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:
Scholarships at State
Gail Cope Scholarships
teacher Gail Cope (formerly of W.T. White High School in Dallas) generously
funds scholarships for the top winners at the Texas State German Contest.
Scholarship winners are determined by the number of sweepstakes points the
students earn for their schools by winning first- through fifth-place awards.
Scholarships of $500, $400, $300, $200, and $100 are awarded.
Each teacher is allowed to nominate one student per year for this
scholarship. The nomination process is quite simple, and teachers are
encouraged to participate in this wonderful program.
For more information,
Scholarships page of the State website.
Mary El-Beheri Memorial
A scholarship of at least $500 is given
annually in memory of founding State director
Mary El-Beheri (1938-2012).
The scholarship goes only to a current
senior who has attended State at least three years (including the current
year) and intends to continue his/her study of German after high school.
Each school is allowed to submit up to three nominees.
submitted the week after the regional contests, i.e., the application
process occurs BEFORE State and not afterwards.
Judging is based on the sweepstakes points that
the nominee has earned in his/her best three years of attending State.
Nominees will indicate what they won at all previous State contests on the
application, and their results at the current year's State contest will be
added to the mix in the tab room before the winner is determined.
The finalists are recognized on
stage and the winner announced at the
State awards ceremony.
Payment is made directly to the institution where the winner enrolls to
See the State
website for the
rules and application form.
Mary El-Beheri German Heritage Essay Award
Research Papers at State
The winners of first through fifth place
in the research paper contest at the Texas State German Contest receive
scholarships funded by the
Heritage Society (GTHS) and the Texas State German Contest. Amounts are $500 for first, $250 for
second, $125 for third, $100 for fourth, and $75 for fifth.
Click here for more information.
GTHS website for more
information about the benefits of membership or to join. You can download
a membership application there by clicking on the "Join" button. Teachers
are encouraged to join, but teacher membership is not a requirement for students
to win a scholarship.
Texas German Society
While this contest is not directly related to
Houstonfest, we are pleased to help the Texas German Society
annual essay contest,
which awards scholarships of $1000, $750, and $500. The
entry deadline is April 5, 2018.
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 2, 2019
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street
Houston, TX 77008
Link to Texas
State German Contest