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Academic Scavenger Hunt 2014 - High School

The 31st Annual State of Jefferson High School Scavenger Hunt will be held January 29th, 30th and 31st with the adjudication on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014.

2014 Coaches Corner

Scavenger Hunt Rules (PDF)
Team Registration Form (PDF)

Time Line
The 2014 State of Jefferson Middle School Scavenger Hunt will be e-mailed to each coach at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014. The e-mail may be opened at 7:30 a.m. The Hunt will be posted on our website at 7:30 a.m. at

  • Wednesday, January 29 – 7:30 a.m. the HS State of Jefferson Scavenger Hunt begins
  •  Friday, January 31 – 3:00 p.m. Print, Internet, Art, and Music questions are due 
  • Tuesday, February 4 – 9:00 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m. Adjudication session
       The adjudication will take place at the SOU Stevenson Union Rogue River Room

Goals of the State of Jefferson High School Scavenger Hunt
1.  To increase knowledge of how to locate information.
2.  To learn teamwork and organization in an academic arena.
3.  To construct a persuasive argument with supporting evidence.
4.  To critically analyze sources of information.
5.  To learn the importance of precision.
6.  To have fun with academics.

Question Content
The State of Jefferson High School Scavenger Hunt questions are constructed with the intent that answers may be found in a high school library, a public library, or on the internet.  You may want to research at a branch of your county library. Questions have been constructed so there will not be a disadvantage for teams in rural areas.

Organizational Tips for Coaches Prior to the Hunt
You will need a team head-quartered in the school library or other campus site where there is internet access. Arrange for that space ahead of time. Remember, one source is required for each print or internet question, but two corroborating sources are the safe course.  

Arrange transportation for a bus to SOU for the adjudication session (9:00am-2:00pm) on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.  It is suggested that at least two adults accompany students to SOU.

A core group of 10-20 students will probably be necessary to be competitive.

Adults Helping Students
Adults (teachers, parents or community members) may help students, but should remember that this activity is a learning opportunity for students.
Some examples of adult help might be:
• The team coach sends two students to ask a teacher at your school who is knowledgeable about history to get a lead or direction. 
• A student works with a parent to find a specific Bring-In item. 
• Adults should work with students and not compete by themselves.
• If you or another adult, find yourself working on the Hunt alone, STOP and remind yourself of the purpose of the Hunt. It’s easy to get carried away!
• Print a list of the Bring-in items and distribute it to school staff for assistance. Don’t wait until the weekend to start on the Bring-In items. They may take longer than you think.  Invariably someone in your community knows where to find an item or knows someone who does.

Please note that the Adjudication Day is on a Tuesday. This will give you extra time for Bring-Ins and to prepare for the adjudication. Assign questions to your students in advance and practice with them both defending and prosecuting the documentation provided or not provided!

For questions contact:
Stephanie Butler, the Pre-College Youth Programs Coordinator at 552-6916 or at

2013 Results

Over 150 students, representing eight high schools, participated in this year's competition. It was a very close contest! Congratulations to Crater High School and South Medford High School for their first place win with 95 points. Rogue River High School took second place with 92 points and North Valley High School took third place with 86 points. Other participating teams were from Ashland, Grants Pass, North Medford, and St. Mary's.

Place School Coach
1st (Tied) Crater High School Rebecca Campbell
1st (Tied) South Medford High School Becky Kleinhesselink
2nd Rogue River High School Celeste Gretz
3rd North Valley High School Greg Patch
2nd place

Second Place team Rogue River HS

3rd place

Third Place team North Valley HS

Kevin Keating

Hunt Director Kevin Keating

Doug McGeary, Steve Boyarsky, David Ingalls

Judges Doug McGeary, Steve Boyarsky, and David Ingalls