfest is an annual competition for Houston-area students in grades 8 through 12 who are learning German.  It offers 42 contests for students in German I, II, III, IV, and V, including written and oral tests, declamation, drama, art, and music.  There are also categories for "advantaged speakers."  Registration is accepted only from German teachers registering their participating students as a group; we do not accept registration from individual students.  For 2017 we had 708 students from 22 schools.

 

Entrants placing in the top five in each event at Houstonfest, traditionally held on the first Saturday of February, advance to the Texas State German Contest, traditionally held on the last Saturday of February.  At State, Houstonfest's winners compete against the winners of Texas’ other two regional German competitions, Winterfest for the Dallas and North Texas area and Sprachfest for the Central and South Texas area.

 

Brochure about Texas German contest system

 

Incentives for schools new to Houstonfest

 

Houstonfest 2017 was on February 4 at Heights High School and State was on February 25 at Texas State University in San Marcos.

 

After competition was over while everyone was waiting for the awards to be tabulated, we had entertainment by the band Das ist lustig and members of the folk dance group Keine Kunst.

 

The Tomball German Heritage Festival (March 31 - April 2, 2017) traditionally invites winning Chorus, Folk Dance, and Polka Band groups as well as Vocal Soloists to perform at their festival each year and makes donations to the German Clubs of all schools that perform.  The practice of displaying the top three prize-winners in Club Album, Crafts, Doll Costume, Needlework, Original Model, Photo Essay, Photography, Poster, and Shirt Design at the festival and paying cash prizes to the students did not continue this year.

Rules

 

 

Registration

 

 

Schedule

 

 

Results

 

 

Contact

 

 

The logo in the header is the

winning entry from the

Digital Logo Design

contest held at Houstonfest 2017.  It is by Martin Menchaca and Eric West of Deer Park High School.

 

 

 

 

 

When is the next Houstonfest?

 

Saturday,

February 3, 2018,

8:00 a.m.

 

Where is Houstonfest?

 

Heights High School

413 E. 13th Street

Houston, TX 77008

 

Link to Texas State German Contest