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NSPS announces results of national Trig-Star competition

Thursday, July 17, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Burk Cornelius
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State competition winners from 37 states participated in the recent national 2014 Richard E. Lomax Trig-Star finals, sponsored by NSPS. Lomax, the 1992 NSPS President from Michigan, was a driving force in making Trig-Star a national program. Trig-Star begins each year when local surveyors work with teachers (typically math teachers) in one or more high schools in their respective communities throughout the U.S. The surveyor gives a presentation to the students about surveying and its importance in the world. The students then solve a predetermined math problem. All local winning entries are compared, and the student with the highest score achieved in the shortest amount of time is deemed to be the state winner. State winners then participate in a second (national) competition. The 2014 national winner solved the test question correctly in 18 minutes, 30 seconds. Several competitors solved the question correctly, therefore the time element became the deciding factor.

The 2014 national award winners are: 1st Place - Lubin Deng, Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, CO (teacher, Dorothy Dady); 2nd Place – Benjamin Fawcett, New Hanover High School, Wilmington, NC (teacher, Nicholas Corak); 3rd Place – Natalie Sanchez, Rochester High School, Rochester, WA (teacher, Carolyn Johnson). The winning students, and their teachers, receive a monetary award and a plaque recognizing their accomplishment.

NSPS expresses its sincere appreciation to the surveyors who worked so diligently as local sponsors, and/or as state coordinators. Without their efforts this important program could not continue to prosper. Thanks also to the NSPS Trig-Star committee for its dedication to the program.

Read the NSPS press release for a complete list of participants.

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