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Morgan County Girl Finalist for $10,000 Mental Math Championship


Morgan, Utah—A Salt Lake City-area eighth-grader will embark later this month on a voyage to become a national math champion and earn a $10,000 grand prize.

Grace Parish, 14, is one of 16 finalists in the National Number Knockout (N2K) competition. On May 1, Grace will compete in three rounds of mental number crunching during a five-day cruise to the Bahamas aboard the Carnival cruise ship Liberty. Each of the finalists received two free tickets to the cruise and $800 in traveling money.

“I am honored to be an N2K finalist,” Grace said. “I’m also excited to take on the challenge of competition with kids from around the country.”

Grace and the other 15 finalists have already been through a rigorous series of local and regional competitions to reach the finals.

The National Number Knockout competition is hosted by Classical Conversations®, Inc., a classical education resource used by homeschoolers in all 50 states and 22 foreign countries. Classical Conversations now has more than 117,000 students enrolled in its tutoring programs. N2K is open to any student, ages 10-14.

Grace is homeschooled. She is the daughter of Jerry and Carla Parish and has an older brother. Grace’s favorite school subjects are anatomy, math and history. She also enjoys riding horses, dance, choir, musical theater, ice skating, youth group, Pony Club, snowboarding and skiing. Grace enjoys the fast-paced challenge of N2K.

National Number Knockout is a mental math game played with three dice and a playing grid of 36 squares, each containing a number. Students are given 60 seconds to generate as many equations as possible with unique answers from the numbers on the dice using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, roots, and exponents, in such a way that the result is a number on the board. For more information about N2K, visit nationalnumberknockout.com.

In addition to the fourth-annual National Number Knockout finals, the annual CC Capstone Cruise will also feature the third-annual National Memory Master competition and CC’s third 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.

For more information visit www.classicalconversations.com. 

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