The 2021–22 Vocabulary Bowl's season got underway last month, and schools from all across the map blasted out of the gates to put up staggering stats in October.

Flyin’ like the Eagles

Just like clockwork, the reigning five-time champions from Etiwanda High School out of Etiwanda, California, soared to the top of the leaderboards. In October, the Eagles mastered 70,269 words to take home yet another monthly championship banner. Etiwanda may be an early favorite (and the most decorated school in Vocab Bowl history) but it’s way too early to count out other contenders.

And one of those contenders is stacking up to be American High School from Fremont, California. Still relatively new to the Vocabulary Bowl scene, the Eagles placed 3rd last season. This season, it looks like they refuse to back down — flying dangerously close to Etiwanda’s orbit. Another school punching way above its weight this season is defending Division III Champion, Buckingham Charter from Vacaville, California. A well known player on the Division III scene, will the Knights go all the way this season?

See the top 10 High Schools for October 2021 here:

Patriots Act

Over in the Middle School Division, Harris Road Middle School from Concord, North Carolina came out on top in October. Students mastered 38,730 words to take home their second monthly championship win in a row. For the past few seasons, the Patriots have been steadily climbing the middle school leaderboards — finishing second overall last season.

Could this finally be the year Harris Road takes home the overall Middle School Championship title? The Patriots are off to an astounding start but it’s hard to ignore some of the BIG names right behind them on the leaderboards. Currently in the top 5, three middle schools have Championship titles under their belts — McKenzie Middle School (2020–21), McAuliffe Middle School (2019–20), and Margate Middle School (2016–19). It’s sure to be an exciting race to the top this season.

See the Top 10 Middle Schools for October 2021 here:

Thanksgiving Away with Words Challenge

Schools across the map are invited to compete in a special Away with Words Challenge! Over the holiday, the team is throwing down the gauntlet to see which school in each division can master the most words over Thanksgiving Break.

Each school that finishes the week at the top of their division leaderboard will be crowned the Thanksgiving Break Champions. That's a claim to fame which will earn them an official Vocabulary Bowl achievement certificate and hefty bragging rights.


What: Thanksgiving Away with Words Challenge

  • Compete against schools in your division to take home the title of Thanksgiving Break Champion
  • Achievement certificates awarded to Top 5 High Schools and Middle/Elementary Schools in Division I, II and III
  • Play in DAILY Vocab Jams

When: November 22 – November 28, 2021
Where: Anywhere you are! Students log on to from any device to master words and earn points for their school. Here's how.
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.

The Spirit of the Vocabulary Bowl

*All accredited K–12 schools in the United States are invited to participate in the Thanksgiving Break Away with Words 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.

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