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TRIG-STAR celebrates high school math

Posted on 06/03/2016 11:18 AM

MSA's Jeff DeMuth, PLS, left, and Jamie Anderson, PE, and explain how math and science are used with their surveying and engineering projects.
MSA's Jeff DeMuth, PLS, left, and Jamie Anderson, PE, and explain how math and science are used with their surveying and engineering projects.

Crandon High School (CHS) students learned the practical application of math and science at a recent presentation offered by MSA’s Jamie Anderson, PE, and Jeff DeMuth, PLS. 

The pair, who work out of MSA's Rhinelander, Wisconsin office, reviewed past and current MSA projects and indicated the technical knowledge needed to solve challenges.

The MSA professionals also explained the nationwide TRIG-STAR Competition, an annual exam performed throughout the nation. This statewide math competition is a timed exercise where participants solve trigonometry programs. 

Local winners receive cash prizes and an opportunity to be considered at the state and then national level based on their exam results and completion time.


Twenty-one CHS juniors and seniors took the TRIG-STAR exam in May. Winners were recognized at the May 26 Crandon High School Award Day. Anderson, a CHS graduate, presented the awards, in conjunction with the Math Department. 

The winners were: 1st Place - Wahsnoday Pamp, $100 and a plaque; 2nd Place - Andrew Lehman, $50 and a certificate; 3rd Place - William Strzyz, $25 and a certificate.

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors (WSLS), and the local chapter North Lakes Chapter of WLS support TRIG-STAR.

The Northern Lakes Chapter of WSLS and MSA donated the Crandon High School TRIG-STAR prizes.

One scholarship also is available to students who take the exam, no matter their score, if they are pursuing a degree in surveying or a closely related field.

Diverse Career Paths

As a surveyor/engineer, Anderson looks forward to this opportunity to showcase his profession that offers many diverse career paths. 

Susan Van Hoof and Linda Denz of the CHS Math Department also assisted with the TRIG-STAR presentation and exam.

As presenters, Anderson said, “For the second year, we were able to go into the high school and talk candidly with the students about engineering and surveying, give some real-world project examples, and even discuss local projects that the students have seen. We revealed how trigonometry and math were used during the projects.”

Anderson and DeMuth also explained that technology is rapidly changing the surveying profession. What used to take weeks or months can now be done in a single day with computerized tools. Today’s surveyors combine time-tested practices and high-tech proficiency.

For More Information

Anderson said he appreciates the interest shown in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers by some of the students. For more information, contact Jamie Anderson.

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