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The Trig-Star Program Contest is an annual high school mathematics competition sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors based on the practical application of Trigonometry. The program recognizes the best students from high schools throughout the nation.

The Maryland Society of Surveyors as a member organization of NSPS, participates in the Trig-Star program. Schools and teachers that are interested in having their students participate in the exam may
contact MSS. An MSS member will administer the exam.

The purpose of the Trig-Star Program:

  • To promote the study of trigonometry in high school and to promote excellence in the mastery of trigonometry by honoring the individual student who has demonstrated superior skill among classmates at the High School level.
  • To acquaint the high school trigonometry students with the use and practical application of trigonometry in the surveying profession.
  • To build an awareness of surveying as a profession among the mathematically-skilled high school students, career guidance counselors and high school math teachers.

Trig-Star Contest Levels:

  • Level 1 is given at local high schools. There is one winner from each participating high school.

  • Level 2 is the national test. The state winner from each participating state is eligible to compete for the National Trig-Star title
Local Awards
Local and State awards are provided by the local chapter or sponsors.
National Awards
National awards provided by the National Society of Professional Surveyors Richard E. Lomax National Trig-Star and Teaching Excellence Awards
  • First place winner - $2,000.00 award
  • Second place winner - $1,000.00 award
  • Third place winner - $500.00 award

Information about the Trig-Star program is available from the National Society of Professional Surveyors or you may contact our Trig-Star Chair (and 2017 Surveyor of the Year Recipient) Mike Boyce.

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