News and Updates

 

Changes and updates for 2023 - important!

 

Houstonfest Scholarships

 

Scholarships at State

 

State Promo Video Contest

 

Arrival at Heights High School

 

Lunch options

 

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

 

"Texas State German Contest at 40" newsletter series (full of tips for contest prep and Pass auf! study material)

 

Tips for Pair Discussion

 

Photo Gallery

 

Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list

 

 

Important Dates

 

Tue., Jan. 17, 2023, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for regular price of $12/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/23).

 

Mon., Jan. 23, 2023, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for late price of $15/student. Deadline to postmark Houstonfest payment.

 

Sat., Jan. 28, 2023, 9:00 a.m.:  Submission of entries in the 7 virtual Houstonfest events due (get link to Google Form from your teacher).

 

Tue., Jan. 31, 2023, 11:59 p.m.:  Remote judging of the 7 virtual Houstonfest events ends.

 

Wed., Feb. 1, 2023, 9:00 p.m. Houstonfest changes (adds, drops, substitutions) due. After this point, no more changes will be allowed.

 

Sat., Feb. 4, 2023 Houstonfest, Heights High School, Houston

 

Fri., Feb. 10, 2023, 11:59 p.m.:  State online registration due for "early bird" price of $12/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 2/15).

 

Wed., Feb. 15, 2023, 11:59 p.m.:  State online registration due for regular price of $15/student. Deadline to postmark State payment.

 

Sat., Feb. 18, 2023, 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 applications due.

 

Mon., Feb. 20, 2023, 8:00 p.m.:  Entries in promotional video contest due to State director.

 

Tue., Feb. 21, 2023, 11:59 p.m.:  Remote judging of the 7 virtual State events ends.

 

Sat., Feb. 25, 2023Texas State German Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos

 

Sat., Mar. 4, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.

 

Sun., Mar. 12, 2023 Gail Cope State Scholarship applications due.

 

Sun., April 30, 2023 Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.

Advantaged Speakers

 

"Advantaged speakers" are students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Altered for 2023:  They have lived in a German-speaking country six weeks or more at one time since the age of 6.

  • They reside with a native speaker of German who regularly speaks German at home.

  • They speak German at home.

  • They regularly (annually or biennially) visit or have visited a German-speaking country, visiting German-speaking homes.

  • They have attended a school where the majority of subjects were taught in German for one or more years.

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

  • Oral Presentation (virtual event), advantaged category (new in 2023)

  • Poetry memory, advantaged category

  • Prose memory, advantaged category

  • Puppet show, upper level (inform judges as to which actors are advantaged)

  • Skit, level 4 (inform judges as to which actors are advantaged)

  • Most 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, directed dialogue, duet acting, grammar, listening comprehension, Pass auf!, pair discussion, photo essay, 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.

 

New in 2023:  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 peers.

When is the next Houstonfest?

 

Saturday,

February 4, 2023

 

Where is Houstonfest?

 

Heights High School

413 E. 13th Street, Houston, TX 77008

 

Link to Texas State German Contest

 

Texas State German Contest on Facebook

 

Texas State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group