We've certified the results, and it's official: the students and teachers across north America came together once again to make this an epic Vocabulary Bowl season that shattered records and exceeded expectations.
The 2017 - 2018 Vocabulary Bowl ended on April 30, concluding a season of word-learning action that had everything a Bowl fan could ask for: rookie schools trying to go all the way, eleventh-hour surges of word learning that lit up the leaderboards, and veteran contenders raising the bar for players everywhere.
It's become something of a tradition for us to set lofty goals each season that we hope will motivate students to put in the effort that leads to major vocabulary improvement. It's also become something of a tradition for Bowl players to blow away those benchmarks, and this year was no different. Back in October, we set a target of one million kids playing, and you blew right past that number and kept going. Exactly 1,182,635 students from 41,278 schools participated in the '17 - '18 Bowl. Each and every student who mastered a word played a part in exceeding another monumental goal we set for this season: surpassing 30 million words-mastered. Together you blew that figure away, mastering a collective total of 32,489,125 words between October 1st and April 30th.
Defending Champs Snag Back-to-Back Wins
We have certified the results, and are proud to officially announce that defending champion Etiwanda High School of Etiwanda, California is the 2017 - 2018 Vocabulary Bowl Champion. The Eagles mastered a staggering 421,222 words over the course of seven months, beating runner-up Walnut Hills High School by 100,000 words and setting a new record. Etiwanda also won four monthly-champion banners along the way, bringing their to haul to ten and making them the second-most decorated Bowl champion behind the great Chavez High School of Houston (Chavez holds the record with 13 monthly banners).
Another repeat winner was Middle School Champion Margate Middle School of Margate, Florida. The Spartans dominated their division all season and finished the competition with 298,390 words mastered. Just how strong was their performance this year? They set a new division record for middle schools, beating their own previous total by 28,000 words. The Spartan's margin over runner-up Tomahawk Creek Middle School was a hefty 118,000 words.
Division Play Lit Up the Leaderboards
In Division III, schools with fewer than 500 students, two schools battled it out until the final hours of the competition. Despite having an early lead in April, East Early College High School of Houston could not hold off a surge by the projected winner, Buckingham Charter Magnet High School of Vacaville, California. The students at Buckingham mastered 201,820 words, edging out EECHS by only 8,279 words. The Knights charged to 6th place in the overall Top 10 ranks, out-mastering schools seven times their size!
In their final charge, the kids at BCMHS mastered a total of 97,050 words in April and set a new Vocabulary Bowl record for the most words mastered by a school in one month. The previous record of 85,912 words was set by Margate Middle School in March of 2017.
Division II, schools with 500 - 999 students, saw one school lead the pack from the get-go. As expected, Mexia High School of Mexia, Texas nabbed the Division II championship with such a huge lead they almost made it look easy. But of course the Blackcats worked their tails off, mastering 199,465 words. Mexia finished the season in 8th place overall, the only Division II school to crack the Top 10.
A Banner Year for State Competition
For the first time in the history of the competition, the top school in each U.S. state and Canadian province will be awarded a Vocabulary Bowl State Champion banner. For those results, visit the overall leaderboard and then click on "All State & Provinces" to drill down and see the final rankings.
Congratulations and Thank You
Stay tuned for all the highlights from the awards ceremonies at Etiwanda and Margate in mid-May when we present each winning school with the Vocabulay Bowl Champion cup and medals for the top students.
Congratulations and thank you again to all of you word-learners out there for participating in the Vocabulary Bowl. We're already looking forward to seeing what you amazing schools, students, and teachers will achieve next year.
Want to keep the word learning and the fun going in the off-season? Remember that the school that masters the most words each month all year 'round wins that glorious green champions banner, so it's never too late to get your students involved. Here's how.
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