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National Memory Master


Important Announcement!

The National Memory Master preliminary round competitions will be held as in past years. However, the 2021 National Memory Master finals featuring the 16 selected finalists will be held during the celebratory event in the spring of 2021.


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 and a chance to win $10,000. Students interested in entering the National Memory Master competition must complete a Cycle 3 proof with their local licensed community Director. Additionally, parents should be certain that their students can accurately recall information from Cycles 1 and 2 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.


The 2020 National Memory Master Finalists

View 2020 Top 16 Finalists


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