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Daily log of changes to State-qualifier list

 

Houstonfest Scholarships

 

Scholarships at State

 

State promo video contest

 

Changes and updates for 2024

 

Contest promo video #1 (students from one school tell why they love contest)

 

Contest promo video #2 (one student tells why she loves contest)

 

Teacher-to-teacher tips

 

Tips for Pair Discussion

 

Arrival at Kingwood High School

 

Lunch options
 

Photo gallery

 

Important Dates

 

Mon. Jan. 8, 2024, 4:00 p.m.: Application for transportation grants from Houston Saengerbund opens (teachers will be sent a link to a Google Form).

 

Thur., Jan. 18, 2024, 11:59 p.m. (extended by 2 days, previous deadline 1/16):  Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for regular price of $12/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/22).

 

Mon., Jan. 22, 2024, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for late price of $15/student. Deadline to postmark Houstonfest payment.

 

Sat., Jan. 27, 2024, 9:00 a.m.: Submission of entries in the 7 virtual Houstonfest events due (get link to Google Form from your teacher - it was sent to them on Wed., Jan. 24).

 

Tue., Jan. 30, 2024, 11:59 p.m.: Remote judging of the 7 virtual Houstonfest events ends.

 

Wed., Jan. 31, 2024, 9:30 p.m.Houstonfest changes (adds, drops, substitutions) due. After this point, no more changes will be allowed.

 

Sat., Feb. 3, 2024 Houstonfest, Heights High School, Houston.

 

Fri., Feb. 9, 2024, 11:59 p.m.State online registration due for "early bird" price of $12/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 2/14).

 

Wed., Feb. 14, 2024, 11:59 p.m.State online registration due for regular price of $15/student. Deadline to postmark your State payment.

 

Sat., Feb. 17, 2024, 9:00 a.m.: Submission of entries in the 7 virtual State events due (get the link to a Google Form from your teacher; it was emailed to them on 2/7 by the State director). Also, Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship and Sandra Dieckman GTHS Memorial Scholarship applications due (to submit the application, get the link to a Google Form from your teacher; it was emailed to them on 2/10 by the State director).

 

Mon., Feb. 19, 2024, 8:00 p.m.: Entries in State promotional video contest due to State director.

 

Tue., Feb. 20, 2024, 11:59 p.m.: Remote judging of the 7 virtual State events ends.

 

Sat., Feb. 24, 2024 Texas State German Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos.

 

Sat., Mar. 2, 2024, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.

 

Sun., Mar. 10, 2024Gail Cope State Scholarship applications due.

 

rolling basis but no later than Tue., Apr. 30, for payment this school year: submit Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications.

Houstonfest

 

Founded in 1980, Houstonfest is an annual competition for Houston-area students in grades 8 through 12 (and some in grade 7) 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. Because some contests have multiple levels, there are actually 88 different competitions! These include some competitions exclusively for "advantaged speakers" and some that are conducted virtually through online submission. Registration is accepted only from German teachers registering their participating students as a group; we do not accept registration from individual students.

 

We had 483 students from 18 schools registered for Houstonfest 2024 along with at least 130 adult volunteers!

 

Teachers and others from the local German-speaking community serve as judges. If you are interested in serving as a judge, contact director Rustin Buck by email and he'll send you a link to a Google Form to sign up.

 

Entrants placing in the top five in each event at Houstonfest, traditionally held on the first Saturday of February (which was February 3 in 2024), advance to the Texas State German Contest, traditionally held on the last Saturday of February (which will be February 24 in 2024). At State, Houstonfest's winners compete against the winners of the other two Texas regional German competitions, Winterfest for the Dallas and North Texas area and Sprachfest for the Central and South Texas area.

 

Houstonfest is held at Kingwood High School (starting in 2025) and State at Texas State University in San Marcos.

 

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 local professional German folk dancers. The Tomball German Festival also traditionally invites winning 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.

 

For more information:

 

Brochure about Texas German contest system

 

Contest Promo Video #1

(students from one school tell why they love contest)

 

Contest Promo Video #2

(one student tells why she loves contest)

 

Incentives for schools new to Houstonfest

 

Show your love for the Texas German contest system by producing a promotional video and entering our contest.  You could win $250! Click here for the contest guidelines.

 

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The logo in the header is the

winning entry from the

Digital Logo Design

contest held at Houstonfest 2023.

It is by Andrea Duarte Gonzalez of

Kingwood High School.

 

Danke schön

to these organizations who sponsor Houstonfest with monetary or in-kind contributions!

 

 

 

Starbucks

SW Freeway @ Wilcrest

 

 

 

 

When is the next Houstonfest?

 

Saturday,

February 1(?), 2025

 

Where is Houstonfest?

 

Kingwood High School

2701 Kingwood Dr.

Kingwood, TX 77339

(new location in 2025!)

 

Link to Texas State German Contest

 

Texas State German Contest on Facebook

 

Texas State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group