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Important Dates


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 !


Fri., Feb. 8, 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.


Fri., Feb. 15, 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. Also, deadline to submit entries for promotional video contest 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.


Fri., Mar. 8, 2019 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.


Tue., April 30, 2019 Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.

Sweepstakes and Other Awards


Besides the awards given in the various contests, we award a number of comprehensive prizes.


Sweepstakes:  In 2018 returned to the "old" sweepstakes system in order to be consistent with the other two regional contests and the State contest. In this system, schools receive sweepstakes points for each event in which they place in the top 10 (see table below). Schools are classified as "Large Schools" or "Small Schools" based on how many students are enrolled in German classes at the school. For 2018, schools with 100 or more students in German classes were in the Large category and schools with 99 or fewer students in German classes were in the Small category, but the cut-off point is subject to change every year. Trophies were awarded in 2018 to the top 8 schools in the Large School division and the top 5 schools in the Small School division.


The Klein aber fein trophy goes to the school with the highest ratio of sweepstakes points to number of students entered among those schools entering between 5 and 15 students.


Money prizes of $100 go to the "rookie school" with the highest number of sweepstakes points and to the "rookie teacher" whose school earns the highest number of sweepstakes points. A "rookie school" is defined as a school that has not entered Houstonfest in the previous five years, and a "rookie teacher" is defined as a teacher who has never entered students in Houstonfest before the current year.


Houstonfest uses the same system of awarding sweepstakes points that is used at the Texas State German Contest. The sweepstakes system was thoroughly revised beginning with the 2012 contests. Sweepstakes points are awarded for first through tenth place in each event, which means that even students who place tenth are contributing sweepstakes points to their school's cause. The table below shows how sweepstakes points are awarded.







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Folk Dance (Group), Varsity Pass auf!, Play 30 27 24 21 18 16 14 12 10 8
Duet Acting, Puppet Show, Skit, Video 20 18 16 14 12 10 9 8 7 6
Chorus, Contemporary Music, Directed Dialogue, Extemporaneous Speaking, Folk Dance (Einzeltanz), Oral Presentation, Pair Discussion, Novice Pass auf!, Polka Band 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
Classical Ensemble, Club Album, Culture, Grammar, Photo Essay, Poetry Memory, Prose Memory, Research Paper, Scavenger Hunt, Vocal Solo, Written Test for Advantaged Speakers 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Crafts, Digital Logo Design, Doll Costume, Gingerbread House, Listening Comprehension, Needlework, Original Models, Photography, Poetry Reading, Poster, Prose Reading, Reading Comprehension, Sight Reading, Shirt Design, Spelling, Vocabulary 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

When is the next Houstonfest?



February 2, 2019


Where is Houstonfest?


Heights High School

413 E. 13th Street

Houston, TX 77008


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