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National Number Knockout will crown 2018 champ May 1

Deadline for ‘insiders’ Prime Advantage registration is Jan. 31


The 2018 National Number Knockout (N2K) competition is gearing up, and today is the last day for competitors to register for the Prime Advantage package, which, in addition to tips from previous champions, examples of variations used in past competitions, and advice on solving for the highest numbers first, will also give your competitor a week’s head start on the scouting video prompt.


National Number Knockout (N2K) is returning to the high seas this May. Sixteen finalists from across the nation will compete for the title of 2018 N2K National Champion and a $10,000 cash prize onboard the Carnival cruise ship Victory on May 1.


To the uninitiated ear, the answers sounded like gibberish—faster than a veteran auctioneer. But to Ethan Gates, 12, of Rochester, Minnesota, he not only knew exactly what he was saying, he was also performing dozens of math equations in his head to get those answers. All in 60 seconds. Ethan performed these mental math gymnastics so fast, in fact, that he won the 2017 National Number Knockout championship last May, along with a $10,000 grand prize.


Students interested in entering the National Number Knockout competition must submit a scouting video via YouTube by March 4. This year’s Scouting Board will be announced to Prime Advantage members on Feb. 1 and to the general public on Feb. 8.


The competition is open to all homeschool students in the United States and all military families abroad who can provide a U.S. Birth Certificate. N2K will pay for the cruise and travel expenses for the 16 national finalists. An additional prize of $2,000 will be awarded to the champion’s educator.


N2K gives finalists more than just a cruise to the Bahamas and the chance to win $10,000; the game helps students improve their calculating speed and accuracy. N2K is easy to pick up; it excites students and challenges students of all abilities.


National Number Knockout is a mental math game played with three dice and a playing grid of 36 squares, each containing a number. Students are given 60 seconds to generate as many equations as possible with unique answers from the numbers on the dice using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, roots, and exponents, in such a way that the result is a number on the board.


For more information about N2K, visit


The N2K competition is hosted by Classical Conversations®, a classical education resource used by homeschoolers in all 50 states and 22 foreign countries. Classical Conversations now has more than 117,000 students enrolled in its tutoring programs.


CC provides resources, guidance and a community for a home school curriculum using classical education in three developmental stages: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric, and taught from a Christian worldview, according to its founder, Leigh Bortins. She says CC supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families. She believes there are three keys to a great education: classical, Christian and community.


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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