Trig-Star is an annual High School Mathematics Competition sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and the local sponsor. The goal is to recognize and challenge the best students of mathematics from among school districts across the United States, utilizing a competition with awards. The purpose of the Trig-Star program is:

  • To build an awareness of land surveying as a profession among high school students, career guidance counselors, and high school teachers.
  • To acquaint high school students with the use and practical applications of mathematics in the land surveying profession.
  • To promote real-world applications of mathematics in high school.
  • To honor high school students who have demonstrated their superior skills among classmates at the local, state, and national levels.

Every spring, students compete at the state level to determine who will go on to compete at the national level. 

Local Competition
Students compete at the local level to determine a First, Second, and Third place winner. The winner, as well as their teacher, receives monetary awards. 

State Competition
Student scores from the local level are compiled to determine a state-level First, Second, and Third place winner. 

National Competition
State Trig-Star winners are offered the opportunity to participate in the National test. The test administrators will receive the National Trig-Star test after submission of the State winner’s name and test administrator's contact information to NSPS.  The National Trig-Star winners will receive $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place, in addition to any awards at the state and local level. The math teacher of the Trig-Star winner will receive a Teacher Excellence Award in the amount of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.

Are you interested in hosting a Trig-Star Competition in your area? 

Please contact the North Carolina state coordinator, Benjy Brown -

Scholarship Opportunity

Any student who has participated in the Tri-Star Contest at any level may apply for a Trig-Star scholarship. The Applicants must be high school seniors, or college freshmen or sophomores, who have participated in the Trig-Star Contest at some point in their high school career, and who plan to enroll or are already enrolled in a college degree program leading to a degree in surveying and mapping (the Land Surveying profession). The applicant does not have to have won at any level of the Trig-Star Contest but must have participated in the contest at the high school level.

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