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. There are only a
few minor changes to the sweepstakes system for this year: events not
being offered in 2022 are listed in gray
in the table below, and Varsity Pass auf! will be awarded sweepstakes
points on the second tier instead of the first tier for this year only.
Besides the awards given in the various contests, we award a
number of comprehensive prizes.
Sweepstakes: Schools receive sweepstakes points for each
event in which they place in the top 10 (see table below). Schools are
classified as "Large Schools" or "Small Schools" based on how many students are
enrolled in German classes at the school. For 2022 (as in 2021), schools with
85 or more students in German classes are in the Large category and schools
with 84 or fewer students in German classes are in the Small category, but the
cut-off point is subject to change every year. Trophies
will be awarded in 2022
to the top 5 schools in the Large School division and the top 5 schools in the
Small School division.
The Klein aber fein
trophy goes to the school with the highest ratio of
sweepstakes points to number of students entered among those schools entering
between 5 and 15 students.
Money prizes of $100 go to the "rookie school" with the highest number of sweepstakes
points and to the "rookie teacher" whose school earns the highest
number of sweepstakes points. A "rookie school" is defined as a school
that has not entered Houstonfest in the previous five years, and a "rookie teacher"
is defined as a teacher who has never entered students in Houstonfest before the
Houstonfest uses the same system of awarding
sweepstakes points that is used at the Texas State German Contest. The sweepstakes system was thoroughly revised
beginning with the 2012 contests. Sweepstakes points are
awarded for first through tenth place in each event, which means that even
students who place tenth are contributing sweepstakes points to their school's
cause. The table below shows how sweepstakes points are awarded.
Folk Dance (Group), Varsity Pass auf!
in a non-pandemic year but not in 2022
Varsity Pass auf! in 2022, Puppet Show, Skit, Video
Chorus, Contemporary Music, Directed Dialogue, Extemporaneous Speaking,
Folk Dance (Einzeltanz), Oral Presentation, Pair Discussion,
Novice Pass auf!,
Band, Timed Writing
Advantaged Speaker Test, Classical Ensemble, Club Album,
Essay, Poetry Memory (simply
"Poetry" in 2022), Prose Memory
(simply "Prose" in 2022), Research Paper,
Crafts, Digital Logo Design, Doll Costume,
Gingerbread House, Listening Comprehension,
Needlework, Original Models, Photography, Poetry Reading,
Poster, Prose Reading,
Reading Comprehension, Sight Reading,
Design, Spelling, Vocabulary
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