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Williamsburg boy is finalist for $10,000 memory championship

Williamsburg, VA-A Williamsburg fifth-grader will embark in less than three weeks on a voyage to become a national memory champion and earn a $10,000 grand prize.

Timothy Tarter, 11, of Williamsburg, is one of 16 finalists in the National Memory Master competition. On May 2 Timothy will compete in three rounds of academic memory testing during a five-day cruise to the Bahamas aboard the Carnival cruise ship Victory. Each of the finalists received two free tickets to the cruise and $800 in traveling money.

"I am honored to have been selected as a NMM finalist because the competition was very strong, Timothy said.  "I'm looking forward to meeting everyone on the cruise."

The 16 finalists have already been through a rigorous series of local and regional competitions to reach the finals. Timothy's presentation to qualify as an NMM finalist focused on a major theme in the story of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance-the struggle between man's desire for security versus his desire for freedom.

The National Memory Master competition is hosted by Classical Conversations, a classical education resource used by homeschoolers in all 50 states and 14 foreign countries. Classical Conversations now has more than 93,000 students enrolled in its tutoring programs.

The son of Sean and Ashley Tarter, Timothy has participated in the Classical Conversations community that meets at Smith Memorial Baptist Church in Lightfoot, Virginia, for the past seven years and has been a National Memory Master for six years in a row.  He enjoys playing tennis, Lego robotics and playing with Nerf guns.  

In addition to the National Memory Masters competition, the first CC Capstone Cruise will also feature the third annual National Number Knockout finals and CC's first high school commencement.

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.

Started in 1997 and headquartered in West End, North Carolina, CC is a family-owned company that provides services to almost 1,900 CC communities around the world. For more information visit www.classicalconversations.com.

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