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Fall River school ranks best in Massachusetts in vocabulary competition



IXL Learning and have announced the fall champions of the 2023 Vocabulary Bowl, a biannual competition that brings together K-12 schools across North America to showcase their vocabulary and literacy skills. A Fall River school took the top spot in Massachusetts.

Schools earned points by students displaying their spelling skills. More than 380,000 students across 2,100 schools mastered a total of 5,200,000 words throughout the fall in their quest for word domination. The competition took center stage on where schools faced off against their peers to become undisputed champions in one of three divisions and title holders for their respective states.

The results are now official. The Division Winners for the Fall 2023 Season are:

Division I:
High School: Etiwanda High School (Rancho Cucamonga, California)
Middle School: Sig Rogich Middle School (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Division II:
High School: Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School (Newark, New Jersey)
Middle School: Ellen Fletcher Middle School (Palo Alto, California)

Division III:
High School: Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy (Vacaville, California)
Middle School: Morehead City Middle School (Morehead City, North Carolina)

The Division Runners Up are:

Division I:
High School: Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Middle School: Millburn Middle School (Millburn, New Jersey)

Division II:
High School: The Ursuline School (New Rochelle, New York)
Middle School: Ladera Vista Junior High School (Fullerton, California)

Division III:
High School: Arp High School (Arp, Texas)
Middle School: Cherryland Middle School (Elk Rapids, Michigan)

The U.S. and Canadian Province winners are:

Hanceville Middle School – Hanceville, Alabama
Minto School – Minto, Alaska
Sierra Verde STEAM Academy – Glendale, Arizona
Newport High School – Newport, Arkansas
Etiwanda High School – Etiwanda, California
Manning School Academics & Arts – Golden, Colorado
Plainville High School – Plainville, Connecticut
Saint John the Beloved School – Wilmington, Delaware
Saint Alban’s School – Washington, District of Columbia
Calvary Christian Academy – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Johnson County High School – Wrightsville, Georgia
Harvest Christian Academy – Barrigada, Guam
Kalani High School – Honolulu, Hawaii
Saint Joseph’s School – Boise, Idaho
Oak Lawn Community High School – Oak Lawn, Illinois
Manchester Junior Senior High School – North Manchester, Indiana
Sacred Heart School – West Des Moines, Iowa
Cheney Middle School – Cheney, Kansas
Boyle County High School – Danville, Kentucky
Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy: Loyola – Kenner, Louisiana
Wells Junior High School – Wells, Maine
Saint Mary’s Ryken High School – Leonardtown, Maryland
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School – Fall River, Massachusetts
Mayville High School – Mayville, Michigan
Luverne High School – Luverne, Minnesota
Jackson Preparatory School – Flowood, Mississippi
Forsyth High School – Forsyth, Missouri
Lincoln County High School – Eureka, Montana
Marian High School – Omaha, Nebraska
Sig Rogich Middle School – Las Vegas, Nevada
Pelham Memorial School – Pelham, New Hampshire
Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School – Newark, New Jersey
Carlsbad Intermediate Schools: PR Leyva – Carlsbad, New Mexico
Fort Hamilton High School – Brooklyn, New York
Southern Alamance High School – Graham, North Carolina
Mott Regent School – Mott, North Dakota
Walnut Hills High School – Cincinnati, Ohio
Owasso Eighth Grade Center – Owasso, Oklahoma
Marist Catholic High School – Eugene, Oregon
Danville Middle School – Danville, Pennsylvania
Classical High School – Providence, Rhode Island
Catawba Ridge High School – Fort Mill, South Carolina
Harrisburg North Middle School – Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Coulter Grove Intermediate School – Maryville, Tennessee
Arp High School – Arp, Texas
Julius E. Sprauve – Saint John, Virgin Islands
Judge Memorial Catholic High School – Salt Lake City, Utah
Enosburg Falls Middle High School – Enosburg Falls, Vermont
Trinity Christian School – Fairfax, Virginia
Alki Middle School – Vancouver, Washington
Scott High School – Madison, West Virginia
De Soto Middle High School – De Soto, Wisconsin
Lyman Intermediate School – Lyman, Wyoming

Canadian Provincial Winners

Ecole Secondaire Sainte Marguerite D’youville – St. Albert, Alberta
Notre Dame Regional Secondary School – Vancouver, British Columbia
École Régionale Notre Dame – Notre-Dame-De-Lourdes, Manitoba
Halifax Christian Academy – Halifax, Nova Scotia
College Regina Assumpta – Montreal, Quebec
Miller Comprehensive High School – Regina, Saskatchewan
Princess Elizabeth School – Welland, Ontario

Diman ranked 22nd overall in the country, and 19th among high schools.

“With the right support and an engaging environment, anyone can experience the joy of enriching their vocabulary. The Vocabulary Bowl is a unique event that makes it easy for educators to foster an enduring love of literacy and create spaces where learners are eager to develop their vocabulary skills,” said Paul Mishkin, CEO of IXL Learning,’s parent company. “Hosting this competition fills us with pride and we cannot wait to see the remarkable progress schools make in the upcoming Spring season.”

The Vocabulary Bowl’s Spring Season will start on February 1. This year, the Bowl will honor champions at all levels, including schools, individual teachers, and newcomers to the competition. While schools compete for glory, top teacher prizes will be awarded to educators who inspire their students to earn the most points. New Rookie awards will recognize schools and teachers new to the Bowl.

The competition is open to all accredited K-12 schools in the United States and Canada. Any qualifying school with an active license will be automatically registered when the Vocabulary Bowl season starts. Schools and individual teachers can purchase a license to automatically register at any time during the contest period. Students enrolled in classes simply sign in to and master as many words as they can through learning activities on the website. There is no limit to the number of words that they can master or the amount of time that they can play.

The Vocabulary Bowl gives educators a fun opportunity to personalize instruction, boost literacy skills, and inject competitive spirit into education. With every activity, students gain points and achievements so that they can level up in the rankings while building their vocabulary. Teachers have used the Bowl to gamify learning by giving extra credit to classroom point leaders every week, presenting monthly awards to students who master the most words, and posting results in parent newsletters to share their learners’ successes.

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  1. Chuck Thibault

    February 6, 2024 at 12:44 am

    This is absolutely fantastic and a step in the right direction to returning Fall River to educational prominence

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