News and Updates
Houstonfest Scholarships -
Scholarships at State
Special Rules and Procedures for the 2021 Remote Contest
Tips for Pair Discussion
Arrival at Heights High School
Plays will be performed at Houstonfest
Daily log of changes to
Sat., Mar. 6, 2021:
State online awards ceremony
Fri., Mar. 12, 2021:
Scholarship applications due.
Fri., April 30, 2021:
Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.
The rest of this will be updated for 2022 some time soon:
Sat., Jan. 16, 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.
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.
Thur., Feb. 11, 2021:
Houstonfest online awards show emailed to teachers.
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.
Mon., Feb. 22, 2021: State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. at
regular price of
$12/student. Also, entries for
promotional video contest
due to State director Jennifer Christianson by 8:00 p.m. and deadline to
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.
The Play contest will not
be offered in 2021, but this page remains here for future use.
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 5, 2022
Due to COVID-19, the 2021 contest was conducted entirely REMOTELY. We hope to be
back at our usual venue, Heights High School in Houston, in 2022.
Link to Texas
State German Contest
State German Contest on Facebook