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What's new for 2019


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Arrival at Heights High School


Lunch options


Plays will be performed at Houstonfest


Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list


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Important Dates


Fri., Mar. 8, 2019 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.


Tue., April 30, 2019 Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.


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 !


x, Feb. x, 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.


x, Feb. x, 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.



Houstonfest Registration

February 2, 2019

Registration is now closed for 2019.  See you in 2020!

  • To register, simply fill out this registration form (Excel spreadsheet):  click on the link, save the spreadsheet to your computer, fill it out, save it again, and then e-mail it as an attachment to

  • PLEASE USE Lastname, Firstname FORMAT FOR ENTERING STUDENT NAMES.  If you do not have access to a computer on which Excel is installed, let the director know.  Here is a sample form if you have any questions about how to fill out the registration form.

  • The only thing you need to send by regular mail is your payment check.  You may wish to enclose a print-out of the first page of the registration form, but there is no need to enclose all the pages.

  • Send the regular fee of $10 per student if your registration form is e-mailed by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019.  (But your payment check doesn't have to be in the mail by then -- see two bullets down.)

  • Send the late fee of $12 per student if your registration form is e-mailed during the period from Saturday, January 19, to Friday, January 25, 2019.  Late registration will not be accepted after 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 25.

  • Regardless of whether you submit your e-mail registration by the regular or the late deadline, your payment check should be postmarked by Friday, January 25, 2019.

  • Make your check payable to "Houstonfest" or "Texas State German Contests, Inc. dba Houstonfest," depending on how your school district has us set up in its vendor system.  For a personal check, "Houstonfest" is sufficient.

  • Mail payment to:


2507 Slippery Rock Dr.

Sugar Land, TX  77498-1909

  • Incentives for new schools to participate:  We will waive the registration fee for up to 5 students from any school that has not attended Houstonfest in the last 5 years, and these schools will pay the regular price of $10 for any students beyond the first 5, even if they enter during the "late" registration period.  Also, teachers who are brand new to Houstonfest may request to be excused from judging for the first year so that they can move freely around the contest and see how things work.  Contact director Rustin Buck to take advantage of these offers; the registration spreadsheet is not set up to reflect them.

  • No registration fees will be refunded for any reason.

  • Upon receiving your registration form, the director will make every effort to send you a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours.  If you don't receive a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours, please contact the director.

  • If you have additions, deletions, or other changes to your roster of participants, please simply describe the changes in an e-mail rather than editing and resubmitting the Excel spreadsheet.  (Why?  Because once you submit your registration spreadsheet, the data gets manipulated in a number of complicated ways and dumped into the director's mega-spreadsheet, and once that has been done, it is easier for the director to make your changes one at a time "by hand" in his mega-spreadsheet than to start over slicing and dicing your revised spreadsheet.)

  • Rationale for registration via Excel spreadsheet:  Having everyone use an identical spreadsheet format for submitting the student names allows the director to use the information more efficiently (totaling up participant numbers, making participant lists for the judges, etc.).

When is the next Houstonfest?



February 8, 2020


Where is Houstonfest?


Heights High School

413 E. 13th Street

Houston, TX 77008


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