News and Updates
Houstonfest Scholarships -
Changes and updates for 2022 including procedures for
State Promo Video Contest
"Texas State German Contest at 40" newsletter
series (full of tips for contest prep and Pass auf!
"Leidenschaft der Aussprache" Pronunciation Contest
Scholarships at State
Promo Video #1 (students from one school tell why they
Video #2 (one student tells why she loves contest)
Tips for Pair Discussion
Arrival at Heights High School
Daily log of changes to
Sat., Jan. 15, 2022, 11:59
p.m.: Houstonfest registration
spreadsheet due for regular price of $10/student (payment does not have
to be mailed until 1/24).
Tue., Jan. 18, 2022, 4:00 p.m.: Registration
pronunciation contest "Leidenschaft der Aussprache" (teachers who submit a
Houstonfest registration by the regular deadline will receive a link to register
for this special contest)
Mon., Jan. 24, 2022, 11:59
p.m.: Houstonfest registration spreadsheet
for late price of $12/student. Deadline to postmark Houstonfest payment.
Wed., Feb. 2, 2022, 8:00 p.m.:
Houstonfest changes (adds,
drops, substitutions) due. After this point, no more changes will be allowed.
Sat., Feb. 5, 2022: Houstonfest
(virtual) - submissions of art and recordings due by 9:00
events conducted live via Zoom
Tue., Feb. 8, 2022, 11:59 p.m.: Remote
Houstonfest judging ends
Fri., Feb. 11, 2022, 4:45 p.m.: Houstonfest
results announced via live-stream (see Results page for a
recording of the awards show)
Wed., Feb. 16, 2022, 11:59 p.m.: State
online registration due for "early bird" price of $10/student (payment does not
have to be mailed until 2/18).
Fri., Feb. 18, 2022, 11:59 p.m.: State online registration due
regular price of
Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship
applications due. Deadline to postmark State payment.
Wed., Feb. 23, 2022, 8:00 p.m.:
Deadline extended: Entries in
promotional video contest
due to State director Jennifer Christianson.
Sat., Feb. 26, 2022:
Annual Texas State German Contest
(virtual) -submissions of art and recordings due by 9:00 a.m., some
events conducted live via Zoom (ask your teacher for the sheet with all the
Tue., Mar. 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m.: Remote State
Sat., Mar. 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:
Houstonfest Scholarship applications due. State awards video released.
Fri., Mar. 11, 2022:
Scholarship applications due.
Sat., April 30, 2022:
Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.
speakers" are students who meet one or more of the following criteria:
have lived in a German-speaking country six weeks or more at one time since
the age of 13.
reside with a native speaker of German who regularly speaks German at
speak German at home.
regularly (annually or biannually) visit or have visited a German-speaking
country, visiting German-speaking homes.
have attended a school where all subjects were taught in German for one or
exchange students from German-speaking countries may enter any event at
Houstonfest, including the "advantaged speaker" categories. (They are,
however, welcome to help out as judges.) Exchange students from non-German-speaking
countries may enter events for which they qualify (regular or advantaged,
depending on their circumstances).
It is left
to the professional judgment of the teacher to determine the eligibility of
students. Questions of eligibility should be addressed to the contest director
prior to the contest registration deadline. If a student is designated
advantaged in one event, he/she must be entered as advantaged in all events.
Advantaged speakers may compete
ONLY in the following events:
Advantaged speaker test
Extemporaneous speaking, advantaged category
Poetry memory, advantaged category
memory, advantaged category
level 4 (inform judges as to which actors are advantaged)
Puppet show, upper level (inform judges as to which actors are
cultural events: chorus, classical ensemble, club album, contemporary
music (as instrumentalists only, not as vocalists), crafts, digital logo design, doll costume,
folk dance (Einzeltanz or group), gingerbread house, needlework,
original model, photography, polka band, poster, research
paper, shirt design, video. Advantaged speakers may NOT compete in
photo essay or vocal solo.
Just to be
perfectly clear, advantaged speakers are NOT allowed to enter the
following events: contemporary
music as vocalists (but OK as instrumentalists), culture,
Pass auf!, pair
poetry reading, prose
reading, puppet show (lower level), reading comprehension, scavenger hunt, sight
reading, skit (levels 1-3),
spelling, timed writing, vocabulary, and vocal solo.
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 4, 2023
Heights High School in Houston
Link to Texas State German Contest
State German Contest on Facebook
State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group