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Two Jackson County schools place in 31st scavenger hunt

Two Jackson County schools placed in the top three teams during the 31st annual High School State of Jefferson Scavenger Hunt, which ended Tuesday.

John Doty's team from North Medford High School placed second, with 130 out of 139 possible points, and Hazel Smith's students from Ashland High School placed third, with 129 points. Taking the top spot was Greg Patch's team from North Valley High School in Grants Pass, with 133 points.

More than 100 contestants from nine high schools researched answers to questions relating to a wide range of topics. An adjudication session was held Tuesday at Southern Oregon University. Students defended their answers and argued against competitors' answers in front of the judges.

Steve Boyarsky, retired Southern Oregon Education Service District superintendent, moderated the event. Attorneys David Ingalls and Michael Mayerle of the Law Firm Hornecker, Cowling, Hassen & Heysell LLP were judges. Kevin Keating, Karl Pryor and Bill Street were the scavenger hunt directors.

The event is sponsored by SOU Pre-College Youth Programs and supported by school districts in Jackson, Klamath and Josephine counties.

Other participating teams were from Chiloquin, Crater, South Medford, Rogue River, Illinois Valley and St. Mary's high schools. The scavenger hunt answers and results are posted on the Web at: http://www.sou.edu/youth/competitions/scavenger_hs.html.