16 finalists selected for National Memory Master

After weeks of judging and intense debate, the National Memory Master judges have selected 16 finalists from among almost 100 quality entry videos.

“There were humorous entries, informative entries, and entries that told compelling family history surrounding the theme of 20th Century World Wars,” said NMM Coordinator Elisabeth Webber. “Quite frankly, these entries were absolutely outstanding. The hard work and effort of each student and parent was evident in every entry we received.”

The finalists include:

Region 1:     Bryland Fick, 12, Battle Ground, Washington

Emma Arkin, 11, Monroe, Oregon

Braden Kooiman, 11, Bellingham, Washington

Region 2:     Zimry Osburn, 12, Torrance, California

Region 3:     Stuart Denham, 12, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Region 4:     Micah Chan, 12, Skokie, Illinois

Region 5:     Keziah Dunston, 11, West Lafayette, Indiana

Region 6:     Luciano Reyes, 12, Round Rock, Texas

Evelyn Fisher, 12, Lubbock, Texas

Region 7/9: Noah Kline, 12, Bath, Pennsylvania

Region 8:     Karissa Burns, 12, Chesterfield, New Hampshire

Region 10:   Caden Pinkston, 12, Winchester, Virginia

Region 11:   Cristian Rodriguez, 12, Gainesville, Georgia

Eli Wright, 11, Griffin, Georgia

Region 12:   Ariel Pittman, 11, Vero Beach, Florida

Emma Stevens, 12, Jacksonville, Florida

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 2019 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 39 foreign countries. CC now has more than 122,000 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.

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