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National Memory Master


Top 16 National Memory Master Finalists

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From everyone on the National Memory Master team, we offer our congratulations and we look forward to meeting you at the Championship!


Thank you to all the wonderful entrants in the National Memory Master Competition!

This year we received over 80 entries, and the hard work and effort of each student and parent was evident in each entry we received. Each student who entered should be incredibly proud of the hard work which was and continues to be accomplished in and through Classical Conversations’ Foundations program.

Thank you for sharing your 2021 National Memory Master Competition entry video with us. Our judging team commends you on your hard work and wishes to encourage you as you continue to heartily pursue the greater prize to know God and make Him known. May God richly bless you and your family in your Classical Conversations community.


Region Map

Entrants will be divided by region of residence. If a region has less than five entries, competition organizers reserve the right to combine that region with the region that has the next lowest number of entries.

NMM region map


Review the 2021 Prompt and Rule Book!

2021 NMM Prompt2021 NMM Rule Book


Is YOUR 6th grade student ready for the ULTIMATE Foundations challenge?

National Memory Master competitors in NMM Competition t-shirts Each year Classical Conversations selects 16 students from across the country to participate in the National Memory Master Competition. The contest was developed specifically for Foundations students who will be entering Challenge A in the fall, and it is designed to help them cement the knowledge they have acquired over the course of their Foundations journey.

To participate, students must submit a scouting video, explained in detail in the Rule Book. The top 16 national finalists will compete April 29, 2021, as part of the Classical Conversations National Conference near Southern Pines, North Carolina. Finalists will receive two tickets to the National Conference as well as a travel stipend to cover transportation expenses, and one hardworking student will win the competition and the grand prize of $10,000!


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 at the Classical Conversations National Conference 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 Foundation’s 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 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.

Student’s 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 competition, they will be considered a Memory Master for their community.


Fifth Edition Curriculum and Competition Update

We will be using only the Foundations Curriculum, Fifth Edition curriculum for the 2021 competition.


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Parents and students report that the National Memory Master Contest benefited their families as they transitioned from the Foundations and Essentials program to the Challenge program in the following ways:


"Confidence - Doing NMM taught Ivy that she CAN learn/ memorize a large amount of material just by working hard and not giving up. This was HUGE! She is not afraid to tackle any lesson...every lesson seems small compared to learning an entire CC Cycle."

~ April Jirsa


“Mastering the Memory Work- Knowing the memory work very firmly- especially the Latin declensions and conjugations, helped prepare me for Challenge A. The cartography for the world map drawing taught me the basic shapes of many of the countries. It also taught me how to memorize drawing the countries on a grid because I did it over and over again in preparation for the competition.”

~ Elizabeth Pryzbyla


“Family Bonding- I committed to memorizing the timeline backward WITH my son. This helped him emotionally and strategically, as we had to problem-solve together HOW it could be done. Since I have five children (including an extremely active one year old as we prepared), these sessions often occurred in odd segments of time including very late at night, but the bonding of those hours will stay with me a long time”

~ Marcia Ford


“Time management- THIS, in my opinion, is the MOST important skill we gained from National Memory Master. My son, Ethan, and I would sit down and make a plan for what he needed to work on each day, which included his own school work, Essentials, and also National Memory Master work-like the timeline backwards, and he would prioritize his day and work. We would take breaks and I would go over stuff with him during the day, BUT this was his responsibility and he took ownership of this. IT is a huge leap from Foundations/ Essentials to Challenge A and this prepared us for the transition. This experience taught him to work HARD and to tackle HARD things, which is all a part of challenge work.”

~Kimber Morrow