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)
"Texas State German Contest at 40" newsletter
series (full of tips for contest prep and Pass auf!
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.
Tue., April 30, 2024:
Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.
The results of Houstonfest will be posted below,
sometimes initially as a Google Sheet and eventually always 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.
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.
Results (Excel, currently empty)
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 or filter the list by school and thereby group all of your winning
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.
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 3, 2024
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street, Houston, TX
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