Baltimore County students thrive in Black Saga contest

March 21, 2007

Six teams from Baltimore County elementary schools placed among the top 10 winning schools at last weekend's statewide Black Saga competition at Towson University, county school officials announced.

In the elementary school division, a team from Rodgers Forge Elementary took first place, a team from Warren Elementary School in Cockeysville placed second and a group from Westchester Elementary School in Catonsville came in third.

A team from Cromwell Valley Elementary School won fourth place. A team from Deer Park Elementary School in Owings Mills finished seventh, and a team from Wellwood International School in Pikesville finished ninth.

Among middle schools, a team from Sudbrook Magnet Middle School in Pikesville finished third, and a team from Franklin Middle School in Reisterstown came in fourth.

The Black Saga competition, created by Charles Christian, author of Black Saga: The African American Experience, challenges students to answer more than 800 questions about African-American history. Preparation begins in the fall, when students compete against teams within their schools and then within their counties before advancing to the statewide finals.

At the finals, the top five teams at the elementary and middle school levels win trophies. In addition, students on the top three teams at each level receive cash prizes ranging from $100 to $300 per student.

Teams from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Charles, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties also competed.

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