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.
2022 contest will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because Research
Paper is always a digital-submission event, the rules and procedures for 2022
are the same as always (except that the paper is not due until the day of
contest this year, whereas normally it is due a week earlier).
1 research paper per school, with 1-2 authors
minimum 700 words, maximum 1000 words, not including Works Cited
This is a "digital event."
You must submit your entry no later than one week before the contest (exception
for 2022: paper is due on the date of contest). Specific
instructions for uploading the entry will be published on the contest website
and/or distributed to teachers each year.
Write a research paper in English on an interesting German-Texan
cultural and/or historical topic. The topic should not be commonly known: a
particular person, family, place, building, business, area, group, settlement,
organization, church, tradition, activity, practice, etc. The paper should
contribute to a greater understanding of German-Texan history and/or culture.
The entry must be typed and double-spaced and have internal documentation with
proper in-text citation and a Works Cited page, as per MLA (Modern Language
Association) guidelines. Follow the rules in the latest MLA Style Sheet, paying
special attention to rules for entering Internet sources. Use at least three
sources, at least two of which must be non-Internet. Digitally
archived sources originally published in hard copy may be counted as
non-Internet sources. Sources should include primary
Primary sources are evidence in the form of artifacts, photos, letters,
interviews, music, charts, illustrations, etc. with a direct connection to the
era being studied. They may be personally documented by the contestant(s)
(photos taken, interviews recorded) or found in personal collections, archives,
libraries, museums, etc.
Secondary sources are documents that discuss or analyze primary
sources and topics - primarily other academic work.
All entries will be checked for plagiarism via turnitin.com or a similar
Using MLA Style, include your name(s), your school,
the date, and the title of the paper at the top of page 1.
To include photographs, other images, and/or audio
materials, add an appendix after the Works Cited page. Images may be pasted
directly into the document. Audio files should be linked, e.g., via a Google
completed research paper, including the Works Cited and any appendix, to a
single PDF file and upload it according to the instructions provided.
scholarships for the winners of the
Research Paper contest at State!
Help with MLA Style:
Purdue University MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Note: The judges will have an actual copy of the
latest edition of the
MLA Handbook (9th edition, 2021).
If you use online "cheat sheets" that claim to summarize MLA rules, such
as the one linked above, rather than referring to the actual MLA
Handbook, you do so at your own risk. Make sure that any
website you are using is based on the new 9th edition from 2021.
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