Where will your school stack up on the Vocabulary Bowl leaderboards this season?

The 2019–2020 Vocabulary Bowl season starts on October 1st, and schools all across North America are getting ready to play, compete, and learn. During the next seven months, more than one million students from thousands of schools will master tens of millions of words as they compete for bragging rights and banners, division titles and trophies.

Whether your school is just getting up and running or you're a defending champ, we're rooting for you! Here's a sneak peek at the upcoming action, some special shoutouts, and a rundown of the new awards we've added this season.

20192020 Vocab Bowl Season Preview

New Division Trophies

In addition to the Champions Cup that's awarded to the top high school and the top middle school at the end of the season, starting this year we'll also award trophies in Divisions I, II, and III to the top high school and the top middle/elementary school, and to the high school and middle/elementary school runners-up. The winning high school and the winning middle/elementary school will also receive achievement medals to award to their top one hundred students.

Banners Galore

Plus, we're giving out banners to all of the above, as well as to the top ten high schools and middle/elementary schools and the top ten schools in Divisions I, II, and III. But that's not all! We want to make sure to stoke the fires of friendly competition at a more local level too. So we're awarding a champions banner to the top school in every U.S. State and Territory, and every Canadian Province. That's more than 100 banners up for grabs! See the full Vocabulary Bowl rules for details.

Vocabulary Bowl Top 100

With tens of thousands of schools competing in the Vocabulary Bowl, ranking in the Top 100 at the end of the season is an outstanding accomplishment. In recognition of this effort, we award an official Vocabulary Bowl achievement certificate to the Top 100 high schools and the Top 100 middle/elemntary schools at the end of the season. 

Introducing… High School and Middle School Monthly Champions!

While the official season runs from October 1st through April 30th, our daily, weekly and monthly leaderboards let schools vie for vocabulary supremacy all year 'round. We've always awarded a monthly champions banner to the school that mastered the most words, but we've been so blown away by the incredible effort that students across the map have shown over the past year that we wanted to find another way to recognize their achievements. So starting this October, now we're going to award two monthly champions banners — one to the top high school and one to the top middle/elementary school. The monthly high school and middle/elementary school winners will also receive achievement medals to award to their top five students.

Here's a rundown of the Vocabulary Bowl titles and awards that we give out over the course of the year:

Annual Vocabulary Bowl Awards

  Overall Division I Division II Division III
  High School Middle School HS/MS by State Overall High School Middle School Overall High School Middle School Overall High School Middle School
Champion Champion's Trophy Banner Student Medals
x 100
Champion's Trophy Banner Student Medals
x 100
Banner
x 70
Champion's Trophy Banner Champion's Trophy Banner Champion's Trophy Top 10 Banner Champion's Trophy Banner Champion's Trophy Banner Champion's Trophy Top 10 Banner Champion's Trophy Banner Champion's Trophy Banner Champion's Trophy Top 10 Banner
Runner-Up Runner Up's Trophy Banner   Runner Up's Trophy Banner     Runner Up's Trophy Banner Runner Up's Trophy Banner Runner Up's Trophy Top 10 Banner Runner Up's Trophy Banner Runner Up's Trophy Banner Runner Up's Trophy Top 10 Banner Runner Up's Trophy Banner Runner Up's Trophy Banner Runner Up's Trophy Top 10 Banner
Top 10   Banner     Banner       Banner       Banner       Banner    
Top 100 Certificates Certificates                    
Trophy School Champion's Trophy
Trophy School Runner Up's Trophy
Banner School Banner
Certificate School Certificate
Medal Student Medals
Note: In the case that a school wins multiple divisions and/or multiple levels of the competition, they will receive only the highest trophy available for that division.

Monthly Vocabulary Bowl Awards

  Overall
  High School Middle School
Monthly Champion Banner Student Medals
x 5
Banner Student Medals
x 5
School Banner
Student Medals

Download Your Classroom Guide

Want some ideas to help you build some Bowl momentum in your classroom? Download the Vocabulary Bowl Classroom Guide, which includes a calendar to plan your monthly word-learning targets, tips and tricks from experienced teachers, plus printable resources to spruce up your bulletin boards. We've also included a couple of snappy-looking award certificates so that you can recognize achievement wherever and whenever you see it.

Are you in?

It takes just seconds to sign up and select your school, and from that moment on every word your students master counts for your school in the competition. Here's all the info on how to get your school involved in the Vocabulary Bowl.