What makes August the hottest month in the Vocabulary Bowl?
While back-to-school season always means a surge of word learning as students and teachers return to class, you never know from one year to the next which schools will emerge from the sleepy summer months as the hottest contenders in the upcoming season.
Case in point: Floyd Central High School from Indiana. The Highlanders rose in the ranks from relative obscurity, finishing last season at 102nd overall and therefore just off our radar, to become the North American Runner Up for August. The students at Floyd Knobs mastered a solid 23,237 words, posting their biggest total to date and establishing themselves as a Division I Top 10 contender and a serious threat to defending Indiana State Vocab Bowl Champs Plymouth High School in the upcoming 2019-20 season. September will be a critical month for the Highlanders, who've built some serious word-learning momentum that should help them offset the onslaught of effort that we usually see in the last month of pre-season play.
For the first month of August, Floyd Central was neck-and-neck with 5-time July Bowl Champion Saint Vincent de Paul School of Houston, a Div. III powerhouse that makes it their mission to claim a glorious green champions banner every summer. But despite the Tigers' momentum heading into the second week of play, no one could fend off the all-time greats from Etiwanda High School once they resumed classes on August 8th.
Within two days of their return, the Eagles soared once again to the top of the overall leaderboards, where they remained perched until the Bowl buzzer sounded at midnight on August 31st. In just 24 days of play, the students at E-High mastered a staggering total of 55,785 words. That's an average of 2,324 words per day. This puts the Eagles on track to possibly snag an unprecedented 4th North American Champions title in the ‘19-’20 season.
Other all-time greats cracked the Top 10 last month, including 3-time Middle School Champions Margate Middle School from Florida, defending Middle School Runner-Up McAuliffe from California, and other decorated schools such as Hollywood High School of Florida, Rancho Cucamonga High and Rialto High of California, and Pope High School of Georgia snagged coveted spots by out-mastering tens of thousands of schools across the map.
In addition to Floyd Central's surprising ascent, another up-and-comer came out of nowhere in August – Mater Dei High School from Santa Ana, California. The Monarchs blew onto the Bowl leaderboards on a powerful Santa Ana wind to land at number 7 after finishing the 2018-19 season ranked at 5,819. Not surprising for a school with a competitive spirit like Mater Dei, and not a bad way to start the school year.
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 starts on October 1st, so now is the perfect time to learn more about getting your students signed up to play, compete and learn in the Vocabulary Bowl.
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