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 results of Houstonfest are posted below, perhaps initially as a Google Sheet and then later as an Excel spreadsheet.  The Google Sheet will have two tabs at the bottom:  Winners List and Sweepstakes.  The Excel spreadsheet will have three tabs:

  • Original 1-10:  The original, unaltered list of winners from Houstonfest.  This list will never be altered (except to correct errors), so that the original list of winners will always be available.

  • Updated 1-10:  The current list of places 1-10, reflecting all drops and move-ups to date.  This spreadsheet will be updated daily between the date of Houstonfest and the date of State.  If State were held today, the students in slots 1-5 in each event would be the competitors.

  • Sweepstakes:  An event-by-event listing of the events won and sweepstakes points earned by each school along with the results of the sweepstakes, Klein aber fein, Rookie Teacher, and Rookie School competitions.

2022 Results Spreadsheet (Excel)

2022 Slide Show (PDF)

Recording of Live-Streamed Awards Show

(The recording is a huge file, but it should play directly in your browser without downloading.)


Tips for teachers:

  • The spreadsheet can be a very flexible and useful tool for you.  You can save it to your computer and re-sort it in various ways.  For instance, you can re-sort the list by school and thereby group all of your winning students together.

  • To simplify the process of monitoring changes to the state-qualifier list that affect your students, you can also view a daily log of changes.

  • E-mail me (Rustin Buck) if you have any students who will not attend State so that I can drop them from the qualifier list and move up the next student.

Archived results:

2021Spreadsheet    Slide Show    Video















We do not have complete results before 2008, when I (Rustin Buck) became director. However, when I retired from my job as German teacher at Clements High School in June 2021, I found hard copies of the results from some of the earlier years as I was cleaning out my filing cabinet (going back to my first year as a German teacher). I have scanned them for inclusion here. Please excuse the highlighting of Clements winners (and others in our school district) and the X'ed out names (those students did indeed win but then opted not to attend State), as these hard copies were for my use as the Clements teacher as we planned our trips to State. Still, they're better than nothing! If anyone comes across copies of the results from 2004 to 2007 or pre-1996, send them to me and I'll post them.










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