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Special Rules and Procedures for the 2021 Remote Contest

 

Houstonfest Scholarships

 

Scholarships at State

 

Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

 

Tips for Pair Discussion

 

Photo Gallery 2014

 

Arrival at Heights High School

 

Lunch options

 

Plays will be performed at Houstonfest

 

Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list

 

 

Important Dates

 

Fri., Jan. 15, 2021:  Regular deadline to submit registration spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/25).

 

Mon., Jan. 25, 2021:  Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.

 

Mon., Feb. 1, 2021 Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final verification and changes.

 

Wed., Feb. 3, 2021, 8:00 p.m.Deadline to submit changes (adds, drops, substitutions). After this point, no more additions or substitutions will be allowed.

 

Sat., Feb. 6, 2021 Houstonfest (100% remote): some events conducted "live" (online) that day, all others submitted digitally by 9:00 a.m.

 

Sat., Feb. 13, 2021 Houstonfest online awards ceremony, time TBA.

 

Wed., Feb. 17, 2021:  State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. for "early bird" price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed yet). Also, deadline to apply for the Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship and to submit entries for promotional video contest to State director Jennifer Christianson.

 

Mon., Feb. 22, 2021:  State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. at regular price of $12/student.

 

Sat., Feb. 27, 2021:  Texas State German Contest (100% remote): some events conducted "live" (online) that day, all others submitted digitally by 9:00 a.m.

 

Sat., Mar. 6, 2021 State online awards ceremony, time TBA. Also, Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.

 

Fri., Mar. 12, 2021:  Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.

 

Fri., April 30, 2021:  Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.

Rules:  Research Paper

 

Below are the "normal" rules for Houstonfest in a non-pandemic year.  To preserve a record of the normal rules, alterations to the rules for the 2021 remote contest will not be reflected here but rather documented at this link: Special Rules and Procedures for the 2021 Remote Contest.  In a nutshell, however:  Research Paper will be offered in 2021, adapted for the online environment.  We do know that it will not be due until 9:00 a.m. on the day of contest (rather than the previous Tuesday), but the mode of submission is still being determined.

 

Entry Limit:  1 research paper per school, with 1-2 authors

Length Limits:  minimum 700 words, maximum 1000 words, not including title page and Works Cited

Write a research paper in English on an interesting German-Texan cultural and/or historical topic.  The topic should not be commonly known:  a particular person, family, place, building, business, area, group, settlement, organization, church, tradition, activity, practice, etc.  The paper should contribute to a greater understanding of German-Texan history and/or culture.  The entry must be typed and double-spaced and have internal documentation with proper in-text citation and a Works Cited page, as per MLA (Modern Language Association) guidelines.  Follow the rules in the latest MLA Style Sheet, paying special attention to rules for entering Internet sources.  Use at least three sources, at least two of which must be non-Internet.  Digitally-archived sources originally published in hard copy may be counted as non-Internet sources.  Sources should include primary sources and secondary sources.  Primary sources are evidence in the form of artifacts, photos, letters, interviews, music, charts, illustrations, etc. with a direct connection to the era being studied.  They may be personally documented by the contestant(s) (photos taken, interviews recorded) or found in personal collections, archives, libraries, museums, etc.  Secondary sources are documents that discuss or analyze primary sources and topics primarily other academic work.  The contestant's teacher must e-mail a copy of the paper, including the Works Cited, in a Microsoft Word-compatible format to the regional director or his designee by 11:59 p.m. on the Tuesday before the regional contest.  Specific submission instructions will be inserted here.  All entries will be checked for plagiarism via turnitin.com or a similar service.  On the day of contest, submit the following in a sealed 9×12 envelope to the designated room by 9:00 a.m.:  (1) a hard copy of the paper and Works Cited with a title page including the name(s) of the contestant(s), the name of the teacher, the school and city, and the title of the paper (note that even though MLA Style does not call for a title page, we ask for one); (2) a USB drive (labeled with name) that contains only the paper itself, the Works Cited, any visual material, and any digital recordings used as primary sources.  All materials submitted will be returned on the afternoon of contest, but do not include irreplaceable items in your submission.  Download critique sheet.

 

Read about

scholarships for the winners of the Research Paper contest at State!

 

Help with MLA Style:

 

Purdue University MLA Formatting and Style Guide

 

Note:  The judges will have an actual copy of the new edition of the MLA Handbook (8th edition, 2016).  If you use online "cheat sheets" that claim to summarize MLA rules, such as the one linked above, rather than referring to the actual MLA Handbook, you do so at your own risk.  Make sure that any website you are using is based on the new 8th edition from 2016.

 

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When is the next Houstonfest?

 

Saturday,

February 6, 2021

 

Where is Houstonfest?

 

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 contest will be conducted entirely REMOTELY.

 

Link to Texas State German Contest

 

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