News and Updates
Changes and updates for 2024 (new!)
Promo Video #1 (students from one school tell why they
Video #2 (one student tells why she loves contest)
Scholarships at State
State Promo Video Contest
Tips for Pair Discussion
Arrival at Heights High School
Daily log of changes to
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).
Tue., Jan. 16, 2024, 11:59
p.m.: 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
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).
Tue., Jan. 30, 2024, 11:59 p.m.: Remote
judging of the 7 virtual Houstonfest events ends.
Wed., Jan. 31, 2024, 9:00 p.m.:
Houstonfest changes (adds,
drops, substitutions) due. After this point, no more changes will be allowed.
Sat., Feb. 3, 2024:
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
regular price of
$15/student. Deadline to postmark State payment.
Sat., Feb. 17, 2024, 9:00 a.m.:
Submission of entries in the 7 virtual State events due (get link to
Google Form from your teacher). Also,
Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship
Mon., Feb. 19, 2024, 8:00 p.m.:
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, 2024:
State Scholarship applications due.
Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications.
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 6.
reside with a native speaker of German who regularly speaks German at
speak German at home.
regularly (annually or biennially) visit or have visited a German-speaking
country, visiting German-speaking homes.
have attended a school where the majority of subjects were taught in German for one or
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, they must be entered as advantaged in all events.
Advantaged speakers may compete
ONLY in the following events:
Advantaged speaker test
Extemporaneous speaking, advantaged category
Presentation (virtual event), advantaged category
Poetry memory, advantaged category
memory, advantaged category
Puppet show, upper level (inform judges as to which actors are
level 4 (inform judges as to which actors are advantaged)
cultural events: classical ensemble, club album, contemporary
music (as instrumentalists only, not as vocalists), crafts, digital logo design, doll costume,
Einzeltanz, folk dance, gingerbread house, needlework,
original model, photography, polka band, poster design, research
paper, shirt design, video show. 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.
Exchange students from German-speaking countries may
not enter any "advantaged speaker" events. However, they may participate in the
following events that are primarily cultural in nature: classical ensemble, club album,
crafts, digital logo design, Einzeltanz, folk dance, gingerbread house,
needlework, original model, photography, polka band, and video show (non-speaking
role or off-camera function only). Alternatively (or perhaps in addition),
they are 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), just like their German-language learning
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 3, 2024
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street, Houston, TX
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State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group