As is often the case in during the summer months, a newcomer stormed the Vocabulary Bowl leaderboards and scored its first monthly win.

This time, the rookie champ was Commack High School of New York. The Cougars have been among the Top 10 schools in New York 29 times in the last few years, but it wasn't until June that they took their vocab game to the next level. The students mastered 16,701 words in the last few weeks of school to earn the number one ranking on the overall leaderboard and the title of June Vocabulary Bowl Champion.

Congratulations to all the students (and their terrific teachers) at Commack High School for their big win. With this latest accomplishment, the Cougars are definitely on our "Schools to Watch List" as a serious contender for the New York State Champion title in next year's Bowl, and as a national contender in the Division I Top 10.

Summer is a great time to get your school involved in the Vocabulary Bowl. Many schools rocket up the leaderboards by tying their summer reading into assignments on As students master words associated with the texts they're reading, they earn points for their school in the Vocabulary Bowl. With county, state and division leaderboards where your school 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 your school involved.