News and Updates
Special Rules and Procedures for the 2021 Remote Contest
Scholarships at State
Tips for Pair Discussion
Arrival at Heights High School
Plays will be performed at Houstonfest
Daily log of changes to
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
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,
Fri., Mar. 12, 2021:
Scholarship applications due.
Fri., April 30, 2021:
Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.
February 6, 2021
Registration for 2021's remote version of Houstonfest will open in January 2021.
To register, simply fill out this
(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
know. Here is a sample form if you
have any questions about how to fill out the registration form (it's a
sample of the pre-pandemic form rather than the unique 2021 form, but the
concept is the same).
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
15, 2021. (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 16, to Monday, January 25, 2021. Late registration will not
be accepted after 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2021.
Regardless of whether you submit your
e-mail registration by the regular or the late deadline, your payment
check should be
postmarked by Monday, January 25, 2021.
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:
Sugar Land, TX
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.
[Not applicable for 2021, but generally: 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
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
Upon receiving your registration form, the
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, make the changes in the registration
spreadsheet that you originally submitted and email the updated spreadsheet
It is OK if you end up sending the spreadsheet multiple times. The
director will just keep deleting the previous one you sent and substituting
the new one.
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 6, 2021
Due to COVID-19, the 2021 contest will be conducted entirely REMOTELY.
Link to Texas
State German Contest
State German Contest on Facebook