News and Updates


What's new for 2018


Teacher-to-Teacher Tips


Houstonfest Scholarships


Scholarships at State


Tips for Pair Discussion


Arrival at Hogg Middle 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.


Mon., Jan. 29, 2018 Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final verification and changes.


Tue, Jan. 30, 2018 Research Papers due to David Kniess by 11:59 p.m.


Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 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. 1, 2018: Videos due to Mark Johnson by 6:00 p.m.


Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 Houstonfest !


Fri., Feb. 9, 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.


Fri, Feb. 16, 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.


Fri., Mar. 9, 2018 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.



Houstonfest Director (since fall 2007):

Rustin Buck

school e-mail:


(For questions and comments, using my school e-mail listed above rather than will usually get you a faster response, as I cannot check from school, whereas I monitor all day long.  Please use for sending in your registration.)


Shortly before each contest, I give out my cell phone number to the teachers who have registered.  In the meantime, contact me by e-mail.  I am usually very prompt in responding to e-mail.


Use this address for all written correspondence:


2507 Slippery Rock Dr.

Sugar Land, TX 77498-1909


Houstonfest Steering Committee

Amanda Belk, Katy

Rustin Buck*, Clements

Laura Dunn*, The Woodlands

Seth Hulse, Travis

Mark Johnson*, Heights

Heidi Kirby*, Cinco Ranch

David Kniess, Kingwood

Jennifer Martin*, Morton Ranch

Jürgen Müller, Stratford and Westchester Academy

Trina Powers, The Woodlands

Michael Rossow, Bellaire

Yvonne Thomas, Tomball Memorial


* also on State Steering Committee

When is the next Houstonfest?



February 3, 2018,

8:00 a.m.


Where is Houstonfest?


Hogg Middle School

1100 Merrill Street

Houston, TX 77009

(2018 only)


Link to Texas State German Contest