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Special Rules and Procedures for the 2021 Remote Contest


Houstonfest Scholarships


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Plays will be performed at Houstonfest


Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list



Important Dates


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.


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 $12/student.


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, Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.


Fri., Mar. 12, 2021:  Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.


Fri., April 30, 2021:  Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.

Rules:  Scavenger Hunt


Scavenger Hunt will not be offered in 2021, but this page remains here for future use.


Entry Limit:  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.


Time Limit:  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.


Part One:  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.


Part Two:  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.

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Download critique sheet.

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When is the next Houstonfest?



February 6, 2021


Where is Houstonfest?


Due to COVID-19, the 2021 contest will be conducted entirely REMOTELY.


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