Tomahawk Creek wins state Vocabulary Bowl crown

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Malleable. Repugnant. Haphazard. Reticent.

Those are of some of the words mastered this school year by students at Tomahawk Creek Middle School, according to More than 1.18 million students from approximately 41,000 schools throughout North America competed in the 2017-18 Vocabulary Bowl.

Congratulations to Tomahawk Creek, which this week was recognized as Virginia winner of the 2017-18 Vocabulary Bowl! Tomahawk Creek students mastered 180,190 words from Oct. 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018. The staggering total was the fifth-highest in the country, according to the most recent calculations by

“A strong vocabulary increases a student’s chance for success in the classroom,” noted School Board member Dianne Smith, whose Clover Hill magisterial district includes Tomahawk Creek. “The importance of words, the understanding of their meaning and the ability to use them correctly also provides students with the opportunity to become a strong, effective communicator outside of the school setting.” representatives were at the school today to award the school with banners for their outstanding work.

“Language can only do one thing: Open up doors,” said Ruby Peters,’s director of Mid-Atlantic Educational Partnerships.