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.

The 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.


Sweepstakes and Other Awards


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 current year.


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.







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Folk Dance (Group), Varsity Pass auf! in a non-pandemic year but not in 2022 30 27 24 21 18 16 14 12 10 8
Duet Acting, Varsity Pass auf! in 2022, Puppet Show, Skit, Video 20 18 16 14 12 10 9 8 7 6
Chorus, Contemporary Music, Directed Dialogue, Extemporaneous Speaking, Folk Dance (Einzeltanz), Oral Presentation, Pair Discussion, Novice Pass auf!, Polka Band, Timed Writing 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
Advantaged Speaker Test, Classical Ensemble, Club Album, Culture, Grammar, Photo Essay, Poetry Memory (simply "Poetry" in 2022), Prose Memory (simply "Prose" in 2022), Research Paper, Scavenger Hunt, Vocal Solo 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Crafts, Digital Logo Design, Doll Costume, Gingerbread House, Listening Comprehension, Needlework, Original Models, Photography, Poetry Reading, Poster, Prose Reading, Reading Comprehension, Sight Reading, Shirt Design, Spelling, Vocabulary 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

When is the next Houstonfest?



February 4, 2023


Where is Houstonfest?


Heights High School in Houston


Link to Texas State German Contest


Texas State German Contest on Facebook


Texas State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group