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National Number Knockout will crown 2020 champ May 7

National Number Knockout (N2K) is returning to the high seas this May. Sixteen finalists from across the nation will compete for the title of 2020 N2K National Champion and a $10,000 cash prize onboard the Carnival cruise ship Victory on May 7.


To the uninitiated ear, the answers sounded like gibberish—faster than a veteran auctioneer. But to Tyler Turner, 14, of Marietta, Georgia, 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. Tyler performed these mental math gymnastics so fast, in fact, that he won the 2019 National Number Knockout championship last May, along with a $10,000 grand prize.


The finalists include:

Eleanore Bodde, 13, Rochester, Minnesota

Lucy Bollweg, 13, Arlington Heights, Illinois

David Brenner, 13, Des Plaines, Illinois

Steven Christie, 13, Plantation, Florida

Tristan Doner, 13, Omaha, Nebraska

Ian Dow*, 13, Palatine, Illinois

Jakin Epp, 13, York, Nebraska

Erik Hill*, 13, Rochester, Minnesota

Lydia Kipp, 13, Blacksburg, Virginia

Nathan Michael, 13, Clearfield, Utah

Cameron James Modock, 13, Boca Raton, Florida

Charis Ng, 13, Mason, Ohio

Lucas Nowak, 13, Rochester, Minnesota

Joshua Oh*, 12, Palos Verdes Peninsula, California

Daniel Sigmon, 13, Raleigh, North Carolina,

Josiah Stockebrand, 14, Yates Center, Kansas

*Returning 2019 finalists


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 39 foreign countries. Classical Conversations now has more than 122,000 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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