Competition Details

Students 10-14 years old compete for $10,000!

Here’s what you need to know about the competition and how to prepare for it as your student’s educator.

Capstone Cruise

Classical Conversations’ Capstone Cruise will be hosting the 2019 National Number Knockout Championship aboard the Carnival cruise ship Liberty for a five-day (four-night) cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida destined for Nassau and Princess Cay in the Bahamas. The Cruise will embark on April 28th and disembark on May 2nd, 2019.

Click here for more information about the Capstone Cruise.

The Prize

The 2019 National Number Knockout will take place on April 30th 2019, onboard Carnival’s Liberty cruise ship. Finalists will embark from Port Canaveral, Florida, on April 28th, 2019. They will compete for one day, and then will be free to enjoy the rest of the cruise with no N2K obligations. The cruise disembarks on May 2nd , 2019.

Sixteen students 10 to 14 will be selected from across the country to participate in the National Number Knockout Competition. National Number Knockout will provide each contender and one parent or guardian with a spot on the cruise, in a 2-person interior cabin, plus $800 in cash to use for transportation to and from Port Canaveral. This is a $1,600 value. In addition to winning a paid cruise, hardworking contestants will compete to win $10,000.


N2K is a math competition for students between the ages of 10 to 14. The cut-off date for all 14-year-old students is June 15th of each competition year. If a student will be turning 15 before this date during the same year as the competition, the student will not be eligible to participate in the competition.

N2K is only open to U.S. Citizens living within the United States and to children of military personnel living abroad. No international students are eligible at this time.

Important Documents

All contestants’ parents will be required to complete this list of documents for their child to participate in the competition. A W-9 is required of all competitors who stand a chance at winning the $10,000 grand prize, since it is taxable income. The W-9 will be in the name of the student’s parent in order to issue 1099’s. A Social Security Number is required in order for N2K to issue a 1099.

  • Parental Release Form
  • Photography & Video Release Form
  • W-9 Form
  • Cruise Room Booking Form

Contestants will receive these documents from N2K upon acceptance of offer to participate in the competition by email. Parents must respond to the requests for information promptly or their student will be disqualified from the competition.


N2K reserves the right to disqualify a contestant if the judges and administrators collectively determine that a student is acting with unsportsmanlike conduct. N2K also reserves the right to disqualify a contestant if the judges and administrators collectively determine that a student’s parent/guardian, tutor, or teacher are acting with unsportsmanlike conduct.