Santa Clarita girl is finalist for $10,000 memory championship
Santa Clarita, CA—A Santa Clarita fifth-grader will embark in less than a week on a voyage to become a national memory champion and earn a $10,000 grand prize.
Emma Fowler, 11, of Santa Clarita, is one of 16 finalists in the National Memory Master competition. On May 2 Emma 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.
The 16 finalists have already been through a rigorous series of local and regional competitions to reach the finals. Emma’s presentation to reach this point in the competition was a recitation of European history from the perspective of Napoleon Bonaparte. “Like he was visiting a therapist and wondering why people call it a Napoleon complex,” Emma explained. “Obviously, it was all the other people who had the problems!”
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.
Emma attends the Santa Clarita Valley Classical Conversations community. She is the daughter of Will and Jenny Fowler and the oldest of four children. Emma is finishing her third year as a Classical Conversations, or CC, student and has been a Memory Master all three years.
She says she loves horseback riding, writing stories, loves to laugh and loves anything pink. She also enjoys acting and is a published illustrator.
“Emma’s friends would tell you that Emma loves Jesus very much and often thinks in light of how Jesus would have her speak or act,” her mother said.
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.
John Carpenter, Communication Journalist