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.
All rules in one
reflecting virtual status of contest for 2022)
Procedures for 2022 Virtual Contests
your love for the Texas German contest system by producing a promotional video
and entering our contest. You could win $250!
Click here for the contest guidelines.
Rules for the 7 online events in one document
in non-pandemic years when we can have contest in person, 7 events will always
be conducted online. This document outlines the procedures for that.
2022, however, ALL events will be online.)
Rules and procedures for new pronunciation contest "Leidenschaft der Aussprache"
Critique sheet for
"Leidenschaft der Aussprache"
for this contest has closed.
competed for $10,500 in prize
money, results to be announced soon!)
collect and submit this
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
using this Google
The same document
can later be submitted to the State director prior to the State contest.
All participants in Houstonfest are
responsible for taking care of and keeping up with their own belongings.
Neither the host school (Heights High School), its German teacher Mark
Johnson, Houstonfest, Houstonfest director Rustin Buck, the
Houstonfest steering committee, nor the umbrella organization Texas
State German Contests, Inc.
responsible for items lost or left behind at the contest.
Only German teachers may register
students for Houstonfest; we do not accept registration from individual
Any German teacher who registers
one or more contestants must attend Houstonfest and serve as a judge (unless the
director grants an exemption, which will be done only in extremely extraordinary
Teachers should follow their school district's policy
regarding student eligibility to participate in contests.
must be in grade 8, 9, 10, 11,
must be a student at a school
where the registering teacher works;
must be currently enrolled in
a German course at that school, or if not, must have previously completed at
least two years of German instruction AND be a current member of that
school's German Club or German NHS. There are two exceptions to this:
A Classical Instrumental Ensemble may contain one
"wild-card" student who is not currently taking and has not previously
taken German. A Polka Band may contain up to two
such "wild-card" students. "Wild-card" entries are allowed only in
these two events.
The spirit of the foregoing
rule is to prevent a school from stacking its entries with "mercenary" artists, dancers, musicians,
writers, etc. who have no real connection to the school's German program in
order to bolster the team's entries. On the other hand, we do
not want to exclude the occasional student who loves German and who took two or
three years of it and who wants to continue participating in Houstonfest but
who, for whatever reason, is not currently taking German. Please note,
however, that any contestant not currently enrolled in a German course should be
entered in the level he/she would be in if he/she had continued taking
German. For example, if John stops taking German after completing German
III but still wants to enter Houstonfest the next year, he should be entered in
Level 4 events.
- For liability reasons, video recordings are not
allowed in any room where students are competing or performing. If
parents and/or teachers wish to record a performance, they should plan
on doing it during a rehearsal or performance at their respective
The contest director may assign a designated contest
photographer to take pictures or video footage throughout contest for
informational or publicity purposes. This will be immediately submitted
to the director on contest day. No student faces may be used from this
However, the contest director will accept video segments as well as
still photos from individual schools after contest has occurred (to be
used for promotional purposes, e.g., on the website). By submitting
these, teachers give permission for Houstonfest and Texas State
German Contests, Inc. to use them for informational or publicity
purposes. Before submitting such photos/videos, teachers must make
sure that students have permission forms on file at their school
allowing for photos/videos to be used on the website.
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