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Important Dates


Fri., Jan. 18, 2019:  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).


Fri., Jan. 25, 2019:  Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.


Mon., Jan. 28, 2019 Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final verification and changes.


Tue., Jan. 29, 2019: Research Papers due to David Kniess by 11:59 p.m.


Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 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., Jan. 31, 2019: Videos due to Mark Johnson by 6:00 p.m.


Sat., Feb. 2, 2019 Houstonfest !


Feb. x, 2019 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.


Feb. x, 2019 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.


Feb. x, 2019:  Entries for promotional video contest due to State director Jennifer Christianson


Sat., Feb. 23, 2019 Texas State German Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos.


Sat., Mar. 2, 2019 Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.


Mar. x, 2019 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.


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

Houstonfest Scholarships


2018 Winners


$500: Sai Odinga, Clements High School (109 sweepstakes points)

$450: Piper Horrell, Morton Ranch High School (104 sweepstakes points)

$400: Karolis Vaiciulis, Cinco Ranch High School (83 sweepstakes points)

$350: Shelby Wiecker, The Woodlands High School (77 sweepstakes points)

$300: Dagny Carlsson, Heights High School (76 sweepstakes points)

$100: Charlotte Rissky, Tompkins High School (69 sweepstakes points)

  $50: Nasya Hewlett, Clear Lake High School (26 sweepstakes points)



·         Scholarships of $500, $450, $400, $350, and $300 will be awarded.

·         The deadline for entry is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

·         Any student currently in 11th or 12th grade who placed in the top five in three or more events at Houstonfest 2019 is eligible.  (Students who win a scholarship as juniors are eligible to be nominated again their senior year, but if they win their senior year, their total winnings over the two years will be capped at $500.  The philosophy here is to spread the wealth around.  For instance, if a student wins $350 as a junior and then qualifies for a $400 scholarship the following year, he/she will receive $150 the second year, for a two-year total of $500, and the remaining $250 the second year will go to create a scholarship for someone else further down in the rankings.)

·         The student must be nominated by his/her German teacher.

·         Each school may nominate only one student.

·         The entry must be submitted on this downloadable form as an e-mail attachment to rustin.buck@fortbendisd.com.  Tip:  click the link, then save the form to your computer before editing and e-mailing it.

·         Scoring will be based solely upon how many sweepstakes points the student contributed to his/her school’s sweepstakes total, with the following provisions:

o       Only points earned for 1st through 5th place will be considered.  Points earned for 6th through 10th place will NOT be considered.

o       Only the original placing will be considered.  If a student who placed 6th through 10th in a particular event later became eligible for State because someone in 1st through 5th place dropped out of that event, that event will not be considered.

o       Individual events and group events are treated equally, i.e., enter the full number of sweepstakes points earned for each event, regardless of whether the student worked on the event alone or in a group.

o       The accuracy of your entries may be checked against the results spreadsheet and the alpha lists submitted at the time of registration for Houstonfest.  Inaccurate or dishonest entries will result in the disqualification of the application.

·         Sweepstakes points can be found on the original results spreadsheet.  

·         Ties will be broken by the 100 words or less written by the nominating teacher.

·         Scholarship payment will be in the form of a check made out to the student and mailed to the teacher by April 1, 2019.


Past Recipients



$500:  Erik Halsband, The Woodlands High School

$450:  Adrianna Navia, Clements High School

$400:  Collin Setzer, Kingwood High School

$350:  Matthew McGrenera, College Park High School

$300:  Rachel Pham, Cinco Ranch High School

$100:  Spring Agnew, Deer Park High School

  $75:  Cole Thompson, Tompkins High School

  $50:  Alexandra Bellon, Tomball High School



$500:  Lexi Kokines, The Woodlands High School

$450:  Hans Lammeman, Tompkins High School

$400:  Cindy Yongoueth, Clements High School

$350:  Anqi Lou, Kingwood High School

$100*:  Madison Ledoux, Deer Park High School

$125:  Susana Simmonds, Cinco Ranch High School

  $75:  Juan Huerta, Morton Ranch High School

* The fifth-place award would normally have been $300, but because Madison won a $400 scholarship in 2015 and because the lifetime limit per student is $500, she received $100 in 2016.  This allowed us to use the remaining $200 to award smaller scholarships for sixth and seventh places.



$500 - Burhanuddin Calcuttawala, Clements High School

$450 - Scott Stevens, College Park High School

$400 - Madison Ledoux, Deer Park High School

$350 - Allison Williamson, Kingwood High School

$200 - Jason Timmins, Brazoswood High School

$200 - Alec Schillinger, Tompkins High School



$500 - Desserai Ramos, Deer Park High School

$450 - Jeremy Beaty, Clements High School

$400 - Robyn Morison, The Woodlands College Park High School

$350 - Madeline Jasper, Brazoswood High School



$500 - Juli Scamardo, Clements High School

$450 - Darien Higgins, Kingwood High School

$400 - Jenny Baglio, Friendswood High School

$350 - José Antonio Jiménez Rocha, Seven Lakes High School

$300 - Zach Brown, Deer Park High School

$200 - Aundrea Westfall, The Woodlands College Park High School

$150 - Emily Grant, Cinco Ranch High School

$100 - Madeline Jasper, Brazoswood High School

$100 - Stephanie Hoffman, Clear Lake High School



$500 - Halla Bearden, Bellaire High School

$450 - Britt Montross, Deer Park High School

$400 - Ethan Mader, Clements High School

$350 - Hannah Aergerter, Kingwood High School

$300 - Stephen Schilter, Friendswood High School

Honorable mention, $50 each:

José Antonio Jiménez Rocha, Seven Lakes High School

Anna Clawson, The Woodlands College Park High School

Lynsie Patschke, Taylor High School



$500 - Callie Parrott, Deer Park High School

$450 - Miranda James, Clements High School

$400 - Connor Heaton, Cy-Fair High School

$350 - Kaitlyn Berreth, Seven Lakes High School

$300 - Nikita Viswasam, Cinco Ranch High School



1. $500 - Ana Builes, Clements High School

2. $100* - Luke Chen, Seven Lakes High School

3. $400 - Jessie Jones, Deer Park High School

4. $350 - Philip Meyer, Cinco Ranch High School

T5. $325 - Samantha Birchard, Taylor High School

T5. $325 - Tracilynn Roberts, Langham Creek High School

* The second-place award would normally have been $450, but because Luke won a $400 scholarship in 2009 and because the lifetime limit is $500, he received $100 in 2010.  This allowed us to award 6 scholarships instead of 5.



$500 - Stephanie Sladek, Kingwood High School

$450 - Alice Lin, Clements High School

$425 - Garrett Steiger, Friendswood High School

$400 - Luke Chen, Seven Lakes High School

$375 - Daniel McBride, Deer Park High School



$500 - Brian Clark, Clements High School

$450 - Amalie Barras, Cy-Fair High School

$400 - Courtney Svatek, Taylor High School

$350 - Abby Spitzer, Cy Woods High School

$250 - Lucas Center, Westside High School

When is the next Houstonfest?



February 2, 2019


Where is Houstonfest?


Heights High School

413 E. 13th Street

Houston, TX 77008


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