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Hillcrest ES Wins Division of County's Black Saga Competition

Hillcrest Elementary School won the event held last weekend and will go on to the state finals.

Hillcrest Elementary School won the elementary school division of the 2013 Baltimore County Public Schools' Black Saga Competition, held last Saturday at Randallstown High.  

This event has students answering over 800 questions about the African-American experience. It starts in the fall each year when students begin to compete against teams from their own schools and counties before eventually moving to the state finals.

That's where Hillcrest will be going now.

Hillcrest also won the elementary school division last year. In this year's event, Hillcrest's Team 1 is the team that captured the title.

West Towson's Team 1 took second place while West Towson's Team 2 was third. 

Sudbrook Team 1 won in the middle school division.

The Maryland State Black Saga competition is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at Towson University's Union and Burdick Hall.

Jay Hammond February 27, 2013 at 04:18 AM
How about a HISTORY competition! When is the Native American saga competition? When is the Central American saga competition? When is the Irish American saga competition? When is the German American saga competition? When is the Israili American saga competition? Can we celebrate without division! Can we celebrate with union?
Geoffrey Atkinson February 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM
>> When is the Israili American saga competition? I'm going to guess right after the geography and spelling competition.
Cindy H February 27, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Speaking as a parent with a child who participated, I can tell you that: A) I learned a ton of information about American history that I did not know before, specifically related to the issues of slavery and civil rights (and I am college educated). B) It was a rigorous extracurricular voluntary academic competition. And C) Yes, Jay Hammond this information and the others you mention that are actually part of American history should ALL be better integrated within the history curriculum to tell the complete story of our country. Some are, but most aren't. It's still pretty much the same European immigration information that gets covered every year - just like it was taught in the 1960's and 1970s. Oh, and D) Learning 800 facts on top of regular school assignments and other outside activities is PLENTY for one competition! It took a ton of time and effort, but it was an excellent experience for the kids working as teams and all of them worked hard and did a great job.
bystander February 28, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Mr. Hammond, these are good questions and your point is taken, but you do realize that simply asking them gets you labeled as a racist by the ‘open minded’. I would label you as ‘more open minded’ though.
Cindy H February 28, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Perhaps I am biased because I had a child who participated. However, it seems to me when there is an article commending the achievement of six 10-11 year old elementary school students in our town who spent several months of their own free time studying to compete in an extracurricular academic competition in a county competition, the appropriate comment is "Congratulations on your hard work, you all did a great job representing Hillcrest and we are proud of all of you!"
Laura Blanco Dzingeleski February 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Well said. Great job kids, we are proud of you!!!
Jennifer Cooper February 28, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Well done kids! Good luck at the state competition!
Joan McCartan March 01, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Let's celebrate some super kids!! The students who participated worked hard in their free time to do something positive! So let's be good role models and be positive in return! Congrats to our super Hillcrest teams! You kids rock!


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