With only two months left in the 2021–22 season, students are ramping up their word learning as they make their way towards home plate.

Records Fall

Just when we thought it wasn't possible, two schools are on track to set a new Vocabulary Bowl record. For the first time in Vocab Bowl history, the same school has won EVERY single monthly championship banner of the season — in both the High School and Middle School Divisions. Etiwanda High School from Etiwanda, California and Harris Road Middle School from Concord, North Carolina have snagged the top spot on the monthly leaderboards for the entirety of the 2021–22 season.

In the High School Division, Etiwanda mastered 61,738 words in February, taking home their 32nd monthly championship title. No stranger to Vocab Bowl records, the Eagles continue to hunt down record after record each month. And if they keep up this pace for the remainder of the season, they’ll have multiple Vocab Bowl records to add to their belt.

Over in the Middle School Division, Harris Road topped the leaderboards last month. The Patriots mastered 35,069 words and earned their sixth hang-in-the-gym-worthy banner in a row. With this win Harris Road has now put over 90,000 words mastered between them and second place. Giving them a huge lead over Tequesta Trace Middle School out of Weston, Florida going into the last two months of the season.

High School Heroes

Things over in the High School Division are starting to heat up as five-time runner-up Walnut Hills High School from Cincinnati, Ohio continues to hold off American High School out of Fremont, California. And while American chases down the number two spot, Charles W. Flanagan High School from Pembroke Pines, Florida are nipping at their heels — only 2,000 words mastered behind in fourth place.

In fifth place, the defending Division III High School Champions, Buckingham Charter High School from Vacaville, California are on their way to a High School Top Five finish and a Division III Championship title this season. But we can’t count out St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Maryland out of Division II, who are less than 300 words behind in sixth place. St. Mary’s placed thirty-fourth overall last season but this year they’re on the cusp of finishing in the High School Top Five, as well as taking home the Division II Championship Banner.

See the Top 10 High Schools for February 2022 here:

Middle School Medalists

In the Middle School Division, the race to second place is even more contested with some of the biggest names in the Vocab Bowl chasing down the Runner-Up title. With less than 10,000 words between second and seventh place, this is THE race to watch going into the final two months of the 2020–21 season.

In the mix for Middle School Runner-Up, there are not one but three former Middle School Champions, McAuliffe Middle School, Margate Middle School, and McKenzie Middle School. You’ll also see two schools battling it out for the Division II Championship, Ladera Vista Junior High School and Pines Middle School. And, last but not least, a new name out of Broward County who is currently sitting pretty at number two, Tequesta Trace Middle School.

See the Top 10 Middle Schools for February 2022 here:

March Madness One-Day Challenge

Schools across the map are invited to compete in our second March Madness One-Day Challenge! On March 30, the Vocabulary.com team is throwing down the gauntlet to see which school in each division can master the most words in 24 hours.

Each school that finishes the day at the top of their division leaderboard will be crowned the March Madness Champions. That's a claim to fame which will earn them an official Vocabulary Bowl achievement certificate and hefty bragging rights. View the full details here.


What: March Madness One-Day Challenge

  • Compete against schools in your division to take home the title of March Madness Champion
  • Achievement certificates awarded to Top 5 High Schools and Middle/Elementary Schools in Division I, II and III
  • Play in nationwide Vocab Jams to win fun prizes
When: All day March 30, 2022 12:00 a.m. — 11:59 p.m
Where: Anywhere you are! Students sign in to Vocabulary.com from any device to master words and earn points for their school.
Who: Open to all accredited K-12 schools in the U.S.*


Vocabulary Bowl Awards

Join the Bowl and Put Your School on the Map

While the 2021–22 season is already underway, it's never too late to get your school involved in the Vocabulary Bowl. We award Champions Banners each month all year long, and the sooner you join, the sooner your students can start building their vocabulary knowledge — and their Vocab Bowl momentum. With county, state, and division leaderboards where you can vie for the top each day, week, and month, there's a level of competition that's right for every school. Here's how to get involved and put your school on the map!

*All accredited K–12 schools in the United States are invited to participate in the March Madness One-Day Challenge. All accredited K–12 schools in the United States and Canada are eligible to participate in the Vocabulary Bowl. Learn how to play for your school and read the full contest rules for details.

Have questions? Email bowl@vocabulary.com.