While technically we're still in the middle of the off season, the Vocabulary Bowl action remains intense.

Savvy students know that summer word learning gives them some momentum heading into the 2020-2021 season, which starts on October 1. Schools across the map are getting into competition condition by building school spirit and establishing their word learning routines, and all this training led to some lively July leaderboard action in both the Middle School and High School divisions.

Tigers Burning Bright

Congratulations to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School of Houston, Texas for their second consecutive Vocabulary Bowl monthly win! The Tigers mastered 8,786 words to snag a June victory, and really poured on the effort in July to master a whopping 19,993 words. That's over a 225% increase, and marks their sixth July Champions title in a row.

Since 2015, the Tigers have dominated during the summer months and this year is no different. Last season, they placed 8th in Division II and 4th overall in their home state of Texas. And we'll be watching for the Tigers to hit the ground running when the season starts up on October 1st. This victory earns them another hang-in-the-gym-worthy banner to display alongside their impressive collection.

St. Vincent De Paul's students deserve huge credit for their impressive work, and so do the teachers who contributed to this victory, fostering a love of word learning and incorporating Vocabulary.com into their curriculum. Special shoutouts go out to Mrs. Bogatto's classes for their heroic efforts towards this impressive achievement.

The Story of the Hurricanes

Congratulations to Terrace Community Middle School of Thonotosassa, Florida for their first appearance as monthly runner-ups! The Hurricanes mastered 4,698 words, beating the École Internationale Lucille-Teasdale of Brossard, Quebec by just three words. If you ever need proof that every word counts, here it is! This achievement gives Terrace Community their second appearance in the North American Top Ten and their second consecutive Florida State Championship.

There are hundreds of students and dozens of teachers who teamed up to make this victory possible — all of whom deserve extra credit for keeping up the intensity during the break — and we'd like to recognize the students in Mr. Wengertsman's classes in particular for their remarkable achievements. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Mater Dei All the Way

Congratulations also go out to the July High School Champion, Mater Dei High School of Santa Ana, California. Mater Dei finished last season as the third-ranked high school in Norht America, and we'll be watching them closely as a possible contender to unseat four-time defending champs Etiwanda HS, also of California.

It's never too late to get your school involved in the Vocabulary Bowl. We award Champions Banners all year long, and many schools "get their game on" in the summer months. 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 your students can master words for your school in the Vocabulary Bowl.