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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.
Scavenger Hunt will not
be offered in 2021, but this page remains here for future use.
1 team per school; 2 to 4 contestants (4 is highly recommended);
a team may have 1
upper-level student (German III or above) IF the team consists of 4
members but NOT if the team consists of 2 or 3 members, and no advantaged
speakers may be on a team.
The time limit for both parts combined is 1 hour. Teams may split their time
between Parts One and Two in any way, but 35 minutes for Part One and 25 minutes
for Part Two are recommended. Time Penalties: For each team member who
exceeds the 1-hour time limit up to 5 minutes, 20 points will be deducted from
his/her quiz score. If any team member exceeds the time limit by more than 5
minutes, the entire team will be disqualified.
There are TWO
parts to the event. Team members will work together on Part One but individually
on Part Two. All team members must be present for all of both parts. Each team
should have at least one SmartPhone or tablet (iPad, etc.) with a digital QR-code
reader app already installed, but it is recommended that each team member have
his/her own such device along with earbuds or headphones.
Follow written German directions to find four QR codes posted around the
contest venue. At each of the four stations, teams will use their devices to
access a video (max. 3 minutes per video). All team members should view all
videos. (See General Instructions for
more details.) Total video running time is about 12 minutes.
Each team member will complete a written quiz independently. The quiz will have
4 multiple-choice questions and 1 question requiring a written German response
based on each of the 4 videos that have been viewed (20 items total). The
questions are in German. (See General
Instructions for more details.) All team members' scores will be averaged to
obtain the team's final score.
Download General Instructions.
Download helpful vocabulary.
Download critique sheet.
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