The Vocabulary Bowl season concluded on April 30th. The 2018–19 competition was defined by historic three-peats, countless small triumphs, and record-setting statistics.
This year, 1,378,387 students from more than 39,000 schools across North America participated, setting an all-time high for the number of kids competing. Together, you mastered 35,513,120 words in seven months — the highest season total to date. Every single student who competed for their school played a part in setting those new records, so thank you, and congratulations!
Big Bowl Statistics Built from Countless Small Triumphs
Behind these huge numbers are all the striving students and dedicated teachers who worked toward small goals in their classrooms, each and every day. Their countless personal triumphs not only meant a lot to those who achieved them, they added up to the collective record-setting totals we saw this year. Vocabulary.com is proud to recognize everyone who harnessed the power of friendly competition to motivate learning and achievement. Watch the season recap for shout-outs to some of the many special people and schools who lit up the Vocab Bowl leaderboards this season.
The 2018–19 Vocabulary Bowl Champions
Vocabulary.com has certified the results, and is proud to officially announce the following 2018–19 Vocabulary Bowl winners.
Defending champion Etiwanda High School of Etiwanda, California is this season's Vocabulary Bowl Champion. Etiwanda is the first school in the history of the competition to win the title three times. The Eagles mastered a staggering 469,945 words, setting a new record for most words mastered by one school in a single season. Etiwanda also finished first in both the High School Division and in Division I.
Another historic three-peat was earned by this year's Middle School Champion Margate Middle School of Margate, Florida. The Spartans finished the competition with 316,142 words, becoming the first middle school to master more than 300,000 words in a single season. For much of the season, the Spartans were neck-and-neck with runner-up McAuliffe Middle School, but they kicked it into high gear in April to win the month and, ultimately, the title.
In Division II, made up of schools with 500–999 students, a new champion was crowned. The students of Great Neck North Middle School of Great Neck, New York mastered 176,020 words to claim the title for the first time. The Blazers took a commanding lead early in the season and held strong until the end.
In Division III, made up of schools with fewer than 500 students, defending champ Buckingham Charter Magnet High School of Vacaville, California came out on top once again. The Knights mastered 173,214 words and became the first school to repeat as Division III champions.
A Banner Year for State Competition
In the second year of our expanded Vocabulary Bowl awards program, the top school in each U.S. state and territory, and each Canadian province, will be awarded a Vocabulary Bowl Champion banner. For those results, go to the 2018-19 season leaderboards, and under the "All Schools" leaderboard select "Full Results". Then click on "All State & Provinces" to expand the menu and drill down by state or province. Banners are also awarded to the Top 10 schools in the Middle & Elementary School and High School Divisions, and in Divisions I, II and III. Check out those leaderboards for the season's final standings.
Congratulations and Thank You
Stay tuned for highlights from the upcoming awards ceremonies that will be held at Etiwanda and Margate later this month. Both schools will see their names etched in Bowl history when the Vocabulary Bowl Mastery Cup makes its public debut at these events. After Etiwanda's and Margate's legacies are honored at their respective celebrations, the Mastery Cup will return to Vocabaulary.com headquarters, where it will rest until the 2019 - 2020 champions are announced.
Although the official Vocabulary Bowl season has come to an end, schools can still compete over the summer months for a monthly champions banner, so it's never too late to get started. Here's how to get your school involved.
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