38th Annual High School State of Jefferson Scavenger Hunt
Hunt dates: November 10-13, 2020
Adjudication dates: November 18-20, 2020

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The High School State of Jefferson 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!

Learning groups not affiliated with a school or school district, who are interested in competing as a team in this year’s Scavenger Hunt should contact us to receive more information about eligibility and fees for participation.


Goals of the State of Jefferson 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


For Competition Rules, Procedures, and Inquiries

Holly Kilpatrick, Southern Oregon University Youth Programs Coordinator at 541-552-6390 or at kilpatrih@sou.edu.

(**The title State of Jefferson has been applied to these competitions for nearly 40 years and is used to denote the general geographical region that participants come from. There is not now, nor has there ever been, a political affiliation or intent attached to that title.)


What will be different in 2020?

  1. As with most school-year programming this Fall, Scavenger Hunt will be modified to respond to current circumstances. Here are the changes teams and coaches can expect for the 2020 season:
  2. The Bring-In portion of the competition will take place in the weeks ahead of the Hunt this year. Coaches are encouraged to use the Bring-In portion to build their team and establish collective work systems. The “Bring-Ins” will be submitted through photo and video documentation rather than physical objects this year. Adjudication for the Bring-In portion of the hunt will take place over Zoom. During that Zoom call, students will have a chance to support their photographic and video evidence to the Bring-In judges.
  3. The Hunt itself will remain much the same as in past years, with the addition of short scheduled times for each school to have a window of exclusive access to the Hunt Director during the hunt to have their questions answered.
  4. Adjudication will happen virtually via Zoom, and will be a bit different this year. As usual, each team will submit their final answers and citations at the end of the Hunt. A few days later, each team will receive their opponent’s answers and citations to review and score. Each team will have a scheduled virtual adjudication date and time, where they will meet with the adjudication panel and hear how their opponents evaluated their answers and citations, and what score they were offered. Teams will then either accept the proffered score, or present their documentation and argue their case for additional points before the adjudication panel. The Monday following adjudication, final post-adjudication scores and 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners will be announced.
  5. Teams will be asked to supply a headshot of each of their team members when they submit the team roster. These photos will be used in lieu of the usual team photographs when the participants and victors are announced on our web page and the press release is sent out.

Questions? Please contact Holly Kilpatrick, SOU YP Programs Coordinator, at kilpatrih@sou.edu or (541)552-6390.

Lithia Logo  We are very grateful for support from Lithia4Kids, which makes our Academic Competitions possible.

2019 Wrap Up:

37th annual High School State of Jefferson Scavenger Hunt

Over 260 students, representing thirteen area high schools participated in the 2019 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.

Congratulations to Logos Charter School for their first place win with 279 points, out of a possible 302 total!

Grants Pass High School took second place with 269 points.

Rogue River Senior High School came in a slim third place with 263 points.

Special recognition to Crater High School and North Valley, our runners up in 4th & 5th places.

And, a very warm welcome to Saint Mary's and Armadillo Technical Institute who both did fantastic in their first year participating.

We congratulate our teams this year on a job well done. Those questions were difficult, and you rose to the occasion with ingenuity, fortitude, and insight! 


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         Logos Charter School, 1st Place 



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Grants Pass High School, 2nd Place



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Rogue River Senior High School, 3rd Place



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A HUGE thank you to the volunteers who come out to make this event possible: Michael Mayerle, our moderator who keeps things rolling along with humor and panache. At our judges’ table: retired attorneys David Ingalls and Tim Egan, and retired teacher Bill Gabriel use their sound judgment to help settle disputes. Our scorekeepers Kim Gabriel and Carryl Breon, both retired teachers, provide accurate and timely updates on our mounting scores throughout the day. SOU Youth Programs coordinator Holly Kilpatrick  executed the event with the tremendous support of staff member Mary Katie Brown, who also served as our Bring-In judge. Youth Programs Assistant Director, Katherine Gosnell served as our photographer and an event support person. Thank you to Lithia 4 Kids and the school districts in Jackson and Josephine counties who financially support this program!

Of course, we can’t go without saying 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!  

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