With school leaderboards more active than ever, we're instituting a new reward for play: a Champions banner for monthly school leaderboard winners, emblazoned with the winning school's name. 

We see the banner as an extension of incentives already built into our game. When you're learning words on Vocabulary.com on your own or as part of your school team, we're right there with you, cheering you on with badges for your levels and achievements, information about your play, and, of course, leaderboards, where you can see how you stack up against the very best. The new banner deepens this dimension of play, allowing you not to just go for the gold, but to go for the big green.

Through serendipitous circumstance, Vocabulary.com's director of training Peter Griffin was able to deliver October's banner to leaderboard winner Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, TN, in person — Ed McMahon-style — conferring the banner on Jacob C., a Blackman student who had mastered an impressive 450 words. Following the brief ceremony, Peter was able to accompany the banner on a victory lap through the classrooms where Vocabulary.com is being used. 

"It was worth the trip to see the surprise on students' faces when I was introduced," Peter reported of the experience. "There was cheering, clapping. All of the cell phones were whipped out and lots of pictures were taken with each student holding the banner. It was an exciting moment, and I can only wonder how many of those pictures are floating around on Facebook now, inspiring more learning fun."

Want to play for your school? Check the drop down menu on your profile page. You'll find every school in the United States and Canada. 

Pictured above: Vocabulary.com director of training Peter Griffin, second from right, with Blackman High School teacher Donna Boyd, teacher Melissa Price, student Jacob C., principal Gail Vick, and technology coach Holly Hunter.