Albuquerque Area Home Schoolers
|Albuquerque Area Home Schoolers|
|Member of SO since||B: 2005 |
|Best regional||1st (various)|
|Best state||B: 1st (2006-2007, 2009, 2011-2018) |
C: 1st (2014, 2016, 2018)
|Best nationals||B: 30th (2011) |
C: 29th (2014)
The New Mexico-based Albuquerque Area Home Schoolers have been participating in Science Olympiad since the 2005 season when Linda Walkup organized a group of ten homeschoolers into a middle school team to provide science enrichment and opportunity for her daughter and other science-minded homeschoolers. Encouraged by their success in the ten events they participated in, the next year they stretched their team of ten to do all 23 events the next year, and somehow won the state competition. The middle school team has continued to do well, winning their state tournament from 2011 through 2020. A high school team was formed partly from the former middle school team members for the 2008 season and has continued to improve, placing fifth, then third, then second place in 2010-2013. Both the high school and middle school teams won first place at state in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
The middle school team got a first-place medal in Mission Possible in 2013, third-place medal in Mission Possible and fourth place medal in Reach for the Stars in 2012. In 2014, the high school team got a second-place medal in Rocks and Minerals, a second-place medal in Game On, and a sixth-place medal in Hydrogeology. In 2016, the middle school team won second place in Mission Possible. In 2017, the middle school team earned a second-place finish in Scrambler. In 2018, the middle school team earned second place in Anatomy and Physiology and Wright Stuff, and fourth place in Mystery Architecture, and the high school team earned first place in Helicopters and sixth place in Herpetology.
Team Motto: Pro Gloriam Dei