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.
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.
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
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
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street
Houston, TX 77008
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