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Arrival at Heights High School


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Plays will be performed at Houstonfest


Photo Gallery 2014


Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list



Important Dates


Fri., Mar. 9, 2018 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.


Mon., April 30, 2018 Gail Cope 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 to David Kniess 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 Houstonfest !


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 regular deadline.


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 Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.



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 Texas 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, Winterfest for the Dallas and North Texas area and Sprachfest for the Central and South Texas area.


Brochure about Texas German contest system


Incentives 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.


The Tomball German 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


Where is Houstonfest?


Heights High School

413 E. 13th Street

Houston, TX 77008


Link to Texas State German Contest