• Fri. May 20th, 2022

March Vocabulary Challenge: Write a story using our words of the day

Next, create a 50-word essay in which you correctly and creatively use at least four of the words. Submit your story (or poem or song) by commenting on this post by March 31.

Here is what we are looking for:

  • It is very important that you use each vocabulary word correctly, according to its definition. We will not consider any entries in which a word is used incorrectly.

  • Use as many vocabulary words as possible, but don’t cross the line into gibberish or inane. Don’t just list the words; we are looking for entries that demonstrate your understanding of the vocabulary.

  • Finally, we are looking for creative, original and meaningful writing. Your comment can be fact or fiction, silly or serious; we care the most that you learn new vocabulary and have fun.

And here are some additional rules:

  • Your story should be 50 words or less and use at least four listed vocabulary words.

  • Identify your vocabulary words by writing them down ALL CAPS (see bottom of this article for examples).

  • Submit your application as comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. PT to March, 31st.

  • It is acceptable to use a word in another tense or to use the plural of a word written in the singular.

  • However, you cannot change the part of speech of a word. For example, since the word “ignominious” is listed as an adjective, you cannot substitute the noun “ignominy”.

  • Minimum age requirements: Middle and high school students aged 13 and over in the United States and Britain, and 16 and over elsewhere, can submit by commenting on this article. Teachers and parents can submit on behalf of middle school or high school students who do not meet these age requirements. If you are submitting on behalf of a student, please include the student’s name at the bottom of the comment.

  • Please submit only one story per student. You cannot edit your comment once it has been submitted.

Your text should be based on the words below. Each link to a Word of the Day message with the definition of the word and an example of how it was used in The New York Times. To find more usage examples, see the Vocabulary.com online dictionary.

luminous
brooch
building
voluntarily
useless
coherent
cantankerous
to erase
range
to give
illuminate
ignominious
vice versa
quench
menagerie
requisition
macabre
galvanize
meticulous

The winners of our January vocabulary challenge, which was only open to English learners, used vocabulary words to tell vivid stories about volcanoes, car breakdowns and snowball fights. Congratulations to the eight winners, whose stories are below.

Danny Diaz14, Wydown Middle School, Clayton, Mo.

Volcanoes are like acne to the earth, they just sit there and stay the same for a long time until they erupt and erupt. It is INEVITABLE, and to AVOID the danger, you have to be VIGILANT and find a safe place to avoid DEBRIS and lava from the volcano.

Aharon Waldman17 years old, Ohr Torah Neve Shmuel, Efrat, Israel

The project was plagued with problems from the start. It was INEVITABLE after I TERSELY commented to my partner “you are the BURGER of my existence”. It seemed to offend him, but the crisis was averted. The tension eased after a HEAVY apology, and we returned to our previously PRISTINE relationship.

Miguel Campos PerezAge 15, Leadership Public School, Richmond, CA.

I was running when I bumped into a child. “It’s INEVITABLE that there’s going to be a fight,” I thought. I was VIGILANT. I saw his older brother rush towards me. My mother arrived just in time and AVOIDED the fight. I used friendly VERBIAGE and apologized. We have been friends ever since.

Eliminate Artiles Curto15, Grovetown Middle School, Grovetown, Ga.

I jostled in the crowd because my family and I were at the fair. We were having a great time until we had to wait for food as they were restocking food. So I waited about four minutes. When I entered the roller coaster my phone fell and DEBRIS was on the floor. I got so pissed off, but at least I had a good time.

Nicole AntonucciAmy Biehl High School, Albuquerque, New Mexico

I sit in my room in silence. It’s INEVITABLE, he’s coming this time for me.

He is silent, comes quietly, hidden in the shadows… I am VIGILANT now, more than I have ever been.

I know he’s there, I can feel him, I can’t AVOID his breath on my neck.

Nathanael TekluAge 13, Wydown Middle School, Clayton, Mo.

I love playing with PRISTINE snow. But being hit by a snowball in my face is the BURGE of my existence. I do my best when playing with snow to be ALERT, but getting hit by a snowball is UNAVOIDABLE.

Bartlomiej J.Poland

Since my car broke down in the middle of the night, I was sure that TOPPING UP oil was the right thing to do. “Be ALERT”, I thought, doing this fast can AVOID being MURDERED by thieves. Fortunately, I managed to come back safe and sound. Hopefully I wasn’t just postponing the INEVITABLE.

Jonathan E.Keene, NH

During the Christmas season, my family bought a copious amount of candy and we put it in a bowl. We know that when you’re a kid, you love anything with sugar in it. So it was INEVITABLE that we had to REPLENISH the candy within two days.