40th Annual High School SOU YP Scavenger Hunt
Nov 8 - 10 Hunt
Nov 15 In Person Adjudication
The High School SOU YP Scavenger Hunt is a quality competitive event that promotes intellectual curiosity and academic skill.
Developed and hosted by Southern Oregon University Pre-College Youth Programs, schools and school districts in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties are invited to participate in this exciting and challenging event!
Goals of the SOU YP High School Scavenger Hunt
To increase knowledge of how to access and critically analyze sources of information
To encourage team work in an academic arena, and reward intellectual curiosity
To offer experience in constructing persuasive arguments with supporting evidence
To emphasize the importance of organization, documentation and precision
To promote civil discourse and respectful argumentation skills
How will the hunt go in 2022?
We are pleased to bring Scavenger Hunt back in person this year!
Results & Wrap Up
39th annual SOU Youth Programs High School Scavenger Hunt
165 students, representing eleven area high schools, participated in the 2021 High School Scavenger Hunt competition. This was SOU Pre-College Youth Program’s second year in a row offering a virtual academic competition. Even with all of the changes to remote engagement, students and coaches alike agreed that they enjoyed working on the hunt once again this year, and that we are all looking forward to Scavenger Hunt returning to an in-person event on the SOU campus for fall of 2022!
We send our congratulations to Logos Charter School for their first place win with 328 points, out of a possible 344 total!
Grants Pass High School takes second place with 301 points.
Crater BIS came in a close third place with 299 points.
Special recognition goes to Ashland High School and Rogue River Senior High, as our runners up in 4th & 5th places.
We send our congratulations to all of this year’s teams on a job well done! The Hunt Director pulled together a challenging program of Scavenger Hunt questions, and once again students and coaches met each question with a plan for thorough research and there was even some very strategic defending of team answers. The judges were very impressed by the effort and excellence each team brought to this year’s competition.
A HUGE thank you goes to the volunteers who joined us to make this event possible! At our virtual judges’ table: our long-time moderator Steve Boyarsky, past Scavenger Hunt judge Bill Gabriel, and our past score keeper-turned judge Kim Gabriel used sound judgment while engaging students with humor and wisdom. Interim Director of SOU Pre-College Youth Programs Katherine Gosnell executed the virtual event with the tremendous support of staff member Mary Katie Brown, who also served as a Bring-In judge.
Of course, we can’t go without a huge thank you to Jim Impara, our fearless Hunt Director, who leads us through a research expedition each year challenging us with his formidable questions. Thank you, Jim!
Thank you to Lithia 4 Kids and the school districts in Jackson and Josephine counties!
38th annual SOU YP High School Scavenger Hunt Academic Competition
101 students, representing eight area high schools, participated in the 2020 High School Scavenger Hunt competition. SOU’s first-ever virtual academic competition broke new ground with innovative remote prosecution and adjudication formats. While an in-person event will likely always be preferable when possible, students and coaches alike agreed that the virtual version exceeded their expectations, and delivered on the excitement of the Hunt!
Congratulations to Logos Charter School for their first place win with 318 points, out of a possible 366 total!
Ashland High School was “hot on their heels” with only a one point spread to take second place with 317 points.
Grants Pass High School came in at 3rd place with 311 points, and some of the most remarkable Bring-In submissions in recent memory!
Special recognition goes to Crater High School and Rogue River Senior High, our runners up in 4th & 5th places.
We congratulate all of this year’s teams on a job well done! While grappling with all the other extraordinary circumstances of 2020, students and coaches still rose to the occasion with ingenuity, fortitude, and insight! Every participant deserves to be so very proud of the effort and excellence they brought to this year’s competition.
A HUGE thank you to the volunteers who come out to make this event possible! At our virtual judges’ table: retired attorney David Ingalls and our long-time moderator Steve Boyarsky used their sound judgment while engaging students with humor and wisdom. SOU Youth Programs’ coordinator Holly Kilpatrick executed the virtual event with the tremendous support of staff member Mary Katie Brown, who also served as a Bring-In judge. Youth Programs Assistant Director, Katherine Gosnell served as our virtual event support person and timekeeper.
Of course, we can’t go without saying a tremendous thank you to Jim Impara, our fearless Hunt Director, who leads us through a research expedition each year challenging us with his formidable questions. Thank you, Jim!
Special thanks to Lithia 4 Kids and the school districts in Jackson and Josephine counties!
The 2020 virtual Scavenger Hunt Bring-In Challenges had students: collecting and weighing rock samples, tracking down a sourdough starter and baking their own loaf, building a camera obscura, conducting a timed cup toss challenge, researching a building in their community that was formely a barbershop, hunting down a geocache, crocheting a hat in their school colors, tracking bown a vintage lunchbox, and more.
37th annual High School Scavenger Hunt Academic Competition
Over 260 students, representing thirteen area high schools participated in the 2019 SOU YP High School Scavenger Hunt competition, with over 170 participating the day of the adjudication. The excitement was palpable with Rogue River Room on SOU campus packed with the most high school teams this event has ever seen.
We are very grateful for support from Lithia4Kids, which makes our Academic Competitions possible.