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National Memory Master


Important Announcement!

Classical Conversations would like to acknowledge the remarkable achievement of our 16 finalists in the 2020 National Memory Master Competition. Due to health considerations beyond our control, the competition onboard the 2020 Capstone Cruise was cancelled as there was no clear path to safely set a new date in the summer of 2020. Nevertheless, it is imperative to recognize the dedication, determination, and perseverance of these 16 students. We commend and congratulate them on the achievement of being National Memory Master finalists for the 2019-2020 homeschool year. Our prayer is that God will richly bless these young men and women as they continue to pursue the even greater prize of knowing Him and making Him known. The National Memory Master Competition currently plans to resume competition for the 2020-2021 homeschool year.


The 2020 National Memory Master Finalists
Have Been Selected!

From all across the United States, we received numerous entries for the 2020 National Memory Master Competition. The hard work and effort of each student and parent was evident in each entry which was received this year. Each student who entered should be incredibly proud of the hard work which has been and continues to be accomplished in and through Classical Conversations’ Foundations program.

Our team of judges poured substantial hours into watching every single video which was submitted. They carefully noted each history and science sentence used, listened intently for each entry’s theme, and marveled at the creativity, expression, and accuracy on the part of each participant. It is truly amazing how well each student articulated his or her thoughts in a beautifully engaging way.

Though there were many outstanding entries, the judging team was limited to choose 16 students as finalists for this year’s competition.

Congratulations to our 2020 National Memory Master Competition Finalists!

View 2020 Top 16 Finalists


Region Map

Entrants will be divided by region, and voting will be based on the entrant’s region of residence. At least one finalist from each region will be selected unless no eligible submissions are entered in a given region. If a region has less than five entries, competition organizers reserve the right to combine that region with the region that has the lowest number of entries.


What is the National Memory Master Competition?

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. Students interested in entering the National Memory Master competition must complete a Cycle 2 proof with their local licensed community Director. Additionally, parents should be certain that their students can accurately recall information from Cycles 1 and 3 at home.


What is the difference between the National Memory Master Competition and the regular Memory Master process?

At the end of each Foundations year, students wishing to participate in the Memory Master program recite all of the information they have learned from the following categories: history, geography, English grammar, Latin, math, and science to their parents, another adult, their Tutor, and finally to their local licensed community Director. They use memorization resources such as the popular Audio CD and Acts and Facts Timeline cards. (For a more detailed description of the Foundations program and associated memory work, please see our Foundations program page.)

Directors in licensed communities bestow the title "Memory Master" on students who successfully recite ALL of the memory facts from the current year's memory work. Students who successfully complete the Memory Master process are awarded the title “Memory Master” and are given a t-shirt to commemorate their success.

Students wishing to compete in the National Memory Master competition must complete a proof on the current Foundations cycle with their local licensed community Director as the first stage in the national competition. The only difference between this proof and a regular Memory Master proof is that it must take place earlier in the year. Once a student has completed an early proof in order to participate in the National Memory Master contest, they will be considered a Memory Master for their community.


Fifth Edition Curriculum and Competition Update

Since the information for Cycle 3 does not contain significant changes, we will be using only the Fifth Edition curriculum moving into the 2020 competition. Cycle 3 products will not be released in advance.


Congratulations to our previous National Memory Master winners and finalists!

Click below to view video submissions from our past competitions.

View 2019 Top 16 FinalistsView 2018 Top 16 Finalists


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