Every child dreams of being the best of the best—being Tom Brady or Steph Curry or Christian Pulisic—so for those Classical Conversations students who have earned the title of Memory Master over the past few years, you can now dream of becoming the best of the best, the one and only National Memory Master!
Zoe Aviles of Franklin, Tennessee, was 12 when she won the title of National Memory Master last year, along with a $10,000 cash prize. The effervescent sixth-grader with the infectious smile was one of 16 finalists in the National Memory Master competition held April 30 during a five-day cruise to the Bahamas aboard the Carnival cruise ship Liberty. So who will become the next 11 or 12-year-old National Memory Master champion crowned this coming May?
The first step to earning this year’s title is for a student to be proofed by his tutor and Director for this year’s Memory Master cycle. Step Two begins this Friday, Feb. 10, when CC releases its story prompt for qualified students to tell a story in an interesting manner using history facts from any of the three cycles, which their parents will video. No props or prompts of any kind are allowed, whether in front of or behind the camera. In order to be considered for becoming a finalist, the student’s video must be successfully uploaded by 11:59 p.m., EST, on Feb. 17.
All uploaded videos can be viewed and voted on by family, friends and classmates until 11:59 p.m., EST, Feb. 26. National Memory Master staff, then select judges in a third round of judging, will then review all the qualifying videos and select at least one finalist from each of CC’s 12 regions, which include all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. A total of 16 finalists will be selected based on accuracy of information, quantity of history facts, creativity of the presentation and the popularity of the video. The 16 finalists will be announced on March 3.
A parent or guardian of each finalist will receive two tickets to the 2019 Capstone Cruise and up to $800 as a travel stipend. The finalist must compete in the finals on May 1 while onboard the Carnival Liberty cruise ship, cruising to the Bahamas.
Tom Brady, Steph Curry and Lionel Messi worked very, very hard to get where they are, and so did Hannah Tully. Who will be the next CC student to work very, very hard to become the best of the best—the 2017 National Memory Master?
The 16 finalists had to survive a rigorous series of local and regional competitions to reach the finals. They were tested on more than 500 facts in their local community and memorized more than 1,200 facts for the finals. Each of the finalists received two free tickets to the cruise and $800 in traveling money.
National Memory Master is a nationwide memory competition for Classical Conversations® students, ages 11-12, that culminates in a national championship for 16 finalists on a cruise and a chance to win $10,000. To complete a successful entry, the students must have been proofed by his or her tutor and director for this year’s Memory Master cycle, then produce a video less than 210 seconds long that told a story in an interesting manner using history facts from any of the three cycles.
National Memory Master staff, then selected judges in a third round of judging, reviewed all the qualifying videos and selected at least one finalist from each of CC’s 12 regions, which include all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The 16 finalists were selected based on accuracy of information, quantity of history facts, creativity of the presentation and the popularity of the video.
A parent or guardian of each finalist will receive two tickets to the 2018 Capstone Cruise and up to $800 as a travel stipend. The finalist must compete in the finals on April 30 while onboard the Carnival Liberty cruise ship, cruising to the Bahamas.
Classical Conversations® is a classical education resource used by homeschoolers in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. CC now has more than 125,000 students enrolled in its tutoring programs, which are provided by 2,500 CC communities. CC provides resources, guidance and a community for a Christian home school curriculum using classical education in three developmental stages: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric.
Leigh Bortins started Classical Conversations in 1997. The family-owned company is headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.classicalconversations.com.