Surveying the NH landscape

New Hampshire land surveyors, represented by the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association, work with the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) to promote a high school mathematics competition with cash awards called Trig-Star.

The Trig Star competition is a yearly New Hampshire, as well as a national event. The competition is sponsored locally by land surveyors and teachers throughout New Hampshire.

Trig Star is set up to determine the most highly skilled high school student at the practical application of trigonometry. Contest sponsors attend an event at the high school and discuss how the use of mathematics skills translate to real world careers. This connection is highly regarded by the teachers who are consistently asked by students about how the mathematics course they are teaching “will be of use to us in the future?” Trig-Star consists of a contest in the classroom that tests the student’s mastery of trigonometry in a real world application.

Local contest winners then compete on a state and national level for additional prizes. Over the years New Hampshire State contest winners that competed on the national level has been recognized with first and second place National Contest awards. The program also recognizes the contribution made by mathematics teachers to the development of the Trig-Stars.

Past New Hampshire Trig Star winners

Student, Place School Sponsor

1991

Charity Hayden, 1st place Woodsville HS Vernon Dingman

Chad Mace, 2nd place Winnacunnet HS Richard P. Millette

1992

Mike Robinson, 1st place Winnacunnet HS Richard P. Millettew

Richard J. Martin Jr., 2nd place Kennett HS Ralph Jackson

1993

Kate Butler, Tie Winnacunnet HS Richard P. Millette

Andrew Shoemarker,Tie Kennett HS H.E. Bergeron

Dennis Leskowski, Tie Londonderry HS Charles Pearson

Peter Gordon, Tie Portsmouth HS John Chagnon

Charles O’Donnell, Tie Raymond HS Richard Ladd

1994

Gary Pressler, 1st place Merrimack HS Les Mills

Mike Thibodeau, 2nd place Raymond HS Richard Ladd

1995

Jim Burgess, 1st place Kennett HS Ralph Jackson

Amy Kinner, 2nd place Portsmouth HS John Chagnon

1996

Dustin Leary, 1st place Spaulding HS Chris Jacobs

Richard Lynch, 2nd place Londonderry HS Charles Pearson

1997 w

Elizabeth Cloutier, 1st place Raymond HS Richard Ladd

Seth Burnell, 2nd place Kennett HS Ralph Jackson

1998 Andrew Carlson, 1st place Londonderry HS Charles Pearson

Seth Burnell, 2nd place Kennett HS Ralph Jackson

1999

Christina Belmonte, 1st place Londonderry Charles Pearson

Barry Bronson, Jr., 2nd place Raymond HS Richard Ladd

2000

Jeffrey Sonneborn, 1st place St. Thomas AquinasKevin McEneaney

Nathan Barry, 2nd place Brookline HS Gary Collins

2001

Taras Bouzakine, 1st place Portsmouth HS John Chagnon

Joshua French, 2nd place Raymond HS Richard Ladd

2002

Brian Barry, 1st place Brookline HS Gary Collins

Brian Hadley, 2nd place St. Thomas AquinasKevin McEneaney

2003

Gene Sosnovsky, 1st place Portsmouth HS John Chagnon

Michael Klisz, 2nd place Brookline HS Gary Collins

2004

Anton Bouzakine, 1st place Portsmouth HS John Chagnon

Justin Shaw, 2nd place Raymond HS Richard Ladd

2005

Alan Spydell, 1st place Lebanon HS Timothy Rockwood

Maxwell Wegman, 2nd place Trinity HS Cynthia Boisvert

2006

Christopher Berlind, 1st place Hollis/Brookline HS Gary Collins

Jeremy Norris, 2nd place Raymond HS Richard Ladd

2007

Stephen Wallis, 1st place Dover HS Corey Colwell

Rachel Burgess, 2nd place Raymond HS Richard Ladd

2008

Patrick McDaniel, 1st place Hollis/Brookline HS Ethan Holmes

Danielle Pesko, 2nd place Dover HS Corey Colwell

2009

Benjamin Garcia, 1st place Hollis/Brookline HS Bonnie Delsignore

Charles Martin, 2nd place Raymond HS Paul Liversidge

2010

Kaelee Noorda, 1st place Souhegan HS Nancy Kutcher

Kyle DiGregorio, 2nd place Kennett HS Kevin Tilton

2011

Gregory Partridge, 1st place Hollis/Brookline HS Bonnie Delsignore

J. Nicky Sullivan, 2nd place Kennett HS Seth Burnell

2012

Thomas Cleary, 1st place Bow HS Curt Crow

Victoria Nevel, 2nd place Lebanon HS Skip Nalette

2013

Jonathan Shum, 1st place Salem HS Salem HS

David Brooks, 2nd place Lebanon HS Skip Nalette

2014

Kyle Pittman, 1st place Hollis I Brookline HS TF Moran, Jim O’Neil

2016

Timothy Kammerer, 1st place Portsmouth HS John Chagnon

Yizhe (Henry) Chen, 2nd place Bow HS Timothy Mallette

2017

Grace Smith, 1st place Portsmouth HS John Chagnon

Carson Smith, 2nd place Kennett HS Seth Burnell & Kevin Tilton

A BOLD denotation represents the NH students who placed First, Second, or Third at the National Level in the contest.

The New England State Surveying Associations have a partnership with the University of Maine to support a four year degree program. All New England students are eligible to attend the program on an in-state tuition basis. More information is available at:

University of Maine College of Engineering

School of Engineering Technology, Department of Surveying Technology

5711 Boardman Hall, Room 119, Orono, Maine 04469-5711

Contact: Ray Hintz Tel: 207-581-2189

The New Hampshire Land Surveyors Foundation (a scholarship fund within the Surveyors Association) makes scholarship awards of $500 and $250 to the first and second place NH Trig Stars annually. In addition, the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Foundation also gives out over $12,000 annually in scholarships to students pursuing careers in surveying, mapping, geomatics, and spatial information engineering.

More information is available about the NHLSA on the association web site at: NHLSA.ORG.

For more information about the Trig Star Program and sponsorship opportunities please call contact John Chagnon at Ambit Engineering, 603-430-9282.

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