• 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.

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    For information regarding the State of Jefferson Scavenger Hunt, see Mrs. Schaeffer in the Library.


    Scavenger Hunt Dates - November 10-13 to find answers. SOU Adjudication - November 18-20.