News and Updates
Scholarships at State
- winners posted!
What's new for 2019
Tips for Pair Discussion
Arrival at Heights High School
Plays will be performed at Houstonfest
Daily log of changes to
Fri., Mar. 8, 2019:
Scholarship applications due.
Tue., April 30, 2019:
Teacher Grant applications due.
Fri., Jan. 17, 2020: Regular deadline to submit registration
spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have
to be mailed until 1/27).
Mon., Jan. 27, 2020: Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet
for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.
Mon., Feb. 3, 2020:
Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final
verification and changes.
Tue., Feb. 4, 2020:
Research Papers due
by 11:59 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 5, 2020,
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., Feb. 6, 2020:
Videos due to
Mark Johnson by 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 8, 2020:
x, Feb. x, 2020:
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.
x, Feb. x, 2020:
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. Also, deadline to submit entries for
promotional video contest to State director Jennifer Christianson.
Sat., Feb. 29, 2020: Leap into the Texas State German Contest !
Sat., Mar. 7, 2020:
Changes to Rules
and Procedures Effective for 2019
The changes described below flow from the
Houstonfest steering-committee meeting held on May 12, 2018, and the State
steering-committee meeting held in Dallas on August 4, 2018.
Houstonfest returns in 2019 to
its normal location,
Heights High School in Houston.
We will continue to invite
and have a concession stand
to provide lunch.
Bubble Soccer will not return
this year. It's fun, but supervising it also takes up valuable teacher
and adult-volunteer time that we need in other areas. It could return in
some future year.
Incentives for new schools to participate
(continued from 2017 and 2018): We will waive the registration fee for up to 5 students from any school that has
not attended Houstonfest in the last 5 years, and new schools will pay the
regular price of $10 for any students beyond the first 5, even if they enter
during the "late" registration period. Also, teachers who are brand new to Houstonfest may request to be excused from judging for the first year so that
they can move freely around the contest and see how things work. Contact
Rustin Buck to take advantage of these offers; the registration spreadsheet
is not set up to reflect them.
Contemporary Music entries
can now have anywhere from 1 to 5 students
(previously 1 to 4).
Duet Acting selections
can now be scenes from movies or TV
if you choose to use such scenes, you will need to find or create a
transcription of the scene to submit as a script to the judges.
implementing the plan developed at the 2017 "folk dance summit" to start a
four-year rotation of different dance genres for the
Einzeltanz contest. The
prescribed dance had been the Heidauer Plattler since the inception of the
contest, but this year (2019), the prescribed dance will be a Schottische.
The dance instructions, the music, a video of the dance, and the revised
critique sheet have been
posted here. Other new genres will be introduced in 2020
and 2021, and we will then start the rotation over with the Plattler in 2022.
will advance to State this year! Please, encourage your students to
enter. This event is
excellent practice for the AP exam. The
picture for 2019
has now been posted.
Pass auf! updates: Proverbs will be dropped
from the Odds & Ends category but idioms will be retained (stay
tuned for a list of common idioms to study). This is the third year that we will have an annual theme about
which there will be at least one 50-point question per round. The theme for
2019 is German-Americans.
The rules for
Play were edited to
explicitly list operas/operettas as eligible texts.
We’re adding an Advantaged Speaker
for advantaged speakers only,
a long written test that will encompass the disciplines covered in all our
other tests: grammar, culture, listening, reading, vocabulary, and spelling.
Rules are now posted.
For the second year, the State contest invites schools to
submit a promotional
2 minutes) to help us promote the contest system. Other than the time limit,
it’s wide-open as to what you put in it. The goal is to motivate someone
(student or teacher) who has never been to German contest to want to come, so
tell the world why
you love German contest! Last
year’s winner is posted on the State
top videos will be shown and voted on at the State awards assembly, and the
winning entry will receive a cash prize (increased to $250 from last year's
value of $100). The deadline to submit a video to State director Jennifer
Christianson is Friday, February 15, 2019.
Click here for the contest guidelines.
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 8, 2020
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street
Houston, TX 77008
Link to Texas
State German Contest
State German Contest on Facebook