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16 finalists selected for National Memory Master

2017 NMM Champion Jackson Ford accepts the Brian Award from Leigh Bortins. He also received $10,000.

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


There were humorous entries, informative entries, and entries that focused heavily on apologetics,” 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

Arabella Cummins, 11, Blaine, Washington

Region 2

James Penrose, 12, Thousand Oaks, California

Region 3

Evangeline Soundron, 11, Monument, Colorado

Hudson Campbell, 12, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Region 4

Lucy Bollweg, 11, Arlington Heights, Illinois

Ian Dow, 11, Palatine, Illinois

Region 5

Lance DiMalanta, 11, Broadview Heights, Ohio

Region 6

Ethan Bonow, 12, Pearland, Texas

Region 7

Zoe Aviles, 12, Franklin, Tennessee

Jonah Spieker, 11, Webb City, Missouri

Region 8

Ruth Eastlund, 11, Ossining, New York

Region 9

Peter Cantilina, 11, Milford, New Jersey

Region 10

Alitheia West, 11, Portsmouth, Virginia

Ethan Hass, 11, Waxhaw, North Carolina

Region 11

Jacob Jackson, 11, Owens Cross Roads, Alabama

Region 12

Miles Gillespie, 12, Tallahassee, Florida


For more information about the finalists, click HERE.


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 22 foreign countries. CC now has more than 117,000 students enrolled in its tutoring programs, which are provided by more than 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 


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