National Vocabulary Championship

The National Vocabulary Championship, put on by the Game Show Network, is the first national high school vocabulary contest. Over 30,000 students from all over the country compete to be one of the top 50 students invited to go to the national competition. At the national competition, $100,000 of prizes are awarded.


The NVC was begun in 2006-2007 as a complement to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee and the Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge. Based on the best of both contests, students can compete in one of two different manners.

Students in participating school districts can compete in city-wide competitions, where the top student gets a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to the national competition.

Other students can take an online qualifier test held in November. If they score in the top approximately 2500, they are invited to a statewide 40-question qualifier test held at Princeton Review centers. The top 42 scores on this regional test are invited to partake of a trip to the national competition.

The national competition is held in New York City at the New York Public Library in early March in a game-show like format. The top student gets a $40,000 scholarship, while the two runnerups get scholarships of $2,500 and $500, respectively. All three top students also get Princeton Review materials.

AoPSers @ NVC

The following AoPSers have made the national level of the NVC:

Billy Dorminy - 2007 Joe Shepherd - 2007

See also

| The official NVC website. | the Game Show Network website.

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