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.

Plays at Houstonfest


The official rules say that plays are performed only at State, unless there are more than three entries, in which case a competition may be held at the regional level.  At Houstonfest, however, it is a general policy that we will always perform plays at Houstonfest, regardless of how many are entered.  (There are usually more than three plays entered in Houstonfest anyway.)  Performing the plays at Houstonfest gives the students valuable practice in preparation for State (and also a looming deadline to get them in gear!).


Don't worry if your play is not in tip-top shape by Houstonfest or if you can perform only a portion of what you plan to perform at State.  Just put the best product on stage that you can for Houstonfest.


If, when registration closes, there are five or fewer plays entered, schools who have entered will be contacted by the director and given the option to perform and compete for a trophy and sweepstakes points at Houstonfest or NOT to perform and to receive an automatic bid to State (but of course receiving no sweepstakes points or trophy at the Houstonfest level).  Schools are definitely encouraged to perform, but only if they can make a good-faith effort; the judges will have the latitude to find that an attempted performance is so lacking in merit that it does not deserve sweepstakes points or a trophy (but may still advance to State) -- for instance, if the performance lasts only a few minutes or if most or all of the actors are reading their lines from a script.


If six or more plays are entered, all entering schools will need to perform at Houstonfest.

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