Nashua boy is finalist for $10,000 memory championship
Nashua, NH—A Nashua 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.
Levi Santoro, 11, of Nashua, is one of 16 finalists in the National Memory Master competition. On May 2 Levi 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’m excited to be one of the first 16 National Memory Masters finalists EVER,” Levi said, “but I’m sad that my friend Brian [Cole] isn’t going also.”
The 16 finalists have already been through a rigorous series of local and regional competitions to reach the finals. Levi’s presentation to reach this point described how the early Middle Ages fit into the great classical conversations of history.
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 Ronald and Jillene Santoro, Levi is the youngest of three children. He attends Classical Conversations of Barrington, New Hampshire. Although this is his first year in the Barrington community, he completed two years in the Classical Conversations of Merrimack community. He is a three-time Memory Master, and his favorite subjects are math and history.
When he’s not on the soccer field playing for Nashua World Cup, Levi enjoys futsal, snowboarding, skiing, cup-stacking, video games and singing at church. He is looking forward to becoming a certified soccer referee this summer.
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