22nd annual Middle School State of Jefferson Scavenger Hunt

2020 Hunt Dates: TBA

Adjudication Dates: TBA

Structure and Process to be Announced!

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The annual Middle School Scavenger Hunt is sponsored by Southern Oregon University Pre-College Youth Programs and participating schools and school districts in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties. We are very grateful for support from Lithia4Kids, which makes our Academic Competitions possible.

The State of Jefferson Scavenger Hunts are high-quality competitive events promoting intellectual curiosity and academic skill.

Goals of the State of Jefferson High School and Middle School Scavenger Hunts
-To increase knowledge of how to access information
-To learn team work and organization in an academic arena
-To construct a persuasive argument with supporting evidence
-To critically analyze sources of information
-To learn the importance of precision
-To have fun with academics

Information below will be updated on this site as event dates arrive:

2019 MS Scavenger Hunt Questions: Dedicatee and General Knowledge 1-29 

2019 MS Scavenger Hunt Questions: General Knowledge 30-47 and Bring Ins 

(*Please note that the questions had to be split up in half in order for them to uploaded online. This does not change the integrity of how they are answered*)

2019 Wrap Up:

21st annual Middle School State of Jefferson Scavenger Hunt

Over 275 students, representing thirteen middle schools participated in the 2019 Middle School Scavenger Hunt competition, with over 250 participating the two days of adjudication on SOU campus.

Division B kicked off our adjudication days on Tuesday December 10th. Six schools practiced their civil argumentation skills and presented their research throughout a fun day of competition.

Congratulations to Scenic Middle School for their first place win with 154 points, out of a possible 259 total!

Hanby Middle School placed second with only a 4 point spread with 150 points.

Eagle Point Middle School came in a close third place with 142 points.

Special recognition to Rogue River Middle School and North Middle School, our runners up in 4th & 5th places. And, a very warm welcome to Kid’s Unlimited who worked hard in their first year participating.

scenic with Trophy

                                                                                                Tuesday's 1st Place Team: Scenic Middle School

Hanby Team Photo

                                                                         Tuesday 2nd Place Team: Hanby Middle School

Eagle Point Team Photo

                                                         Tuesday 3rd Place Team: Eagle Point Middle School


Division A packed the Rogue River Room on Wednesday December 11th. What intense competition we witnessed in Division A this year, with very slim margins between the scores of our top three schools!

Congratulations to Logos Charter School for their first place win with 249 points, out of a possible 259 total!

Ashland Middle School was “hot on their heels” with a 2 point spread in second place with 247 points.

Talent Middle School came in third place with 234 points.

Special recognition to Willow Wind and Valley Schools, our runners up in 4th & 5th places.

Logos all smiles with trophy

                                                            Wednesday 1st Place Team: Logos Charter School 

Team Ashland Middle

                                                              Wednesday 2nd Place Team: Ashland Middle School

Team Talent MS

                                                               Wednesday 3rd Place Team: Talent Middle School

We congratulate all the teams this year on a job well done! Your devotion to seeking out the answers and your formidable competitive spirits really shone this year.


Talent All Smiles with Coach  Wed Puzzle challenge cropped

Willow Wind  Eagle Point v Hanby

Ku and North all smiles  Hedrick Girls at the Table  Talent v Ashland

A tremendous thank you to our volunteers who make this event possible: Steve Boyarsky, our long-time moderator who engages the students with humor and wisdom. 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 members: Youth Programs Assistant Director, Katherine Gosnell, Office Specialist Mary Katie Brown, who also served as our Bring-In judge extraordinaire, and our Student Office Assistants Karma Mills-Morrow and Cayley Busenkell who served as our event support staff. 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 a HUGE THANK YOU to Jim Impara, our fearless Hunt Director, who leads us through a research expedition each year challenging us with his fascinating questions. Thank you, Jim!  

  McLoughlin at the Judges Table croppedTalent 3rd Place PlaqueScorekeepers Kim and Carryl

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