With only ONE MONTH to go in the Vocab Bowl, schools across the map are sprinting toward the top of the leaderboards.

Last Stitch Effort

Congratulations to Etiwanda High School from Etiwanda, California for coming out with another decisive monthly victory. The Eagles mastered 44,825 words in March, taking home another monthly championship banner. Building on their monthly momentum, the students at Etiwanda refuse to slow down even though they have their sixth Vocabulary Bowl Championship all but wrapped up in a pretty little bow. There’s no doubt why they’re the most decorated school in Vocab Bowl history.

See the Top 10 High Schools for March 2022 here:

Over in the Middle School Division, a change is afoot. For the first time all season long, Harris Road Middle School out of Concord, North Carolina has been dethroned. The defending Middle School Champions from McKenzie Middle School in McKenzie, Tennessee are back on top of the leaderboards. With a powerful surge of word learning in the month of March, the Rebels mastered 57,419 words.

Coming in second place this month was DuBois Area Middle School from DuBois, Pennsylvania. The students over at DuBois Middle skyrocketed to the top this season in one of the most impressive jumps we’ve ever seen on the Vocab Bowl leaderboards. Last season, the Beavers finished 2,181 in the Middle School Division and 144 in the state of Pennsylvania. In contrast, their counterparts at DuBois Area High School took home the Pennsylvania State Championship. However this season, the Middle Schoolers are on top, sitting at third place OVERALL and first place in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

See the Top 10 Middle Schools for March 2022 here:

Down to the Wire

In an unprecedented maneuver, Harris Road Middle School knocked the defending five-time Vocabulary Bowl Runner-Ups, Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, out of second place. Not only are the Patriots primed for their first-ever Middle Champions title, they’ve also climbed their way to second place overall, soaring past Bowl behemoths on the way. With over 25,000 words mastered between them going into the last month of the season, the Eagles have a lot of work to do to defend their title. Will this be the year that Walnut gets booted out of the top two?

Over in Division III, it looked like Champion had already been decided, Buckingham Charter High School from Vacaville, California held a steady lead over the defending Champions at McKenzie Middle School. Larry Lexicon and the Knights have spent all season reminding the Rebels that they won’t go down without a fight. Up until last season, Buckingham Charter dominated division, winning titles in ‘17-18, ‘18-19, and ‘19-20.

Then last season, McKenzie, who was relatively new to the Vocab Bowl scene, stormed the leaderboards in a Cinderella Story-like upset. The Rebels had a slow start to this season and are out of reach to take home another Middle School Championship. But don’t count them out just yet, their impressive burst of word learning in March has put them in seriously close striking distance of first place in Division III. This is sure to be a race that will come down to 11:59:59 PM on April 30th.

Final Day Frenzy: Join the Final Buzzer One-Day Challenge!

Schools across the map are invited to compete in our second annual Final Buzzer One-Day Challenge! To celebrate the last week of the ‘21–22 season, 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 in the top 5 of their division leaderboard on April 28th will be crowned the Final Buzzer Champions. That's a claim to fame which will earn them an official Vocabulary Bowl achievement certificate and hefty bragging rights.


What: Final Buzzer One-Day Challenge
  • Compete against schools in your division to take home the title of Final Buzzer Champion
  • Achievement certificates awarded to Top 5 High Schools and Top 5 Middle/Elementary Schools in Division I, II, and III
  • Play in nationwide Vocab Jams throughout the day to win fun prizes

When: All day April 28, 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.*


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 Final Buzzer 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.