Trig Star Champion 2011 Leon Wehrhan (right) of Timberline High School is presented with the award by John Elsbury of the Clearwater Section (left) and Christopher Bennett (center), Principal of Timberline High School .

NSPS Sponsored High School Math Skill Award

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 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

The winner of the Idaho Trig-Star competition is awarded a $500 scholarship from ISPLS. Their school is also awarded a banner that they may place in their permanent collection. Other companies often contribute prizes; in 2010, Trig-Star champion Brad Peck was awarded $500 from Power Engineers, an HP35 calculator from Monsen Engineering Supply and a lift ticket to Sun Valley Ski Resort.

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

For more infomration visit the NSPS Trig-Star Webpage.