News and Updates
Changes and updates for 2023 -
Scholarships at State
State Promo Video Contest
Arrival at Heights High School
Promo Video #1 (students from one school tell why they
Video #2 (one student tells why she loves contest)
"Texas State German Contest at 40" newsletter
series (full of tips for contest prep and Pass auf!
Tips for Pair Discussion
Daily log of changes to
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
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
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
Mon., Feb. 20, 2023, 8:00 p.m.:
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, 2023:
Texas State German Contest, Texas State
University, San Marcos
Sat., Mar. 4, 2023, 11:59 p.m.:
Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.
Sun., Mar. 12, 2023:
State Scholarship applications due.
Sun., April 30, 2023:
Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.
February 4, 2023
Registration for 2023 is now open.
New procedure starting in 2023:
Instead of using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets sent in by email, we will now
use online Google Sheets to register for Houstonfest. As soon as you
know for sure that you will be entering Houstonfest (or even suspect that
you might), email
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.
As you complete the Google Sheet,
PLEASE USE Lastname, Firstname FORMAT FOR ENTERING STUDENT NAMES.
When you deem your Google registration form
substantially complete, email Rustin Buck to let him know. However, you may
continue making updates (drops, adds, changes) in the Google Sheet on a
rolling basis up to Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 9:00 p.m. After that
point, your editing access will be changed to "view only" and your
registration will be finalized.
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 $12
(new amount) per
student if your registration form is completed by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January
17, 2023. (But your payment check doesn't have to be in the mail
by then -- see two bullets down.)
Send the late fee of $15
(new amount) per student
if your registration form is completed during the period from Wednesday,
January 18, to Monday, January 23, 2023. Late registration will not
be accepted after 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2023.
Regardless of whether you complete your
online registration by the regular or the late deadline, your payment
check should be
postmarked by Monday, January 23, 2023.
Teachers must collect and submit this
and Release of Liability form for each student who participates in any
virtual event at Houstonfest (and State). (Technically, this
applies only to students entering one of the seven virtual events, but if
for simplicity's sake you decide to collect them from all your students,
that's certainly fine.) The forms of all students participating from each
school must be scanned or otherwise consolidated into ONE PDF document
and submitted before the
date of the regional contest
Google Form. The initial submission will also be good for the State
contest (no need to resubmit for State).
If you need an invoice, email
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 $12 for any students beyond the first 5, even if they enter
during the "late" registration period. 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. 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
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 4, 2023
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