News and Updates


Houstonfest Scholarshipswinners announced!


Changes and updates for 2022 including procedures for online contest


State Promo Video Contest


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


"Leidenschaft der Aussprache" Pronunciation Contest


Scholarships at State


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


Photo Gallery


Arrival at Heights High School


Lunch options


Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list



Important Dates


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 opens for 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 due 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, 2022Houstonfest (virtual) -  submissions of art and recordings due by 9:00 a.m., some 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 for regular price of $12/student. Also, 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, 202240th 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 links!)


Tue., Mar. 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  Remote State judging ends


Sat., Mar. 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Houstonfest Scholarship applications due. State awards video released.


Fri., Mar. 11, 2022 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.


Sat., April 30, 2022 Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.

The 2022 contest will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the following information is left here for future years.


Arrival at Heights High School


Maps to help you navigate


If you're coming by CAR or VAN, enter the campus from 14th Street, at the northwest corner of the campus, near Arlington (see maps at link above).  Please do NOT park on the streets surrounding the campus.  There is plentiful parking in the two-level garage right in the heart of the campus.  This will keep Heights High School's neighbors happy and prevent you from getting your car towed!


If you are coming by BUS, please plan your approach to Heights High School this way:  Make your way to Studewood, and from Studewood, turn west onto 13th Street (see maps at link above).  That way, all the buses will be arriving from the same direction (from the east headed west), and that's the ideal direction, because it puts you unloading on the correct side of the street.  If you come in on 13th from the west heading east, you're going to create congestion and unsafe unloading conditions in front of the school.


After your bus has dropped you off, the bus can circle back around and park in the student parking lot on the opposite side of 13th Street from the school, next to the tennis courts, a little east of the school.


If the student lot fills up, our official suggestion is for the buses to park at Houston ISD's Delmar Stadium/Dyer Stadium sports complex near the intersection of Highway 290 and Loop 610, which has ample parking.  Google says it takes about 14 minutes to get there from Heights.  My suggestion would be to head west on 11th Street and turn right onto Hempstead Road, which leads straight there.  Turn right off Hempstead Road just past the now-closed Northwest Mall onto Mangum.  Your driver is of course free to seek out somewhere else to park, as well, but please, not on the streets in the neighborhood around Heights High School.

When is the next Houstonfest?



February 4, 2023


Where is Houstonfest?


Heights High School in Houston


Link to Texas State German Contest


Texas State German Contest on Facebook


Texas State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group