When the 2018-19 Vocabulary Bowl kicked off back in October, the big question was whether Etiwanda High School would become the first school in the history of the competition to win the championship title for a third time.

The Eagles answered that question by taking the overall leaderboard by storm the moment the season began, and they never looked back. By April 30th, when the final Bowl buzzer sounded, Etiwanda had not only won by a margin of 103,000 words, it had become the greatest Vocabulary Bowl champion to date. This year, EHS set new records for the most words mastered in the opening month of the season (94,658), the most monthly wins of any school (17), the most words mastered in a season (469,945) , and the most championship titles (3).

Highlights from Etiwanda's Record-setting Season

To put those numbers in context, consider these stats for the 2018-19 season. 1,378,387 students from 39,702 schools participated in the Vocabulary Bowl. Together, they mastered a collective total of 35,513,120 words. That's a mind-blowing amount of word-learning!

On May 14, 2019, Etiwanda's accomplishments were celebrated at an awards ceremony in their brand new, state-of-the-art auditorium. At the culminating event, Vocabulary.com CEO Michael Freedman presented retiring principal Don Jaramillo and several EHS teachers with the California State Champions Banner, the Vocabulary Bowl Champions banner, and the Vocabulary Bowl Champions cup.

And in a moment that seemed perfectly fitting, given the level of commitment shown by Etiwanda over the years, the new Vocabulary Bowl Mastery Cup was hoisted for the first time by the 2018-19 champions. The Mastery Cup was introduced this year to commemorate the legacy of all Vocabulary Bowl winners, and is currently on tour during awards season. Each year, the names of the top high school and middle school will be etched on the tiers of the trophy before it travels around the country to honor those who earned their place in Bowl history, and to inspire those up-and-coming schools that aspire to make their own mark in the future. The next stop for the Mastery Cup will be the Middle School Champions celebration at Margate Middle School later this month.

Several special guests also contributed to the EHS awards program. Chaffey Joint Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Mathew Holton offered his congratulations to the students and teachers, and Rancho Cucamonga City Council Member Sam Spagnolo honored the school with a special commendation from the city. Assistant Superintendent Jim Cronin and incoming Etiwanda principal Dr. Mac Wolfe joined Holton, Jaramillo, and Spagnolo in awarding medals and certificates to the Top 100 students.

The Vocabulary.com team would like to thank Etiwanda High School and Chaffey Joint Union High School District for another wonderful season and another wonderful celebration. Congratulations to the students and educators who were behind this remarkable accomplishment.

All students attending K-12 schools in the United States and Canada are eligible to participate in the Vocabulary Bowl. The official season runs every year from October 1 through April 30, and we award a champions banner to the top overall school each month of the year. Learn how to get your school involved in the Vocabulary Bowl.