This season, 1,310,153 students from 43,520 schools across North America competed and collectively mastered 36,698,648 words! Congratulations to all of the scholars who participated on behalf of their schools, and thank you to all of the educators, administrators, and parents for their support.
Awards and Highlights
Now that the results have been tallied, it's awards season! Here's a rundown of the top schools in North America for the 2020–2021 season.
High School Winners
Defending champion Etiwanda High School of Etiwanda, California is this season's overall Vocabulary Bowl Champion. This is the Eagles' fifth consecutive title, and a new Bowl record for most wins. Etiwanda's Eagles, fueled by their mastery of 335,569, also finished first in both the High School Division and in Division I. Walnut Hills High School of Cincinnati, Ohio — which was right behind Etiwanda with a whopping 267,055 words — is the Runner-Up in three categories: overall Vocabulary Bowl, High School Division, and Division I. Walnut Hills is the second most-decorated school in Bowl history.
Middle School Winners
In the middle school division, McKenzie Middle School of McKenzie, Tennessee made this season a race to remember. This small-but-mighty Division III contender mastered 180,000 words more than they did last year, taking down schools four times their size along their way to the top of the leaderboards. The Rebels' astonishing feat — mastering 218,033 words — was enough to propel them to number one in the Middle School Division, Division III, and in the state of Tennessee. Middle School Division Runner-Up Harris Road Middle School of Concord, North Carolina didn't go down without a fight. The Patriots mastered 205,322 words to finish in second place. Harris Road also placed first in Division I Middle Schools and in North Carolina.
Division I Winners
In Division I, made up of schools with 1000+ students, Hialeah Gardens Middle School of Hialeah Gardens Florida mastered 134,311 words to take home the Division I Middle School Runner-Up title. The Jaguars are a fixture at the top of the leaderboards, but this will be their first time winning a coveted Vocabulary Bowl trophy.
Division II Winners
In Division II, made up of schools with 500–999 students, defending champions Great Neck North Middle School of Great Neck, New York mastered 127,824 words to become three-peat champions. The Blazers decisive win cemented their Bowl legacy and sets them up as the ones to beat in Division II next season. Pines Middle School of Pembroke Pines, Florida put on a stunning performance to grab second place for Division II Middle Schools. The Panthers were just out of trophy reach last season finishing in 3rd place, but they learned 124,319 words to take home a trophy of their own this year.
In the Division II High School race, defending champions The Ursuline School of New Rochelle, New York took first place. The Koalas mastered 95,980 words to climb to the top of the leaderboards for the second year in a row. In Leonardtown, Maryland, St. Mary's Ryken High School came in second with 89,936 words mastered. That brings the Patriots up from a 5th place finish last season.
Division III Winners
In Division III, made up of schools with fewer than 500 students, defending champ Buckingham Charter Magnet High School of Vacaville, California mastered 151,729 to take home the Division III High School title. While the Knights were just shy of pulling off another overall win in their division, they won't go home empty handed. As the first school to four-peat as Division III High School champions they'll hoist another trophy this year. Division III High School Runners-Up, Trinity Christian School of Fairfax, Virginia finished strong with 113,201 words mastered to take home their first ever Vocabulary Bowl divisional trophy.
In the middle school field of Division III, two schools gave chase for the title of Division III Middle School Runner-Up — Currituck County Middle School and Rapides Academy for Advanced Academics. In the end, defending Runner-Ups from Currituck County took second place with 66,190 words. The rookies from Rapides Academy took home 3rd place in their first ever Vocabulary Bowl season.
The Bowl Goes On!
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. We'd love to have you join the competition and the fun. Learn how to get your school involved.