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
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.
Changes and Updates for 2024
The following changes flow primarily from the State Steering Committee
meeting held on May 20, 2023:
There are very few changes for this
year - no new events, no discontinued events, no price increases!
The contests will be on the usual dates at
the usual places:
Saturday, February 3, Heights High School and State
on Saturday, February 24, Texas State University in San Marcos.
The only rule change is that in
Timed Writing, you
may now enter 2 students per level (increased from 1 per level).
The judging criteria (not the rules) were
edited in Digital Logo
Dialogue, Duet Acting
(very minor), Photography
(very minor), Poetry
Reading (very minor),
Prose Reading (very minor), and
Sight Reading. The purpose of most of these edits was simply
to standardize all judged events (except Folk Dance and Einzeltanz) as having
5 judging criteria worth 20 points each.
This year's Einzeltanz is the
Markländer Schottische (first used in 2019). The dance notes, the
music, and a video are
The special topic for
Pass auf! this year is
Heritage Sites and Intangible Heritage Elements in Austria, Germany, and
Switzerland. Here are two links
to get you started:
Intangible Heritage Elements. Note: you may also see information on the
UNESCO website about Biosphere Preserves and Global Geoparks, but those two
UNESCO lists are NOT included in the special topic.
Mary El-Beheri Scholarship at the State level will be increased to
$1000 (from previously $500) and the selection process will take into
account more criteria than just sweepstakes points, although sweepstakes
points earned over the years will still be a major factor. The State website
has not been updated to reflect these changes yet.
Gail Cope Teacher Grants (awarded statewide to help schools purchase items
for contest preparation) will now be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the
school year. There is no longer a particular application window or deadline.
However, grants will still be limited to a maximum of $500 per school year for
any particular school.
I still need to confirm with the Houston
Saengerbund whether they will continue to provide funds to underwrite our
scholarship program and the transportation grants that were introduced last
year. Their board is voting on it in September.
At the State level, the
promotional video contest with its $250 prize will be continued after 4
videos were entered last year. It had been in danger of being discontinued due
to lack of participation in previous years, but we need to see continued
participation. Get started early working on your
video for this year!
seven virtual events worked well last year and will continue with no
changes this year. Submissions will be due one week before the date of contest (for
Houstonfest, that will be on Saturday,
January 27, 2024, 9:00 a.m.).
I'm not sure this message got out
sufficiently last year, so I'll include it again this year: We now allow exchange students from
German-speaking countries to compete in
some events that are primarily
cultural in nature (rather than language-based). Alternatively, or perhaps in
addition, they are still welcome to serve as judges (inform director Rustin
Buck of their desire to judge and have them fill out the judging interest
Remember to use these email
addresses for Houstonfest director Rustin Buck (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and State director Jennifer Christianson (email@example.com).
We will continue to use online Google Sheets to register
for Houstonfest, as we did last year for the first time.
As soon as you know for sure that you will be entering Houstonfest (or even
suspect that you might),
email Rustin Buck
to request a link to a Google Sheet registration spreadsheet that will be
unique for your school. Please do not wait until the last minute to request a
link. You may request the link at any time (even as early as November or
December) even if you don't intend to fill out the form right away, so that
you'll have it when you do get ready to fill it out. Since the Google Sheet
is a shared document, there is no particular moment when
you "submit" it, but the director requests that you send him a quick email
when you deem the form to be substantially complete. However, you may continue
making updates (drops, adds, changes) in the Google Sheet on a rolling basis
up to Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at 9:00 p.m. After that point, your editing
access will be changed to "view only" and your registration will be finalized.
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 3, 2024
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street, Houston, TX
Link to Texas State German Contest
State German Contest on Facebook
State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group