Tomahawk Creek Middle claims state title in national Vocabulary Bowl


Mastering words like malleable, repugnant, and haphazard, Tomahawk Creek Middle School is the Virginia winner of the 2017-18 Vocabulary Bowl. 

The Vocabulary Bowl is a nationwide contest to see which schools can learn the most words, sponsored by

According to the site, Tomahawk Creek students mastered 180,190 words from Oct. 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018. That’s the fifth-highest total in the country in that period.

Chesterfield School Board member Dianne Smith, whose Clover Hill magisterial district includes Tomahawk Creek, notes, “The importance of words, the understanding of their meaning and the ability to use them correctly provides students with the opportunity to become a strong, effective communicator outside of the school setting.”

According to, more than 1.18 million students from approximately 41,000 schools throughout North America competed in the 2017-18 Vocabulary Bowl.

In the photo above, representatives congratulate Tomahawk Middle School administrators. 

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