News and Updates
Houstonfest Scholarships -
Changes and updates for 2022 including procedures for
State Promo Video Contest
"Texas State German Contest at 40" newsletter
series (full of tips for contest prep and Pass auf!
"Leidenschaft der Aussprache" Pronunciation Contest
Scholarships at State
Promo Video #1 (students from one school tell why they
Video #2 (one student tells why she loves contest)
Tips for Pair Discussion
Arrival at Heights High School
Daily log of changes to
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
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
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, 2022: Houstonfest
(virtual) - submissions of art and recordings due by 9:00
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
regular price of
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, 2022:
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
Tue., Mar. 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m.: Remote State
Sat., Mar. 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:
Houstonfest Scholarship applications due. State awards video released.
Fri., Mar. 11, 2022:
Scholarship applications due.
Sat., April 30, 2022:
Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.
February 5, 2022
Registration for 2022 is now closed.
To register, simply fill out this
(Excel spreadsheet): click on the link, save the spreadsheet to your
computer, fill it out, save it again, and then e-mail it as an attachment to
PLEASE USE Lastname, Firstname FORMAT FOR ENTERING STUDENT NAMES. If you do not have access to a computer on which Excel is installed, let the
know. Here is a sample form if you
have any questions about how to fill out the registration form (it's a
sample of the pre-pandemic form rather than the unique 2021 form, but the
concept is the same).
The only thing you need to send by regular mail is your
payment check. You may wish to enclose a print-out of the first page of the registration form,
but there is no need to enclose all the pages.
Send the regular fee of $10 per
student if your registration form is e-mailed by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, January
15, 2022. (But your payment check doesn't have to be in the mail
by then -- see two bullets down.)
Send the late fee of $12 per student
if your registration form is e-mailed during the period from Sunday,
January 16, to Monday, January 24, 2022. Late registration will not
be accepted after 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 24, 2022.
Regardless of whether you submit your
e-mail registration by the regular or the late deadline, your payment
check should be
postmarked by Monday, January 24, 2022.
Teachers must collect and submit this
and Release of Liability form for each student who participates in a
regional contest. The forms of all students participating from each
school must be scanned or otherwise consolidated into ONE document
(preferably PDF) and submitted to the regional contest director before the
date of the regional contest
Google Form. The same document can later be submitted to the State
director for the State contest.
If you need an invoice, email director
Rustin Buck to request one.
Make your check payable to "Houstonfest"
or "Texas State German Contests, Inc. dba Houstonfest," depending on
how your school district has us set up in its vendor system. For a
personal check, "Houstonfest" is sufficient.
Mail payment to:
Sugar Land, TX
Incentives for new schools to participate:
We will waive the registration fee for up to 5 students from any school that has
not attended Houstonfest in the last 5 years, and these schools will pay the
regular price of $10 for any students beyond the first 5, even if they enter
during the "late" registration period. In non-pandemic years, teachers who are brand new to Houstonfest may
also request to be excused from judging for the first year so that
they can move freely around the contest and see how things work, but that is not
relevant in 2022. Contact
Rustin Buck to take advantage of these offers; the registration spreadsheet
is not set up to reflect them.
No registration fees will be refunded for
Upon receiving your registration form, the
will make every effort to send you a confirmation e-mail within 24
hours. If you don't receive a
confirmation e-mail within 48 hours, please contact the director.
If you have additions, deletions, or other
changes to your roster of participants, make the changes in the registration
spreadsheet that you originally submitted and email the updated spreadsheet
It is OK if you end up sending the spreadsheet multiple times. The
director will just keep deleting the previous one you sent and substituting
the new one.
Rationale for registration via Excel spreadsheet: Having everyone use
an identical spreadsheet format for submitting the student names allows
the director to use the information more efficiently (totaling up participant numbers, making
participant lists for the judges, etc.).
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 4, 2023
Heights High School in Houston
Link to Texas State German Contest
State German Contest on Facebook
State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group