News and Updates
What's new for 2017
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Plays will be performed at Houstonfest
Arrival at Heights High School
Scholarships at State
Daily log of changes to
Jan. 18, 2017: 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).
Jan. 25, 2017: Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet
for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.
Jan. 30, 2017:
Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final
verification and changes.
Jan. 31, 2017:
Research Papers due
by 11:59 p.m.
Feb. 1, 2017, 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.
Feb. 4, 2017:
Feb. 10, 2017:
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. 17, 2017:
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. 25, 2017:
Texas State German
Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos.
Mar. 4, 2017:
Scholarship applications due.
Mar. 10, 2017:
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. We had 668 students
from 24 schools competing in 2016.
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. Click
here for a brochure that
explains the Texas German contest system in more detail.
will be on February
Heights High School (the new name of the former Reagan High School)
will be on February 25 at Texas
State University in San Marcos.
After competition is over while everyone is waiting for
the awards to be tabulated, we usually have
entertainment by the band
Das ist lustig.
Heritage Festival (March 31 - April 2, 2017) 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. In addition,
they display the top three prize-winners in Club Album,
Crafts, Doll Costume, Needlework, Original Model, Photo Essay,
Photography, Poster, and Shirt
Design at the festival, and cash prizes of $35, $30, and $25 are awarded to 1st,
2nd, and 3rd place respectively.
The logo in the header is the
winning entry from the
Digital Logo Design
contest held at Houstonfest 2016. It is by Chris
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 4, 2017,
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street
Houston, TX 77008
Link to Texas
State German Contest