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.
Daily Log of
Changes to State-Qualifier List
After Houstonfest, some schools and individuals
opt not to attend State for various reasons. Teachers should inform the
Houstonfest director as soon as possible if their school as a whole or any
individuals from their school will not participate in State. When this happens, the name
of each entry that will not attend State is dropped from the state-qualifier
list, and the next entry (from places 6-10) is moved up. These changes are
reflected in the results spreadsheet, but for the convenience of teachers who
are watching for changes that affect their students, this page will also contain
a log of the changes made each day. Whenever possible, the Houstonfest director
will also contact the teacher of anyone who can move up to inform them directly.
Clarification of policy effective
starting in 2023: If a student who qualifies for State cannot
physically attend the State contest, follow these procedures:
For individual in-person
events (written tests, one-person oral tests, poetry memory, prose memory,
vocal solo), you must inform the Houstonfest director so that he can drop your
student and move up the next student from places 6-10. You do NOT have the
option to replace the student in such events with someone else from your
For any of the 7 virtual
events (digital logo design, oral presentation, photo essay, poetry
reading, prose reading, research paper, video show), the entry is already complete
(although you're certainly welcome to revise/improve it before State if you
so enter the student in State and submit the virtual entry for them (or they
can submit it themselves), even though they are not attending in person. If
you opt not to enter it after all, inform the Houstonfest director.
For non-virtual art events,
enter the student in State and bring the project to State for them, even
though they are not attending in person. If you opt not to enter it after all,
inform the Houstonfest director.
For pair events (duet
acting, Einzeltanz, pair discussion), if ONE member of a pair from your
school cannot physically attend State but the other one can, you may replace
the one who can't attend with another student from your school from an
appropriate level (if applicable), provided that the replacement student is
not already part of another pair entering that same event at State. If BOTH
members of a pair cannot attend State, you must inform the Houstonfest
director that you are dropping that event.
For group events (those
with three or more participants), you may replace a student who cannot
physically attend State with another student from your school from an
appropriate level (if applicable).
In all cases where one student
replaces another at State, reflect the change in your State alpha list
and be aware that the judges will make no special accommodations for
replacement students joining a group at the last minute (e.g., they will be
penalized if they have to read from a script or sheet music in an event that
Changes made on
Doe (y HS) from
move up Jane Smith (x HS).
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 3, 2024
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street, Houston, TX
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