ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 1, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley honored the winners in the 2010 Black Saga Competition today, at a recognition ceremony for the contestants and their supporters. The Governor presented citations to the academic teams consisting of elementary and middle schools students from around the state.
The Black Saga Competition is a competitive learning activity that tests student’s knowledge of the African American experience as a part of history. The competition is based upon Black Saga – The African American Experience: A Chronology written by Dr. Charles M. Christian. The book documents the African American experience in the United States from colonial times to the present in brief entries, arranged in chronological order.
“Working together as One Maryland, we are making real progress to improve the education of every child and to expand opportunities to more Marylanders,” said Governor O’Malley. “Together with programs like the Black Saga Competition, we are strengthening our kids’ skills, preparing them to compete in a global economy and building on the progress we have already made in our public schools.”
Each elementary and middle school that registers for the competition may select no more than two teams, with three members each, supported by the school principal and teacher coordinators. After a challenging in-school competition, two winning teams emerge to compete in the statewide competition held at Towson University during spring break in March.
At the statewide competition, the 10 teams on each level with the highest scores from the first round of competition advance to the championship round. In the championship round, each team answers 10 questions and those scores are used to establish 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers. Students on 1st place teams receive $300 each, students on 2nd place teams receive $200 each and students on 3rd place teams receive $100 each.
The 1st place elementary school receives $300 as does the 1st place middle school.
Each of the top 10 elementary and middle schools receive a plaque for display.
The Black Saga Competition is sponsored by Coppin State University, Towson University and the Maryland Geographic Alliance at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.