News and Updates
Houstonfest Scholarships -
Scholarships at State
What's new for 2018
Tips for Pair Discussion
Arrival at Heights High School
Plays will be performed at Houstonfest
Daily log of changes to
Fri., Mar. 9, 2018:
Scholarship applications due.
Mon., April 30, 2018:
Teacher Grant applications due.
Fri., Jan. 18, 2019: 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).
Fri., Jan. 25, 2019: Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet
for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.
Mon., Jan. 28, 2019:
Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final
verification and changes.
Tue., Jan. 29, 2019::
Research Papers due
by 11:59 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 30, 2019,
8:00 p.m.: Deadline to submit changes (adds,
drops, substitutions). After this point, no more additions or
substitutions will be allowed in individual events. Substitutions in group events may continue in emergency situations.
Thur., Jan. 31, 2019:
Videos due to
Mark Johnson by 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 2, 2019:
Feb. x, 2019:
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. in
order to qualify for early-bird price of $10 per student. Online
registrations submitted after this point incur the regular registration fee of $12
per student. Also, deadline to apply for the
Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship.
Feb. x, 2019:
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m.
(regular deadline). Also, postmark deadline for State payment, regardless
of whether you completed your online registration by the early-bird or the
Feb. x, 2019: Entries for promotional video contest due to State director Jennifer Christianson
Sat., Feb. 23, 2019:
Texas State German
Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos.
Sat., Mar. 2, 2019:
Founded in 1980, Houstonfest
is an annual competition for Houston-area students in grades 8
through 12 who are learning German. It offers 42 contests for
students in German I, II, III, IV, and V, including written and oral
tests, declamation, drama, art, and music. There are also
categories for "advantaged speakers."
Registration is accepted only from German
teachers registering their participating students as a group; we do not
accept registration from individual students. In 2018 we had 704 students
from 24 schools registered.
Entrants placing in the top five in each
event at Houstonfest, traditionally held on the first Saturday of
February, advance to the
State German Contest, traditionally held on the last Saturday of
February. At State, Houstonfest's winners compete against the
winners of Texas’ other two regional German competitions,
for the Dallas and North Texas area and
the Central and South Texas area.
Brochure about Texas German contest system
for schools new to Houstonfest
Due to a scheduling conflict at Heights High
School, our usual location, we held Houstonfest 2018 at
Hogg Middle School, but we should be back at
Heights in 2019.
State was on February 24 at Texas
State University in San Marcos, and schools from the Houstonfest region
did exceedingly well!
After competition is over and while everyone is waiting for
the awards to be tabulated, we usually have
entertainment by the band
Das ist lustig and members of the folk dance group Keine Kunst.
Heritage Festival (March 23-25, 2018) traditionally invites winning Chorus, Folk Dance, and Polka Band groups
as well as Vocal Soloists to perform at their festival each year and makes donations to the German Clubs of all schools that
perform. The practice of displaying the top three prize-winners in
the art events and paying cash prizes to the students has been
discontinued until further notice.
The logo in the header is the
winning entry from the
Digital Logo Design
contest held at Houstonfest 2018. It is by Margaret
McCarty of Clear Creek High School.
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 2, 2019
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street
Houston, TX 77008
Link to Texas
State German Contest