The first month of the 2019–2020 Vocabulary Bowl season is in the books, and records are already being broken as schools across North America compete to master the most words on the county, state, and division leaderboards.

Hordes of hard-working students from every corner of the map mastered a collective total of 7,715,358 words last month, making this October a season opener for the records books. The eye-popping, jaw-dropping number is 11.2% and 900,000 words more than last year's launch.

With six months to go until the season concludes on April 30, the Vocabulary Bowl is more of a marathon than a sprint, but each month we bring you a recap of the leaderboard action and award two Champions banners to the top schools in the middle/elementary school and high school divisions. We also take a moment for some well-deserved shoutouts to a handful of the thousands of schools that are coming together in their communities to play, compete and learn.

October Vocabulary Bowl Highlights

Middle Schools Muster Massive Effort

October established a new order in the upper echelon of the Middle School Division. After years of chasing Bowl great Margate, runner-up McAuliffe is finally getting its due as the top-ranked Middle School at this early stage in the season. The other big name is Ashe County Middle, the tiny school that's cracked the top Middle School ranks and is currently the number one school in Division III.

Here are the shoutouts and highlights from the Middle School Division:

October Middle School Highlights & Shoutouts

High Schools Earn High Marks for Mastery

The top High Schools in the Vocabulary Bowl blasted out of the gates in the opening month. Defending champs Etiwanda once again cracked the 90,000 words mark to win the overall title. That level of play raised the bar for competitors like runner-up Walnut Hills, whose students mastered more than 82,000 words in October —their best month of word learning ever.

Here are the shoutouts and highlights from the High School Division:

October High School Highlights & Shoutouts

Get Your School Involved

The Vocabulary Bowl leaderboards are structured so that schools of every size can compete at the county, state and national level on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. In addition to awarding monthly champions banners to the top high school and the top middle school year-round, we also award banners to Division and State winners at the end of the academic season. This year's competition started on October 1st, so now is the perfect time to learn more and get your students signed up to play, compete and learn in the Vocabulary Bowl.