JONES COUNTY, Miss. - A Jones county girl, LillyAnn Bond, 11, qualifies to compete and attend the National Memory Master Competition, but needs the public's votes to attend.
The National Memory Master competition originated in 2016 as a way to encourage classically educated students.
Bond is one out of two Mississippi residents who has met all the criteria to be a contestant in the competition.
She will draw upon three academic years of memorized subjects, but in order to get there she needs 4,000 votes from the community to represent Mississippi.
Only a week ago National Memory Master released 12 sentences that Bond studied over two years ago. To get to this state of the competition, she submitted in under 48 hours a creative and engaging story using those 12 sentences with 100% accuracy in under 195 seconds.
She said, " I am really excited, about being in this competition, I worked really hard over the last 6 years, to be able to compete in a National academic competition, while representing Mississippi.”
According to Bond the other contestant resides in Oxford, Mississippi.
To vote for Bond you can click here.
The National Memory Master Competition:
There are many criteria to attend. A student must be enrolled in Classical Conversations, be 11-12 years old, be tested as a current Memory Master (100%recall, 4 different times, on 100% of academics learned for that year), have been a Memory Master previously, be fluent in all subjects, be capable of competing and recalling information in high stress situations. National Memory Master releases 12 history sentences that they chose on a set day and qualifying students must take those sentences and create an engaging, accurate, and entertaining story using these sentences without prompts or props in less than 195 seconds. This must be completed and executed within 7 days. National Memory Master then releases these videos to the public for voting. After voting, select videos will go a final round of judging before 16 national finalists are accepted to compete.
The national competition will be held on a cruise! The 16 national finalists will compete in 3 rounds. The first round is is a basic test of oral recall of all memory work studied for the last 3 years. Geography is more in depth and requires students be able to locate specific locations anywhere on a world map. Latin, science, geography, English grammar, math, Bible, history and a biblically correct 164 timeline will be covered. The 12 top students will proceed to round 2. This round is a Memory Bee. Students will be judged and the top 6 scoring students will proceed to the final round. In between rounds, the students will have to recite memory work backwards and forwards. The final round will end with the last student standing.