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.

Houstonfest Scholarships




$500:  Caitriona Devlin, Tompkins High School (101 sweepstakes points)

$400:  Isabel Wabnitz, Heights High School (78)

$300:  Rosa Ramirez, Travis High School (54)

$250:  Sarah Gonzales, Jordan High School (50)

$200:  Angelina Pascali, Bellaire High School (48)

$175:  Alexa Martinez, Clements High School (47)

$100:  Timothy Serres, Tomball Memorial High School (33)

  $75:  Mia Gorus, Klein Oak High School (30)



  • Scholarships of $500, $450, $400, $350, and $300 will be awarded if we have sufficient funds; amounts may be reduced if proceeds are lower. Thanks to a generous $2000 grant from the Houston Saengerbund, the scholarships are guaranteed to be funded in 2022.

  • The deadline for entry is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2022.

  • Any student currently in 11th or 12th grade who placed in the top five in three or more events (online and/or in person) at Houstonfest 2022 is eligible.  (Students who win a scholarship as juniors are eligible to be nominated again their senior year, but if they win their senior year, their total winnings over the two years will be capped at $500.  The philosophy here is to spread the wealth around.  For instance, if a student wins $350 as a junior and then qualifies for a $400 scholarship the following year, he/she will receive $150 the second year, for a two-year total of $500, and the remaining $250 the second year will go to create a scholarship for someone else further down in the rankings.)

  • The student must be nominated by his/her German teacher.

  • Each school may nominate only one student.

  • The entry must be submitted on this downloadable form as an e-mail attachment to  Tip:  click the link, then save the form to your computer before editing and e-mailing it.

  • Scoring will be based solely upon how many sweepstakes points the student contributed to his/her school's sweepstakes total, with the following provisions:

    • Only points earned for 1st through 5th place will be considered.  Points earned for 6th through 10th place will NOT be considered.

    • Only the original placing will be considered.  If a student who placed 6th through 10th in a particular event later became eligible for State because someone in 1st through 5th place dropped out of that event, that event will not be considered.

    • Individual events and group events are treated equally, i.e., enter the full number of sweepstakes points earned for each event, regardless of whether the student worked on the event alone or in a group.

    • The accuracy of your entries will be checked against your original registration spreadsheet and the results spreadsheet.  Inaccurate or dishonest entries may result in the disqualification of the application.

  • Sweepstakes points can be found on the original results spreadsheet.  

  • Ties will be broken by the 100 words or less written by the nominating teacher.

  • Scholarship payment will be in the form of a check made out to the student and mailed to the teacher by April 16, 2022.


Past Recipients



$425: Devdeep Rajpal, Clements High School

$400: Elena Carlsson, Heights High School



$150: Paige Horrell, Morton Ranch High School

$125: Alexandra Gioukaris, Tompkins High School

  $75: Holly Luebsen, Tomball Memorial High School



$500: Ivette Castro, Morton Ranch High School

$400: Tim Bates, Kingwood High School

$300: Jaime Hotaling, The Woodlands High School

$200: Rishi Jangale, Clements High School

$100: Jesse Ji, Bellaire High School

  $50: Emma Kinzel, Tomball High School



$500: Sai Odinga, Clements High School

$450: Piper Horrell, Morton Ranch High School

$400: Karolis Vaiciulis, Cinco Ranch High School

$350: Shelby Wiecker, The Woodlands High School

$300: Dagny Carlsson, Heights High School

$100: Charlotte Rissky, Tompkins High School

  $50: Nasya Hewlett, Clear Lake High School



$500:  Erik Halsband, The Woodlands High School

$450:  Adrianna Navia, Clements High School

$400:  Collin Setzer, Kingwood High School

$350:  Matthew McGrenera, College Park High School

$300:  Rachel Pham, Cinco Ranch High School

$100:  Spring Agnew, Deer Park High School

  $75:  Cole Thompson, Tompkins High School

  $50:  Alexandra Bellon, Tomball High School



$500:  Lexi Kokines, The Woodlands High School

$450:  Hans Lammeman, Tompkins High School

$400:  Cindy Yongoueth, Clements High School

$350:  Anqi Lou, Kingwood High School

$100*:  Madison Ledoux, Deer Park High School

$125:  Susana Simmonds, Cinco Ranch High School

  $75:  Juan Huerta, Morton Ranch High School

* The fifth-place award would normally have been $300, but because Madison won a $400 scholarship in 2015 and because the lifetime limit per student is $500, she received $100 in 2016.  This allowed us to use the remaining $200 to award smaller scholarships for sixth and seventh places.



$500 - Burhanuddin Calcuttawala, Clements High School

$450 - Scott Stevens, College Park High School

$400 - Madison Ledoux, Deer Park High School

$350 - Allison Williamson, Kingwood High School

$200 - Jason Timmins, Brazoswood High School

$200 - Alec Schillinger, Tompkins High School



$500 - Desserai Ramos, Deer Park High School

$450 - Jeremy Beaty, Clements High School

$400 - Robyn Morison, The Woodlands College Park High School

$350 - Madeline Jasper, Brazoswood High School



$500 - Juli Scamardo, Clements High School

$450 - Darien Higgins, Kingwood High School

$400 - Jenny Baglio, Friendswood High School

$350 - José Antonio Jiménez Rocha, Seven Lakes High School

$300 - Zach Brown, Deer Park High School

$200 - Aundrea Westfall, The Woodlands College Park High School

$150 - Emily Grant, Cinco Ranch High School

$100 - Madeline Jasper, Brazoswood High School

$100 - Stephanie Hoffman, Clear Lake High School



$500 - Halla Bearden, Bellaire High School

$450 - Britt Montross, Deer Park High School

$400 - Ethan Mader, Clements High School

$350 - Hannah Aergerter, Kingwood High School

$300 - Stephen Schilter, Friendswood High School

Honorable mention, $50 each:

José Antonio Jiménez Rocha, Seven Lakes High School

Anna Clawson, The Woodlands College Park High School

Lynsie Patschke, Taylor High School



$500 - Callie Parrott, Deer Park High School

$450 - Miranda James, Clements High School

$400 - Connor Heaton, Cy-Fair High School

$350 - Kaitlyn Berreth, Seven Lakes High School

$300 - Nikita Viswasam, Cinco Ranch High School



1. $500 - Ana Builes, Clements High School

2. $100* - Luke Chen, Seven Lakes High School

3. $400 - Jessie Jones, Deer Park High School

4. $350 - Philip Meyer, Cinco Ranch High School

T5. $325 - Samantha Birchard, Taylor High School

T5. $325 - Tracilynn Roberts, Langham Creek High School

* The second-place award would normally have been $450, but because Luke won a $400 scholarship in 2009 and because the lifetime limit is $500, he received $100 in 2010.  This allowed us to award 6 scholarships instead of 5.



$500 - Stephanie Sladek, Kingwood High School

$450 - Alice Lin, Clements High School

$425 - Garrett Steiger, Friendswood High School

$400 - Luke Chen, Seven Lakes High School

$375 - Daniel McBride, Deer Park High School



$500 - Brian Clark, Clements High School

$450 - Amalie Barras, Cy-Fair High School

$400 - Courtney Svatek, Taylor High School

$350 - Abby Spitzer, Cy Woods High School

$250 - Lucas Center, Westside High School

When is the next Houstonfest?



February 4, 2023


Where is Houstonfest?


Heights High School in Houston


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