Etiwanda High School of California (shown in these pictures) won the national championship, while Nation Ford was the top winner for South Carolina in the 2018-19 Vocabulary Bowl. (Photo courtesy of has named Nation Ford High School as state champions for the 2018-2019 Vocabulary Bowl.

During the school year, Nation Ford students mastered 73,395 words, more than twice any other school in South Carolina. The students also ranked 52nd in Division I (schools with 1,000 or more students) and 53rd in the High School Division.

Etiwanda High School of California won the national championship by mastering 469,945 words.

The Vocabulary Bowl is a competition for students in K-12 schools in the United States and Canada. More than 1.37 million students from over 39,700 schools across North America participated in this year’s Vocabulary Bowl and collectively mastered over 35 million words.

The official season runs every year from October 1 through April 30.

Greg "Ricky Bobby" Rickabaugh has lived in the Fort Mill and York County community since 2006. He has covered the area while a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a freelance writer for The Fort Mill...