News and Updates


Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list


Houstonfest Scholarships: Winners Posted


Scholarships at State


What's new for 2020


Arrival at Heights High School


Lunch options


Plays will be performed at Houstonfest


Teacher-to-Teacher Tips


Tips for Pair Discussion


Photo Gallery 2014



Important Dates


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 to David Kniess 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 Houstonfest !


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 Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.


Fri., Mar. 13, 2020:  Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.


Thur., April 30, 2020:  Gail Cope Spring Teacher Grant applications due.


Sun., Nov. 15, 2020:  Gail Cope Fall Teacher Grant applications due.

Advantaged Speakers


“Advantaged speakers” are students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • They have lived in a German-speaking country six weeks or more at one time since the age of 13.

  • They reside with a native speaker of German who regularly speaks German at home.

  • They speak German at home.

  • They regularly (annually or biannually) visit or have visited a German-speaking country, visiting German-speaking homes.

  • They have attended a school where all subjects were taught in German for one or more years.

No 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

  • Prose memory, advantaged category

  • Skit, level 4 (inform judges as to which actors are advantaged)

  • Puppet show, upper level (inform judges as to which actors are advantaged)

  • Play (inform judges as to which actors are advantaged)

  • Most 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, directed dialogue, duet acting, grammar, listening comprehension, oral presentation, Pass auf!, pair discussion, photo essay, 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


Where is Houstonfest?


Heights High School

413 E. 13th Street

Houston, TX 77008


Link to Texas State German Contest


Texas State German Contest on Facebook