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December 2 - 4 with adjudication on December 8, 2015

2014 Results

 1-1st Place NMHS with Steve B.DSC 8578

2014 First Place - North Medford High School 






  North Medford High School  

 John Doty 


  Logos Public Charter School  

 Christopher Van Ness 


  Crater High School

 Rebecca Campbell


Over 200 students, representing eleven high schools participated in this year's competition. Congratulations to North Medford High School for their first place win with 97 points. Logos Public Charter School took second place with 95 points and Crater High School took third place with 92 points.  The total number of possible points was 103. Other participating teams were from Ashland, Chiloquin, Grants Pass, North Valley, South Medford, Rogue River, Illinois Valley and St. Mary’s High Schools.  The State of Jefferson Scavenger Hunt for high school students is a high-quality and very competitive event promoting intellectual curiosity and academic skill.  


 1-2nd Place Logos with Coach DSC 8584

Second Place - Logos Public Charter School

 1-3rd Place Crater Team DSC 8588

Third Place - Crater High School

2015 Coaches Corner             1- Adjudicaiton Girls Debating DSC 8573

Scavenger Hunt Rules (PDF)
Team Registration  (PDF)

The High School Scavenger Hunt will take place at the Stevenson Union, located on the campus of Southern Oregon University.
SOU map [PDF].

Bus and Minibus Parking
School buses and minibuses transporting students must go directly to Parking Lot #36 on Mountain Avenue. Please park in the back of the lot away from Mountain Avenue. See the attached map.

Teams must walk a short distance from Parking Lot #36 to the Stevenson Union.

Private Vehicle Parking
Parking Permits will not be issued to parents and family members. These vehicles must find parking on the street.

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, December 8, 2015. 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:
Jamie Kaufman, the Pre-College Youth Programs Coordinator at 552-6453 or at

Read the Official Hunt Rules before starting your research!

Many sources are available in your local public or college libraries and might be available in your own school library. A list of libraries and hours of operation has been provided to your coach. Not all libraries will be open every day of the hunt so plan accordingly.

Read the Official Hunt Rules before starting your research!

2014 Questions

Part I: Dedicatee (12 points)

  1. Our dedicatee has been credited with creating one of the world's first color animated film cartoons.  What was the title of the film? (4 points)

    Answer:"Pinto's Prizma Comedy Revue"
    Source: “PINTO”: A Brief History of Vance DeBar Colvig (1892-1967).
    Southern Oregon Historical Society, 1980, p.6

  2. A sketch was done in 1928 of a talking animal created by the dedicatee. What was the name of the animal? ( 1 point) What kind of talking animal was it? (1 point )

    Answer: Bolivar the talking ostrich
    Source: Southern Oregon Historical Society Research Library Mega Index for Pinto Colvig.

  3. Our dedicatee provided the voices for some of Walt Disney's animated films. What is the dedicatee's name? (F, M, L) (3 points) What is the dedicatee's nickname? (F) (1 point)

    Answer: Vance DeBar Colvig, “Pinto”
    Source: Southern Oregon Historical Society Research Library

  4. What relative of our dedicatee recently received a tin box of family memorabilia from the early 1900s? (F, L) (2 points)

    Answer: Tim Colvig

Part II: Print-Based Questions (37 points)

Each answer requires at least one source of print-based documentation with two sources required to challenge the Hunt Director's answer. Print-based answers must be originally from copyrighted sources (books, journals, magazines, newspapers or government documents). Documentation should refer to the BOLD portion of the questions, but need not contain the exact wording unless it is a proper name in quotes.

  1. Have you ever been "distracted from distraction by distraction"? (T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets). Does a "cacophony of stimuli" short circuit your conscious and unconscious thought? Name the man (F,L) (2 points) whose words are paraphrased in the second sentence above and then find in a quarterly publication an excerpt from his bestselling book. What is the title of the engraving opposite the first page of the excerpt? (2 points)

    Answer: Nicholas Carr, Hunting Aristocrats
    Lapham, Lewis H. “Uprisings”. Lapham’s Quarterly: Revolutions. Spring 2014. pp.82-85.

  2. He's new. He's old. He has eyes that see... He knows where "here" is. He believes in not flying with a vacant seat. He believes in "wiping away tears". Who is he? (F,L) (2 points)

    Answer: Roy Saigo
     Stiles, Greg. “A different direction from interim president”. Medford Mail Tribune. October 20, 2014. p. A3.

  3. The photograph on the title page and the page opposite was so beautiful you decided you had to visit there some day. You imagined yourself standing on the cliff overlooking the sea while the sun rises....When was this site "at its height"? (2 points) What is the title of the guide? (2 points)

    Answer: 1200 AD until the arrival of the Spanish
     Eyewitness Travel: Mexico. Dorling Kindersley Ltd. New York, pp. 2-3; p. 284.

  4. "There's gold in them thar hills." And some was found down by the river.... According to Ivan, a couple of the boys hid $35,000 worth of nuggets in their pants! What happened to them nuggets? (3 points)

    Answer: An “Indian” dropped the pants or britches full of nuggets into a hollow oak tree and covered them with leaves.Source: Boice, Meryl. “Curry Historical Society: Part III of the history of Curry County’s gold.” Curry County Reporter, August 21, 2014. p.1.

  5. When the flag was dropped it set off a deafening "cacophony". What was the American occasion (2 points) and what was the name of the long-winded orator (F,L) (2 points) who was interrupted by the "cacophony"?

    Answer: Dedication Ceremony for the Statue of Liberty, William Evarts
    Kane, Joseph Nathan et al. Famous First Facts, Sixth Edition, New York, 2006. pp. 232-233.

  6. The gorrobo is always slower. He stares, without moving. S. knew he had to be very careful. He kept the bat high for a long time. If he did everything right, he could take him home by the tail....What was S.'s nickname (1 point) and what did he tell his friends fell from the sky in Nogales? (2 points)

    Answer: Sapito, nieve or ice cream
    Rios, Alberto Alvaro. The Iguana Killer: Twelve Stories of the Heart. Confluence Press, Lewiston, Idaho, 1984. pp. 1-7.

  7. Futurist fashion designers were determined "to stun, to upset, to annoy and ultimately to liberate bourgeois society from its stuffy sartorial and social conventions". Who is considered the "father of Futurist fashion" (F,L) (2 points) and what were the first three fashion concepts he wanted to abolish? (3 points)

    Answer: Giacomo Balla, All of the neutral...humble colors; all pedantic, professorial and teutonic shapes and hues…; mourning suits, which were not even fitting for gravediggers….
    Braun, Emily. “Futurist Fashion: Three Manifestoes”. Art Journal, Vol 54, No.1, Clothing as Subject. College Art Association. Spring, 1995. pp.34-41.

  8. Some of the maps cover an area almost 25 miles wide and 34.5 miles high. And some cover an area almost 50 miles wide and 69 miles high. How many of these maps would you need to create two mosaics measuring approximately 6.5 feet wide by 10.5 feet high and 4 feet wide by 4.5 feet high? (2 points) What geographical area would these two mosaics portray? (2 points)

    Answer: 72, Oregon, state of
    Oregon Atlas and Gazetteer. Delorme. Yarmouth, Maine, 2004. Verso of page 1 or Inside Cover page.

  9. We're not talking Yo-Yo Ma. We're not talking your ma or my ma. We're not talking It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home). We're talking about Mr. Ma. Mr. Ma with the big, fat, juicy apple in his hand. And the 400k he kept for helping out a troubled boy. What is the name of the business Ma founded? (3 points)

    Answer: ThinkTank Learning, a chain of San Francisco tutoring centers
    Source: Waldman, Peter. “Get Your Child Into The Ivy Of Her Choice: For Only    $600,000*” Bloomberg Businessweek. September 8, 2014. pp.50-55.

  10. Webb had worked for him for 15 years and he knew that once his boss had found a "weapon" that would help him control a man, he liked to keep it in place for further use. In this particular case, the weapon was a contract, and a few other items.... Who was the boss (F,M,L) (3 points) and what did he eventually achieve after using the weapon? (2 points)

    Answers:     a. Lyndon Baines Johnson
                         b. Passage of 1964 Civil Rights Act
    Source: Caro, Robert. The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power. Knopf, New York, 2012. pp. 560-569.

Part III: Internet Based Questions (20 points)

  1. What took more than 15 years to build using more than 20 million bricks which had more than 7 foot solid brick walls and reinforcing masonry piers? The destruction of the structure resulted in development of new technology instead of masonry. (1 point) This American historical event is important as it resulted in innovative use of what destructive tool? (2 points)

    Answer: Fort Pulaski, rifled guns, James rifled canon
    Source: War in the Southeast, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior

  2. Find the name of the event described (1 point) and the natural cause of the event (1 point). Mr. Culgan arrived at his Pittsburgh, PA. shop like every other work day, however, this would be no average work day. As the event unfolded, "the electricity flowing through the shop wires was so powerful that it melted the Platinum contact points and streams of fire were pouring forth from circuits". Simultaneously, in Washington D.C., Mr. Royce was severely shocked as his forehead grazed a ground wire in his shop. Telegraph operators across the country reported electrical surges powerful enough to combust paper.

    Answer: The Carrington Event of Sept. 1, 1859
     “Coronal Mass Ejection” from the Sun

  3. What is the brand name of a soft drink that is made of "the leftovers of leftovers"? (1 point) Who (F,L) is credited with developing this product? (2 points)

    Answer: Fanta, Max Keith

  4. In a duel between two politicians in 1804, what type of weapon was used? (2 points) What caliber was the weapon? (1 point)

    Answer: Wodgon Dueling Pistols, .56 caliber

  5. On which page of the Aztec Manuscript, Codex Telleriano-Remensis, does the first colored illustration of an Aztec god appear? (2 points)

    Answer: Page 27
    Source: (access from:

  6. The colonials are in desperate straits. In a bold move, General Washington plans a dangerous night crossing of the Delaware to surprise the sleeping Hessians, putting the enemy on the defensive and capturing many prisoners and arms. Your team must provide the General with all pertinent astronomical data for his plans. At what time in the morning was sunrise on that day? (2 points)

    Answer: Sunrise         7:21 a.m. 
    Source: U.S. Naval Observatory, Astronomical Applications Department
    Sun and Moon Data for One Day

  7. This aquatic creature has been known to modify the mental status of people and dogs when not cooked properly. The females carry soft shell eggs until giving birth to multiple live young at a time. What is the species being referenced? (2 points) What is the modified mental state usually compared to? (1 point)

    Answers:  Greenland Shark, Drunkenness

  8. Southern Oregon University has several reciprocal exchange programs with schools around the world. Name the school whose location is closest to the prime meridian. (1 point)

    Answer: University of Winchester, UK

  9. What is the name of the search engine that only searches pages that you've looked at in the past? (1 point)


Part IV: Art Identification/History (9 points)

  1. This is a three-dimensional object shown in orthogonal projection. Name the designer. (F & L) (2 points) What is the title of the work? (3 points)


    Gerrit Rietveld
    Answer: Rood-Blauwe Stoel (Red-Blue Chair)

  2. Name the artist. (F & L) (2 points) What is the title of the work? (F & L) (2 points)


    Answer: Robert Rauschenberg
    Erased de Kooning Drawing

Part V: Where or What in the World (17 points)

  1. What is the name of the sculptor, (F, M, L) who created this statue? (3 points) What does the sculpture commemorate? (2 points)


    Answer: Coeur Lion MacCarthy
    Answer: Commemorates 1,115 Canadian Pacific Railway employees killed during the First World War.

  2. What is the location of this structure? (2 points) What was its purpose? (2 points)


    Answer: Wallilabou Bay, St. Vincent
    Movie set piece in the film Pirates of the Caribbean

  3. Identify the site, its location (2 points) and its purpose. (1 point)


    Answer: Anthony’s Key Resort, Roatan, Honduras, Scuba Diving Resort

  4. Identify the genus and species of this 3-5"creature. (2 points) What is unique about the males of this species? (1 point)


    Answer: Opistognathus aurifrons
    The male jawfish incubates fertilized eggs in its mouth - mouthbrooder

  5. One of our Scavenger Hunt Directors was taking a break from writing questions. Name the mountain range in the background of this image. (2 points)


    Answer: Wind River Range, Wyoming
    Bill Street

Part VI: Bring-ins (10 points)

  1. Bring in a photo of your State of Jefferson Scavenger Hunt team members taken with your high school principal's face made up like Bozo the Clown. (1 point)
  2. Bring in a hula-hoop (size 1.02 meters /40 in). Select a member of your Scavenger Hunt team to compete in a hula-hoop contest to be held at the adjudication. The objective of the competition is to see who can twirl the hula-hoop around their waist the longest (keeping it from touching the ground). (1 point) A bonus of (1 point) will be awarded to the team who can hula-hoop the longest amount of time.
  3. Attend a meeting of one of your community's local service clubs (Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, Soroptimist Club, etc.). Bring in a photo with at least two of your team members with the current club president. (2 points)
  4. Bring in an original campaign button from the United States 45th quadrennial presidential election. (2 points)
  5. Bring in an issue of LIFE magazine published between 1883 and 1972. (1 point) The team with the oldest copy gets awarded one additional point. (1 point)
  6. Bring in one dozen award winning homemade Christmas cookies decorated and baked by member(s) of your team. (1point) Note: the recipe and documentation of its award must be included. Judges will taste test and award an extra point to the best tasting cookie. (1 point)