Rustin Buck, Director of the Houstonfest German Contest and former Houston-Leipzig board member, is once again looking for judges for the annual German competition for students grade 8 through 12 in the Houston area.  Following is his appeal, and if you would like to help at the Houstonfest, please contact Mr. Buck directly.

Hello and Happy Holidays!

I teach German at Clements High School in Sugar Land, and I’m also the director of Houstonfest, an annual German competition for students in the Houston area ( We have 36 different events, ranging from grammar test to poetry recitation to skits to gingerbread house. We rely on volunteer judges to make the competition successful, which is why I’m writing you.

If you’ve already judged for us in the past, thanks, and we’d love to have you back again. If you haven’t, please consider joining us this year. University professors, we could also use some of your students (as judges if they are fairly fluent; if not, as test proctors).  If you would like to be removed from my list of potential judges, just let me know.

Houstonfest will be Saturday, February 4, 2012.  We have a NEW LOCATION this year because our usual location, Lanier Middle School, is booked for another contest that day.  This year, we’ll be at CLEMENTS HIGH SCHOOL in Sugar Land (4200 Elkins Road, Sugar Land, TX 77479). The judges’ meeting starts at 8:00 a.m., and almost all the events should be over by 1:00 p.m. (There is an awards ceremony later, but judges don’t have to stay for that unless they simply want to.)

If you are available on February 4 and would be willing to serve as a judge, please e-mail me. If you have particular expertise, especially in crafts (needlework, art, photography), music (vocal or instrumental), or folk dance, let me know.  We have three new categories this year:  crafts, original models, and photography.

Feel free to forward this to anyone who you think might be interested.


Rustin Buck
P.S. I’m sending this to teachers as well in case you would like to forward it to any German-speakers you know.

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