When we announced our Second Annual 15-Second Video Contest with the New York Times Learning Network, we were secretly worried we'd never get entries as enterprising as we did last year.

Happily, however, all you have to do is watch the 10 winning videos embedded in this post to see that many of this year's 600-plus submissions met, if not exceeded, our previous standard.

One of the Top 10 videos sent in for our contest, this one, by Aldric G., defines somnambulist.

It's clear students had a great time making these, since we had a wonderful time judging them — in fact, we literally LOLed throughout. We chose winners based chiefly on how well or creatively each video showed an understanding of the word and its use in a specific context, and we were sticklers for the rules. (Just like last year, a few excellent entries didn't make the winner's circle because the word's pronunciation or part of speech was missing.)

At Vocabulary.com, we are particularly proud of teacher Elizabeth Ellison's students at the Robert C. Fisler School in Fullerton, CA. Many of them submitted videos, and two made it into the contest's top 20, including Aldric G.'s "Somnambulist," the winner overall! Celine T. and Nicole V. also made the cut with their video for "Evocative."

So thank you again to everyone who participated, and, especially, to the teachers who devoted class time to the project. If you're interested in telling us how you wove the contest in your curriculum, we'd love to know. Please, post a comment below. And now, without further ado: nine more Top 10 Winners, and 10 Runners-Up.

The Top 10 Winners

Malleable by Megan, Brenna and Emily

Deadlock by Rumi, Karl, Anton, Aurora, Josh and Bobby


Acoustics by Sophia

Tempo by Miranda

Multilingual by Ravina, Gabe, Santoshi and Shaily

Swerve by Nina and Sophia

Whorl by Angela

Guffaw by Shania S.

Kleptomaniac by Quin, Kyle, and Hayden

And 10 Runners-Up

Luxuriate by Krystal, Alexis, and Kaycee

Rant by Erica and Clair

Melee by Chad K. and Brendan D.

Jettison by Sophia, Ally, and Sarah

Evocative by Celine T. and Nicole V.

Putrid by Austin K. and Hannah G.

Wanderlust by Tamara T.

Verbose by Mallory and Jake

Contortion by Griffin D.

Judges: Ben Zimmer, Georgia Scurletis and Adam Cooper from Vocabulary.com; Shannon Doyne, Michael Gonchar and Katherine Schulten from The Learning Network.