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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 and informative entries,” said NMM Coordinator Kelli Wilt. “Quite frankly, these entries were absolutely outstanding. The hard work and effort of each student and parent was evident in every entry we received.”


Each entrant had to create an informative video that covered a wide variety of topics including Greek and Roman gods, the Renaissance, U.S. astronauts, Newton’s laws of motion, the solar system, the planets, days of creation, U.S. space missions, etc.


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 2020 Capstone Cruise and up to $800 as a travel stipend. The finalist must compete in the finals on May 6 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 


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