News and Updates


Scholarships at State


Houstonfest Scholarships - winners posted!


What's new for 2019


Teacher-to-Teacher Tips


Tips for Pair Discussion


Arrival at Heights High School


Lunch options


Plays will be performed at Houstonfest


Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list


Photo Gallery 2014



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.





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Arrival instructions


Map of the Heights campus (will be posted shortly before contest)


General instructions for judges

(other than Pass auf! and written-test proctors)


General Schedule 2019
7:15-7:30 a.m.

Judges who are not teachers check in and pick up judging packets in the Teaching Theater. Complimentary donuts, kolaches, fruit, coffee, juice, soda, and water will be served.

7:30-8:00 a.m. Teachers check in and pick up judging packets in the Teaching Theater.
8:05-8:20 a.m. Brief but important judges' meeting in the Teaching Theater.
7:30 -

8:30 a.m.

Students should set up their art entries and sign up for times to compete in chorus, classical ensemble, contemporary music, directed dialogue, duet acting, extemporaneous speaking, oral presentation, pair discussion, poetry memory/reading, polka band, prose memory/reading, scavenger hunt, sight reading, and vocal solo.  The sign-up lists will be posted on the doors of the rooms.
8:30 a.m. Contests begin. Judging of art events begins. The art area is off-limits to everyone except judges until judging is finished (and folk dance teams, who will enter the dance room via a staircase in the art area).
9:00 a.m. Digital Logo Designs, Research Papers, and Videos must be turned in to the library on the first floor by this time.
9:30-11:00 a.m. Advantaged Speaker Test: all contestants MUST arrive by 9:30; this is the only opportunity of the day to take the test, and there is no late admission.
9:30 a.m. -

2:00 p.m.

Written testing: 9 sessions beginning 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30.
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Teachers and students are invited to view the art entries as soon as all art judging is complete. "Look but don't touch!"
12:30 -

1:00 p.m.

Most contests end. Written tests and Novice Pass auf! end at 2:00. Varsity Pass auf! ends at 3:00.
  Lunch at our on-campus vendors.
1:30-1:45 p.m. Retrieve art entries (not earlier, not later). Gather in the auditorium.
2:00 p.m. Entertainment by the band Das ist lustig, members of the folk dance troupe Keine Kunst, and selected student groups in the auditorium.
~3:45 p.m. Announcement of awards in the auditorium.


Judging Assignments
Event Room Judges
Advantaged Speaker Test M318 Deanna Castro, Jennifer Martin
Chorus, Classical Ensemble Choir Room Brian Berlin, Siegfried Schoen
Club Album Art Hallway Jo Brugger, Yvonne Thomas
Contemporary Music A171 Jeremy Beaty, Jule Schlüter, Cristina Solano Barroso
Crafts Art Hallway Ute Krappen-Clancy, Alisa Lechtaler
Culture M326 Alex Hasen, Miaeda Hutchinson
Digital Logo Design Library Brandon Collins, Trina Powers, Markus Wimmer
Directed Dialogue 1 A250 Alison Wimmer-Schmieder, Arletta Beard
Directed Dialogue 2 A252 Yulet Fidan, Heidi Hoth
Doll Costume Art Hallway Anette Czagany, Renee Grant
Duet Acting 1, 3 M244 Katharina Kley, Michael Rossow
Duet Acting 2, 4 M246 Brenda Bauske, David Brenner
Extemp. Speaking facilitators A113 Piper Horrell, Fred Davalos (reliever), Marina Rossow (reliever)
Extemp. Speaking 3 A110 Anja Drewes, Heike Kelleher, Dietmar Neidhardt
Extemp. Speaking 4 A112 Birgit Arentsen, Manuela Hammar, Hubert Rast
Extemp. Speaking Advant. A115 Nike Schachtebeck, Lena Schaetzel, Hans Sunder
Folk Dance (Einzel and Group) G216 Zach Brown, Alexis Kokines, Erich Wolz
Folk Dance (Einzel and monitor) G216 Kaity Nelson
Gingerbread House (Non-Trad.) Art Hallway Phillip Kubsch, Fiona Lindgren
Gingerbread House (Trad.) Art Hallway Linda Gabrielson, Emily Parrott
Grammar M320 Basel Najjar, Brett Ohmstede
Listening Comprehension M308 George Rissky, Lara Sterzik Fink & friend
Needlework Art Hallway Judy Gordon, Alexandra Wirth
Oral Presentation A117 Alex Loddoch, Michael Meinersmann, Susanne Salas
Original Models Art Hallway Bernard Gordon, Kurt Uhlendorf, Victoria Zinn
Pair Discussion M212 Ursula Adams, Elmy Biermanns, Hanne-Lore Sunder
Pass auf! (Novice) A210 Lauren Davis, Hendrik Loebel, Sarah Smith
Pass auf! (Varsity) A213 Kurt Bauske, Max Huisman, Ben Teare
Photo Essay Art Hallway Ella Einike, Friedhelm Luening
Photography Art Hallway Julia Burke, Annett Gray, Hannes Rieger
Play M130 Kathrin Correll, Reyna Ledet
Poetry Memory 1,

Prose Reading 4

M211 Elke Crow, Sebastian Gobel
Poetry Memory 2,

Prose Memory 3

M214 Sara Hajikhani, Miranda James
Poetry Memory 3,

Prose Memory 2

M215 Franz Ehrhardt, Manuela Richardson
Poetry Memory 4,

Prose Reading 1

M216 Burhanuddin Calcuttawala, Kerstin Vaessen
Poetry Memory Advantaged,

Poetry Reading 4

M226 Mike Hannig, Katharina Upchurch
Poetry Reading 1,

Prose Memory 1

A212 Taleed Atieh, Heidi Lloyd
Poetry Reading 2 A215 Victoria Henecka, Jason Moore
Poetry Reading 3 A217 Chuck Bearden, Barbara Homann, Kurt Strack
Polka Band Band Hall Dusty Brown, Valina Witte
Poster Art Hallway Kim Mickelson, Ulrike Peto
Prose Memory 4,

Prose Reading 2

A236 Heidi Kirby, Sarai Macedo
Prose Memory Advantaged,

Prose Reading 3

A238 Sylvia Longoria, Mary Pilot
Puppet Show M144 Marjan DeGraaff, Bobby Gervais, Owen Shortt
Reading Comprehension M316 Ellie Bragg, Haley Keating
Research Paper Library Diana Meyer, William Richardson, Steve Wynne
Scavenger Hunt M218 Seth Hulse, Anke Meyer
Shirt Design Art Hallway Jeanette Gillen, Bianca Reich
Sight Reading 1 A150 Sonja Cooper, Lisa Parrott
Sight Reading 2 A152 Manuela Mann, Juergen Mueller
Sight Reading 3 A136 Rachel Newman, Thomas Schmidtchen
Sight Reading 4 A138 Julie Schneller, Kathleen Sison
Skit 1, 4 M145 Fatima Baig, Michael Ott, Karen Schmidt
Skit 2, 3 M131 Casey Grant, Julia Ibold
Spelling M315 David Mercer, Tim Walter (grader), Victoria Zinn (grader, after finishing Original Models)
Video Library Heinz Schmidt, Niklas Stratmann
Vocabulary M314 Clarissa Alvarez & friend
Vocal Solo G223 Taylor Atchley, Tara Mitchell
Contingency plan for no-shows: Pull any judge from any of the events with three judges.
Director (Tabulation: Teacher Lounge) Rustin Buck
Assistant to directors Ann Marie Schrock, Lisa Ganguly
Tabulation room assistants Laura Dunn, Laura Braun
Tabulation room (intake and bags) Debbie Ott, Milind Talpallikar, Andrea Fox, Ansen Sobrinho, Michelle LaDoucieur, Dolon Das, Arun Lall, Saida Prasla, Utpal Ganguly
Art monitors Josie Madden, Tom Madden
Written testing supervisor (Scantron: M310) David Kniess
Written testing assistants Beverly Randall, Anastasia Gleason
Host Mark Johnson


Room Finder

(This list is a bit more user-friendly than the list above if you are looking for a room number.)

Advantaged Speaker Test M318   Poetry Reading 1 A212
Chorus Choir Room Poetry Reading 2 A215
Classical Ensemble Choir Room Poetry Reading 3 A217
Club Album Art Hallway Poetry Reading 4 M226
Contemporary Music A171 Polka Band Band Hall
Crafts Art Hallway Poster Art Hallway
Culture M326 Prose Memory 1 A212
Digital Logo Design - turn in Library Entrance Prose Memory 2 M215
Digital Logo Design - judging Library Prose Memory 3 M214
Directed Dialogue 1 A250 Prose Memory 4 A236
Directed Dialogue 2 A252 Prose Memory Advant. A238
Doll Costume Art Hallway Prose Reading 1 M216
Duet Acting 1, 3 M244 Prose Reading 2 A236
Duet Acting 2, 4 M246 Prose Reading 3 A238
Ext. Speaking - get topic A113 Prose Reading 4 M211
Ext. Speaking 3 - judging A110 Puppet Show M144
Ext. Speaking 4 - judging A112 Reading Comprehension M316
Ext. Speaking Adv. - judging A115 Research Paper - turn in Library Entrance
Folk Dance (Einzel & Group) G216 Research Paper - judging Library
Gingerbread House Art Hallway Scavenger Hunt M218
Grammar M320 Scantron Room M310
Listening Comprehension M308 Shirt Design Art Hallway
Needlework Art Hallway Sight Reading 1 A150
Oral Presentation A117 Sight Reading 2 A152
Original Models Art Hallway Sight Reading 3 A136
Pair Discussion M212 Sight Reading 4 A138
Pass auf! (Novice) A210 Skit 1, 4 M145
Pass auf! (Varsity) A213 Skit 2, 4 M131
Photo Essay Art Hallway Spelling M315
Photography Art Hallway Tabulation Room Teacher Lounge
Play M130 Video - turn in Library Entrance
Poetry Memory 1 M211 Video - judging Library
Poetry Memory 2 M214 Vocabulary M314
Poetry Memory 3 M215 Vocal Solo G223
Poetry Memory 4 M216    
Poetry Memory Advant. M226    
Listening Comprehension Schedule Lower Level (1 & 2):  9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30

Upper Level (3 & 4):  10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00

Spelling Schedule Lower Level (1 & 2):  10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00

Upper Level (3 & 4):  9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30


Group Schedule

Play, M130

Skit 1, M145

Skit 4, M145

8:50 Morton Ranch 8:30 Kingwood 10:20 The Woodlands
9:30 The Woodlands 8:45 Tompkins 10:40 Morton Ranch
10:10 Kingwood 9:05 Deer Park 11:00 Bellaire
  9:20 Heights 11:20 Deer Park
Puppets (Lower), M144 9:40 Morton Ranch 11:40 Clements
8:30 Heights 9:55


12:10 Kingwood
8:50 Travis   12:30 Tompkins
9:20 Morton Ranch Skit 2, M131  
9:40 Kingwood 8:30 Deer Park Folk Dance (Einzeltanz), G216
10:10 The Woodlands 8:45 Kingwood 8:55 Deer Park
10:30 Clements 9:00 Morton Ranch 9:05 The Woodlands
  9:20 The Woodlands 9:20 Kingwood
Puppets (Upper), M144 9:35 Heights 9:30 Tompkins
11:00 Kingwood 9:50 Tompkins 9:40 Bellaire
11:20 Heights     9:55 Clements
11:50 The Woodlands   10:05 Morton Ranch
12:10 Clements Skit 3, M131  
12:30 Morton Ranch 10:35 Kingwood Folk Dance (Group), G216
  10:55 Morton Ranch 8:30 Morton Ranch
Note: Students will choose their own times for the other group events (chorus, classical ensemble, contemporary music, duet acting, pair discussion, polka band, and scavenger hunt). 11:15 Bellaire 10:25 Deer Park
11:35 Tompkins 10:50 Tompkins
12:00 Heights 11:20 Kingwood
    11:45 Heights
    12:10 The Woodlands
Novice Pass auf! schedule Varsity Pass auf! schedule


Students in all drama events and folk dance MUST do everything possible to adhere to the scheduled performance times.  They should, in fact, arrive 10 minutes BEFORE their scheduled time to get all props, etc. ready, so that when the previous group finishes, they can march right in and get on with the show.  The students should structure the entire rest of their day around their scheduled drama times.


If a cast member is involved in a Pass auf! game when the drama event is scheduled to start, he/she needs to leave the Pass auf! game and go to the drama event.  Pass auf! teams can continue to compete with fewer than five members if necessary.

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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