In the first annual Vocabulary Bowl, the students of César E. Chavez High School outsmarted the competition, mastering more than 300,000 words over the academic year to beat out thousands of others schools from around North America. More than 200,000 students in more than 16,000 schools across the country participated in this year's Vocabulary Bowl.
In the Vocabulary Bowl, schools vie to see who can master the most words and come out on top of the yearly leaderboard, which ran from September 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015. Students at Chavez turned in a dominating performance, mastering 303,387 words in the competition, well ahead of any other school.
In second place in this year's Vocabulary Bowl was Midlothian Middle School of Midlothian, Virginia, with 213,181 words mastered. Rounding out the top three was Bellaire High School of Bellaire, Texas, with 208,327 words mastered. Like Chavez, Bellaire High is in the Houston Independent School District, and the local rivalry helped fuel the intense competition among students in the Houston area.
The first-place finish of Chavez in the Vocabulary Bowl will be celebrated in a special ceremony at Chavez High School on Friday, May 15. The students, teachers, and staff under Principal Rene Sanchez will be presented with the Vocabulary Bowl trophy, medals for top students, and a special proclamation from the Texas State Senate commemorating the students' impressive achievement.
Throughout the school year, Chavez turned vocabulary learning into a community celebration. Teachers across different curricula encouraged their students to take part in the competition, building school pride and fostering a culture of learning. The school held special vocabulary events attended by hundreds of students. To commemorate César Chavez Day on March 31, students gathered to learn words from civil rights vocabulary lists.
And to put the school over the 300,000 mark, the Chavez Lobos made a final push on April 30, the last day of the Vocabulary Bowl. They got together to study vocabulary lists that helped them review for the U.S. History portion of STAAR, the standardized tests for Texas students. It was icing on the cake for their tremendous yearlong accomplishment.