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)
Scholarships at State
State Promo Video Contest
Tips for Pair Discussion
Arrival at Heights High School
Daily log of changes to
Mon. Jan. 8, 2024, 4:00 p.m.: Application for
transportation grants from Houston Saengerbund opens (teachers will be sent a
link to a Google Form).
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.
Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications.
Scholarships at State
Gail Cope Scholarships
teacher Gail Cope (formerly of W.T. White High School in Dallas) generously
funds scholarships for the top winners at the Texas State German Contest. Scholarship winners are determined by the number of sweepstakes points the
students earn for their schools by winning first- through fifth-place awards.
At least five scholarships are awarded with the top scholarship worth at least
Each school is allowed to nominate one student per year for this
scholarship, but the selected student
can fill out the Google Form application rather than the teacher having to fill
it out. The application process is quite simple, and schools are
encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful program.
For more information,
Scholarships page of the State website.
Mary El-Beheri Memorial
A scholarship of at least $1000 (amount
increased for 2024!) is given
annually in memory of founding State director
Mary El-Beheri (1938-2012).
The scholarship goes only to a current
senior who has attended State at least three years (including the current
year) and intends to continue his/her study of German after high school.
Each school is allowed to submit up to three nominees.
submitted the week after the regional contests, i.e., the application
process occurs BEFORE State and not afterwards.
Judging is based on the sweepstakes points that
the nominee has earned in his/her best three years of attending State. Nominees will indicate what they won at all previous State contests on the
application, and their results at the current year's State contest will be
added to the mix in the tab room before the winner is determined.
The finalists are recognized on
stage and the winner announced at the
State awards ceremony.
Payment is made directly to the institution where the winner enrolls to
See the State
website for the
rules and application form.
Mary El-Beheri German Heritage Essay Award
Research Papers at State
The winners of first through fifth place
in the research paper contest at the Texas State German Contest receive
scholarships funded by the
Heritage Society (GTHS) and the Texas State German Contest. Amounts are $500
for first, $250 for second, $125 for third, $100 for fourth, and $75 for fifth.
Click here for more information.
GTHS website for more
information about the benefits of membership or to join. Teachers
are encouraged to join, but teacher membership is not a requirement for students
to win a scholarship.
Texas German Society
While this contest is not directly related to
Houstonfest, we are pleased to help the Texas German Society publicize their
annual essay contest, which awards scholarships of $1500, $1000, and $750. The
2024 application is linked here.
Application Guidelines and
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 3, 2024
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street, Houston, TX
Link to Texas State German Contest
State German Contest on Facebook
State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group