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National Memory Master

2019 National Memory Master Winners Announced!

This year we received over 91 entries for the National Memory Master Competition. There were humorous entries, informative entries, and entries that told compelling family history surrounding the theme of 20th Century World Wars. The hard work and effort of each student and parent was evident in every entry we received. From the outstanding pool of entries we received, our judges carefully selected the following 16 candidates. One finalist was selected for each region, and then an additional four outstanding students were selected. We hope you enjoy their videos as much as we did!

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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 attend unless no eligible submissions are entered in a given region. There is no limit on how many students from a community, state, or region can apply.


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 1 proof with their local licensed community director. Additionally, parents should be certain that their students can accurately recall information from Cycles 2 and 3 at home.


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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 contest, they will be considered a memory master for their community.


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2019 Curriculum and Competition Update

For the 2019 National Memory Master Competition we will be using the Foundations Curriculum, Fifth Edition for Cycle 1, and we will be using the Foundations Curriculum, Fourth Edition for Cycles 2 and 3.

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. Families interested in competing in the 2020 contest have two years to familiarize themselves with the content.