News and Updates
Daily log of changes to
Houstonfest Scholarships: Winners
Scholarships at State
What's new for 2020
Arrival at Heights High School
Plays will be performed at Houstonfest
Tips for Pair Discussion
Fri., Jan. 17, 2020: Regular deadline to submit registration
spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have
to be mailed until 1/27).
Mon., Jan. 27, 2020: Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet
for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.
Mon., Feb. 3, 2020:
Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final
verification and changes.
Tue., Feb. 4, 2020:
Research Papers due
by 11:59 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 5, 2020,
8:00 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.
Thur., Feb. 6, 2020:
Videos due to
Mark Johnson by 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 8, 2020:
Fri., Feb. 14, 2020:
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.
Fri., Feb. 21, 2020:
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. Also, deadline to submit entries for
promotional video contest to State director Jennifer Christianson.
Sat., Feb. 29, 2020: Leap into the Texas State German Contest !
Sat., Mar. 7, 2020:
Fri., Mar. 13, 2020:
Scholarship applications due.
Thur., April 30, 2020:
Spring Teacher Grant applications due.
Sun., Nov. 15, 2020:
Gail Cope Fall Teacher Grant applications due.
speakers” are students who meet one or more of the following criteria:
have lived in a German-speaking country six weeks or more at one time since
the age of 13.
reside with a native speaker of German who regularly speaks German at
speak German at home.
regularly (annually or biannually) visit or have visited a German-speaking
country, visiting German-speaking homes.
have attended a school where all subjects were taught in German for one or
exchange students from German-speaking countries may enter any event at
Houstonfest, including the "advantaged speaker" categories. (They are,
however, welcome to help out as judges.) Exchange students from non-German-speaking
countries may enter events for which they qualify (regular or advantaged,
depending on their circumstances).
It is left
to the professional judgment of the teacher to determine the eligibility of
students. Questions of eligibility should be addressed to the contest director
prior to the contest registration deadline. If a student is designated
advantaged in one event, he/she must be entered as advantaged in all events.
Advantaged speakers may compete
ONLY in the following events:
Advantaged speaker test
Extemporaneous speaking, advantaged category
Poetry memory, advantaged category
memory, advantaged category
level 4 (inform judges as to which actors are advantaged)
Puppet show, upper level (inform judges as to which actors are
(inform judges as to which actors are advantaged)
cultural events: chorus, classical ensemble, club album, contemporary
music (as instrumentalists only, not as vocalists), crafts, digital logo design, doll costume,
folk dance (Einzeltanz or group), gingerbread house, needlework,
original model, photography, polka band, poster, research
paper, shirt design, video. Advantaged speakers may NOT compete in
photo essay or vocal solo.
Just to be
perfectly clear, advantaged speakers are NOT allowed to enter the
following events: contemporary
music as vocalists (but OK as instrumentalists), culture,
Pass auf!, pair
poetry reading, prose
reading, puppet show (lower level), reading comprehension, scavenger hunt, sight
reading, skit (levels 1-3),
spelling, timed writing, vocabulary, and vocal solo.
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 6, 2021
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street
Houston, TX 77008
Link to Texas
State German Contest
State German Contest on Facebook