César E. Chavez High School of Houston, Texas did the unthinkable, pulling off their second consecutive victory in the 2015-2016 Vocabulary Bowl by surpassing more than 23,000 schools from around North America.

The school celebrated with a special ceremony today, as students were presented with the Vocabulary Bowl trophy, medals for top students, and a special proclamation from the Mayor's office congratulating them on their impressive achievement.

 
ABC 13 Houston: Chavez High School wins the 2015-16 Vocabulary Bowl

Special guests included Houston singing sensation Tamar Davis (who recently competed on NBC's "The Voice") and Houston Astros play-by-play announcer Bill Brown. ABC13 anchor Elissa Rivas emceed and shared a video from her colleagues congratulating the students. Check out her coverage of the event on ABC13 Eyewitness News.

Chavez High School principal Rene Sanchez hoists the Vocabulary Bowl trophy.

Davis, Brown, and Rivas spoke to the students about how words shaped their lives and praised them for collaborating to build a culture of word-learning and academic success. And Davis, who gained fame as the protege and singing partner of her late mentor Prince, wowed the crowd with a stunning musical performance.

Tamar Davis, who recently competed on NBC's "The Voice," sang to the students.

The special proclamation from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, presented by education director Juliet Stipeche, lauded the students for mastering 344,043 words over the course of the academic year, surpassing 23,800 schools to win the Vocabulary Bowl for the second year in a row.

Tamar Davis poses with the top three students at Chavez.

Later this week, another Houston school, Lanier Middle School, will celebrate its victory in the middle school division and second-place finish overall.

In its second year, the Vocabulary Bowl saw a huge expansion at schools across North America, with unprecedented levels of participation:

  • Total students participating: 582,785
  • Total schools participating: 23,804
  • Total words mastered: 14,108,105

While this year's annual Bowl is over, we'll continue to award banners to the schools who top our monthly leaderboard. And it's never too early to start planning for the 2016-2017 Vocabulary Bowl! Visit the Vocabulary Bowl page to find out how your school can join in the competitive fun.