|Release Date: 2/25/2013||Contact: Charles Herndon, 410-887-6111|
TOWSON, MD—Teams from Hillcrest Elementary School and Sudbrook Magnet Middle School emerged as elementary and middle school champions in close matches at the 2013 Baltimore County Public Schools’ Black Saga Competition, held Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Randallstown High School. The Black Saga competition challenges students to answer more than 800 questions about the African American experience. The Black Saga competition begins each fall when students start competing against teams within their schools and counties before moving up to the statewide finals. In both elementary and middle school finals, first-place teams both scored 10 points in the Saturday competition, but multiple teams tied for second place on both levels. Hillcrest Elementary School’s team repeated as the county’s elementary champions. The top finishers on the elementary school level were: 1st place – Hillcrest Team 1 2nd place – West Towson Team 1 2nd place – West Towson Team 2 The middle school competition also was close, with just three points separating first place from three second place teams from two schools. Last year, the Sudbrook team finished second to Deer Park Middle Magnet School; the schools reversed places this year. The top middle school teams were: 1st place – Sudbrook Team 1 2nd place – Deer Park Middle Magnet 2nd place – Pikesville 1 2nd place – Pikesville 2 The event was moderated by Dr. Lisa Williams, BCPS’ director of the Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency. Throughout the finals, Randallstown High School overflowed with scores of enthusiastic parents, school staff, family, and friends. All BCPS schools are eligible to send up to two teams each to the Maryland State Black Saga competition to be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Towson University’s Union and Burdick Hall.