News and Updates


Houstonfest Scholarships - winners posted!


Scholarships at State


Special Rules and Procedures for the 2021 Remote Contest


Teacher-to-Teacher Tips


Tips for Pair Discussion


Photo Gallery 2014


Arrival at Heights High School


Lunch options


Plays will be performed at Houstonfest


Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list



Important Dates


Sat., Mar. 6, 2021 State online awards ceremony posted. Also, Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.


Fri., Mar. 12, 2021:  Gail Cope 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 postmark payment.


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 schedule for the remote version of Houstonfest in 2021 will be entirely different than usual.  The schedule from 2020 further down is left here as a model for a non-pandemic year.


Here is the final schedule for the live online events in 2021.

The director will provide teachers the corresponding Zoom links for each event,

and the teachers will relay them to their students.



General Instructions for Judges (specifically for 2021)


Judging Assignments 2021

Some people are judging 1 event while others (who volunteered to do so) are judging 2 events.

I didn't have to assign anyone to judge 3 events, although some people were willing.

Proctors of the live online events (via Zoom) on Saturday, 2/6, are listed at the end of the table.

Proctors, with 1 exception (Hulse), do not have to judge anything.

Much more information about your assignment(s) will be shared with you via email.

Event Judges
Club Album Kaity Nelson, George Rissky?, Lexie Uhlendorf
Contemporary Music Dusty Brown, Jennifer Martin, Brittany Updegrave
Crafts Dave Kunisch, Kim Mickelson, Lexie Uhlendorf
Digital Logo Design Morgann Cooper, Dave Kunisch, Kaity Nelson
Directed Dialogue 1 Anja Green, Ute Hoefel, Cornelia Kueffner
Directed Dialogue 2 Elmy Biermanns, Heidi Hoth, Rachel Newman
Doll Costume Anette Czagany, Renate Schnell, Lexie Uhlendorf
Duet Acting, Lower Level Brenda Bauske, Kurt Bauske, Julia Castillo
Duet Acting, Upper Level Fatima Baig, Kathrin Correll, Anja Drewes
Extemporaneous Speaking 3 Lizzy Brydon, Manuela Hammer, Michael Ott
Extemporaneous Speaking 4 Susanne Dreyer, Saskia Mehlhorn, Susanne Salas
Extemporaneous Speaking Advantaged Lena de la Rosa, Josephine Drewes, Michael Rossow
Gingerbread House (Non-Traditional) Sarai Macedo, Mitchel Marine, Renate Schnell
Gingerbread House (Traditional) Bernard Gordon, Charlotte Rissky, Lia Rodi
Needlework Amanda Adams, Bernadette Gronister, Gretchen Hoffman
Oral Presentation Zola Lopeman, Barbara Lott, Dietmar Neidhardt
Original Models Bernard Gordon, George Rissky, Heinz Schmidt
Pair Discussion Mark Johnson, Heinz Schmidt, Stanley Stifflemire
Photo Essay Lars Grabow, Lisa Parrott, Christiane Salvador
Photography Kim Mickelson, Julia Nolte, Charlotte Rissky
Poetry 1 Taleed Atieh, James Howell, Martina Luke-Dorn
Poetry 2 Burhanuddin Calcuttawala, Morgann Cooper, Owen Shortt
Poetry 3 Franz Ehrhardt, Barbara Homann, Kelsee Jahns
Poetry 4 Diana Bangert, Julia Nolte, Fabian von Eichel-Streiber
Poetry Advantaged Sebastian Göbel, Edeltraud Lloyd, Maike Nawroth
Poster Design Fiona Lindgren, George Rissky, Valina Witte
Prose 1 Amanda Adams, Steffi Sladek, Steve Wynne
Prose 2 Alan Jones, Edeltraud Lloyd, Aaron Rollins
Prose 3 Heidi Keschenat, Kurt Strack, Denise Tanner
Prose 4 David Brenner, Kurt Uhlendorf, Kerstin Vaessen
Prose Advantaged Barbara Lott, Thomas Schmidtchen, Alexandra Wirth
Research Paper Dusty Brown, Lizzy Brydon, Saskia Mehlhorn
Shirt Design Gretchen Hoffman, Fiona Lindgren, Valina Witte
Sight Reading 1 Lisa Parrott, Aaron Rollins, Fabian Zimmermann
Sight Reading 2 Zola Lopeman, Steffi Sladek, Kurt Uhlendorf
Sight Reading 3 Fatima Baig, Owen Shortt, Rebecca Weitzenhoffer
Sight Reading 4 Lena de la Rosa, Friedhelm Luening, Kerstin Vaessen
Timed Writing 1 Heidi Kirby, Friedhelm Luening, Alison Wimmer
Timed Writing 2 Ute Hoefel, Seth Hulse, Alexandra Wirth
Video David Brenner, Mitchel Marine, Fabian Zimmermann
Vocal Solo Michael Hernandez, Sindhu Sathees, Skyler Westgarth
Proctor Team 1 (TW1 & 2, PairD) Hannah Henry, Seth Hulse
Proctor Team 2 (DD2 & 1) Laura Braun, Sandy Harvey
Proctor Team 3 (Extemp 4, 3, Adv) Lauren Davis, Sarah Murray
Proctor Team 4 (SR1 & 2) Miranda James, Tara Mackenzie
Proctor Team 5 (SR3 & 4) Birgit Arentsen, Juergen Mueller





Everything from here down is from 2020 and irrelevant for 2021:


Printer-friendly schedule - Word

Printer-friendly schedule - PDF

(fits on one page front-and-back)


Arrival instructions


Map of the Heights campus (will be posted a few days before contest)


General instructions for judges

(other than Pass auf! and written-test proctors)


General Schedule 2020
7:15-7:30 a.m.

Judges who are not teachers check in and pick up judging packets in the Teaching Theater. Complimentary donuts, kolaches, fruit, coffee, juice, soda, and water will be served.

7:30-8:00 a.m. Teachers check in and pick up judging packets in the Teaching Theater.
8:05-8:20 a.m. Brief but important judges' meeting in the Teaching Theater.
7:30 -

8:30 a.m.

Students should set up their art entries and sign up for times to compete in chorus, classical ensemble, contemporary music, directed dialogue, duet acting, extemporaneous speaking, oral presentation, pair discussion, poetry memory/reading, polka band, prose memory/reading, scavenger hunt, sight reading, and vocal solo.  The sign-up lists will be posted next to the doors of the rooms.
8:30 a.m. Contests begin. The first of two sessions for Timed Writing begins. Judging of art events begins. The art area is off-limits to everyone except judges until judging is finished (and folk dance teams, who will enter the dance room via a staircase in the art area).
9:00 a.m. Digital Logo Designs, Research Papers, and Videos must be turned in to the library on the first floor by this time. The second of two sessions for Timed Writing begins.
9:30-11:00 a.m. Advantaged Speaker Test: all contestants MUST arrive by 9:30; this is the only opportunity of the day to take the test, and there is no late admission.
9:30 a.m. -

2:00 p.m.

Written testing: 9 sessions beginning 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30.
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Teachers and students are invited to view the art entries as soon as all art judging is complete. "Look but don't touch!"
12:30 -

1:00 p.m.

Most contests end. Novice Pass auf! ends at 1:30. Written tests and Varsity Pass auf! end at 2:00.
  Lunch at our on-campus vendors.
1:30-1:45 p.m. Retrieve art entries (not earlier, not later). Gather in the auditorium.
2:00 p.m. Entertainment by the band Das ist lustig.
~3:45 p.m. Announcement of awards in the auditorium.


Judging Assignments
Event Room Judges
Advantaged Speaker Test Teaching Theater  
Chorus, Classical Ensemble Choir Room  
Club Album Art Hallway  
Contemporary Music G208  
Crafts, Original Models Art Hallway  
Culture M346  
Digital Logo Design Library  
Directed Dialogue 1 A150  
Directed Dialogue 2 A152  
Doll Costume Art Hallway  
Duet Acting 1, 4 A171  
Duet Acting 2, 3 A175  
Extemp. Speaking facilitators A115  
Extemp. Speaking 3, Advant. A113  
Extemp. Speaking 4 A117  
Folk Dance (Einzel and Group) G216  
Folk Dance facilitator G216  
Gingerbread House

(Non-Traditional and Traditional)

Art Hallway  
Grammar M320  
Listening Comprehension M308  
Needlework Art Hallway  
Oral Presentation A217  
Pair Discussion M142  
Pass auf! (Novice) A210  
Pass auf! (Varsity) A215  
Photo Essay, Shirt Design Art Hallway  
Photography Art Hallway  
Play M130  
Poetry Memory 1, 4 A271  
Poetry Memory 2, 3 A273  
Poetry Memory Advantaged,

Poetry Reading 4

Poetry Reading 1 A276  
Poetry Reading 2 A278  
Poetry Reading 3,

Prose Memory Advantaged

Polka Band Band Hall  
Poster Art Hallway  
Prose Memory 1,

Prose Reading 3

Prose Memory 2,

Prose Reading 1

Prose Memory 3,

Prose Reading 2

Prose Memory 4,

Prose Reading 4

Puppet Show M144  
Reading Comprehension M316  
Research Paper Library  
Scavenger Hunt A173  
Sight Reading 1 A110  
Sight Reading 2 A112  
Sight Reading 3 A136  
Sight Reading 4 A138  
Skit 1, 4 M145  
Skit 2, 3 M131  
Spelling M315  
Timed Writing M345  
Video Library  
Vocabulary M318  
Vocal Solo G223  

Contingency plan for no-shows: Pull any judge from any of the events with three judges.

Director (Tabulation: Teacher Lounge) Rustin Buck
Help with check-in  
Refreshment cart and lunch  
Art monitors  
Tabulation (data entry in library)  
Tabulation (intake and bagging in lounge)  
Written testing supervisor (Scantron: M310) David Kniess
Written testing assistants  
Host Mark Johnson


Room Finder

(This list is a bit more user-friendly than the list above if you are looking for a room number.)

Advantaged Speaker Test Teaching Theater   Poetry Reading 1 A276
Chorus Choir Room Poetry Reading 2 A278
Classical Ensemble Choir Room Poetry Reading 3 A250
Club Album Art Hallway Poetry Reading 4 A275
Contemporary Music G208 Polka Band Band Hall
Crafts Art Hallway Poster Art Hallway
Culture M346 Prose Memory 1 A252
Digital Logo Design - turn in Library Entrance Prose Memory 2 A236
Digital Logo Design - judging Library Prose Memory 3 A238
Directed Dialogue 1 A150 Prose Memory 4 A212
Directed Dialogue 2 A152 Prose Memory Advant. A250
Doll Costume Art Hallway Prose Reading 1 A236
Duet Acting 1, 4 A171 Prose Reading 2 A238
Duet Acting 2, 3 A175 Prose Reading 3 A252
Ext. Speaking - get topic A115 Prose Reading 4 A212
Ext. Speaking 3 - judging A113 Puppet Show M144
Ext. Speaking 4 - judging A117 Reading Comprehension M316
Ext. Speaking Adv. - judging A113 Research Paper - turn in Library Entrance
Folk Dance (Einzel & Group) G216 Research Paper - judging Library
Gingerbread House Art Hallway Scantron Room M310
Grammar M320 Scavenger Hunt A173
Listening Comprehension M308 Shirt Design Art Hallway
Needlework Art Hallway Sight Reading 1 A110
Oral Presentation A217 Sight Reading 2 A112
Original Models Art Hallway Sight Reading 3 A136
Pair Discussion M142 Sight Reading 4 A138
Pass auf! (Novice) A210 Skit 1, 4 M145
Pass auf! (Varsity) A215 Skit 2, 3 M131
Photo Essay Art Hallway Spelling M315
Photography Art Hallway Tabulation Room (data) Library
Play M130 Tabulation Room (intake) Teachers Lounge
Poetry Memory 1 A271 Timed Writing M345
Poetry Memory 2 A273 Video - turn in Library Entrance
Poetry Memory 3 A273 Video - judging Library
Poetry Memory 4 A271 Vocabulary M318
Poetry Memory Advant. A275 Vocal Solo G223
Advantaged Speaker Test Schedule only at 9:30 (lasting until 11:00)
Listening Comprehension Schedule Lower Level (1 & 2):  9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30

Upper Level (3 & 4):  10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00

Spelling Schedule Lower Level (1 & 2):  10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00

Upper Level (3 & 4):  9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30

Timed Writing Schedule Levels 1 & 2:  only at 8:30 and 9:00


Group Schedule

Play, M130

Skit 1, M145

Folk Dance (Einzeltanz), G216

9:00   8:40   8:40  
9:40   8:55   8:50  
10:15   9:15   9:05  
  9:30   9:15  
Puppets (Lower), M144   9:25  
8:45   Skit 2, M131 9:40  
9:05   9:30   9:50  
9:30   9:45    
9:50   10:05   Folk Dance (Group), G216
10:15   10:20   10:20  
  10:40   10:45  
Puppets (Upper), M144 10:55   11:15  
8:30     11:40  
10:50   Skit 3, M131 12:10  
11:10   8:40    
11:35   9:00   Note: Students will choose their own times for the other group events: chorus, classical ensemble, contemporary music, duet acting, pair discussion, polka band, and scavenger hunt.

Novice Pass auf! schedule



Varsity Pass auf! schedule

Skit 4, M145


Students in all drama events and folk dance MUST do everything possible to adhere to the scheduled performance times.  They should, in fact, arrive 10 minutes BEFORE their scheduled time to get all props, etc. ready, so that when the previous group finishes, they can march right in and get on with the show.  The students should structure the entire rest of their day around their scheduled drama times.


If a cast member is involved in a Pass auf! game when the drama event is scheduled to start, he/she needs to leave the Pass auf! game and go to the drama event.  Pass auf! teams can continue to compete with fewer than five members if necessary.

When is the next Houstonfest?



February 5, 2022


Where is Houstonfest?


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


Texas State German Contest on Facebook