by George Zamora

SOCORRO, Feb. 23, 2004 – The Albuquerque Academy continues to fill its trophy case with yet another first-place trophy won at the 18th annual New Mexico Science Olympiad, which was held this past Saturday on the New Mexico Tech campus.

The Albuquerque Academy, a perennial winner at the statewide academic competition, again took first place overall in the high school division, while Hofacket Mid-High School from Deming, N.M. placed first overall in the middle school division.

The middle-school team from the Albuquerque Academy finished second in its division, while Roswell High School garnered second in the high school division.

In addition to the first-place trophies and numerous medals the science champions amassed, Albuquerque Academy and Hofacket Mid-High School also won rights to represent New Mexico at the National Science Olympiad on May 21-22 at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.

More than 800 student “intelletes” representing 25 middle schools and 25 high schools from throughout New Mexico gathered on the university campus in Socorro to compete in 40 spirited mental workouts—all of which required massive amounts of brain power, motor skills, teamwork, and imagination . . . not to mention months of planning, practice, and fine-tuning.

During the daylong event, teams of Science Olympians dropped raw eggs from tall buildings, launched rockets propelled by compressed air and water, built Rube Goldberg contraptions, and constructed efficient boomilevers, bridges, and robots in a quest for Olympic-style medals and the chance to represent the state at the national competition.

Division C:
1) Albuquerque Academy (394 points)
2) Roswell High School (383 points)
3) Socorro High School (355 points)
4) Gadsen High School (328 points)
5) Goddard High School (324 points)
6) Deming High School (310 points)
7) New Mexico Military Institute (275 points)
8) Sandia High School (273 points)
9) La Cueva High School (260 points)
10) Lovington High School (254 points)

Division B:
1) Hofacket Mid-High School (389 points)
2) Albuquerque Academy (367 points)
3) Sidney Gutierrez Middle School (346 points)
4) Wilson Middle School (324 points)
5) Cloudcroft Middle School (322 points)
6) Lovington Middle School (319 points)
7) Kirtland Middle School (293 points)
8) Madison Middle School (291 points)
9) Taylor Middle School (291 points)
10) Mesa Middle School (278 points)