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Trig-Star Program – 2017 Report

Monday, October 9, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kayla Jenkins
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Article published in the Summer issue of the Hoosier Surveyor.   

Report from Tony Gregory, PLS, NSPS Trig-Star Coordinator – Indiana 


The Trig-Star program in Indiana in 2017 included the test being given at 15 high schools, and to 566 students.  Four of the ten ISPLS chapters participated in the program. The Wabash Valley Chapter administered the test to 4 schools and 62 students; the Northwest Chapter to 4 schools and 336 students; the Southwest Chapter to 4 schools and 104 students; and the St. Joseph Valley Chapter to 3 schools and 64 students.


The first place state winner was Nolan Poczekay from Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana (Northwest Chapter). Nolan scored 94 points out of 100 points in 60 minutes and 00 seconds. Nolan received a first place cash award of $500 from ISPLS. Mr. Patrick Ward, Nolan’s math teacher, received a $300 cash award from ISPLS. As the state winner, Nolan participated in the National Test, which is the second phase of the Trig-Star program.


The second place winner was Elizabeth Ailes from Eastern High School in Greentown, Indiana (Wabash Valley Chapter). Elizabeth scored 88 points out of 100 points in 27 minutes and 30 seconds. She received a second place cash award of $300 from ISPLS. Elizabeth’s math teacher, Mr. Jim Vanmatre, received a $200 cash award from ISPLS.


The third place winner was Michael Snyder of Tell City High School in Tell City, Indiana (Southwest Chapter). Michael’s test score was 88 points out of 100 points in 30 minutes and 50 seconds. ISPLS provided cash awards to Michael, in the amount of $150, and to his math teacher, Mr. John Lyons, in the amount of $100.


Local awards totaling $1,150 in cash and gift cards were provided to individual school winners by the participating ISPLS chapters. Several land surveyors and technicians participated in administering the test within the four participating chapters.


A special highlight to this year’s Trig-Star testing process in Indiana was that 182 students participated in the program at Crown Point High School in Crown Point, Indiana (Northwest Chapter). This is, by far, the most students from one high school to participate in Trig-Star in Indiana in any year.


The state-wide participation in the Trig-Star program in Indiana has been consistent over the past several years. The goal remains that all ISPLS chapters will actively participate in the Trig-Star program by administering the test to at least one high school within the chapter. Information on the program can be found on the NSPS website, or by contacting Tony Gregory at



First Place Student:
Nolan Poczekay

Second Place Student:
Elizabeth Ailes

Third Place Student:
Michael Snyder

First Place Teacher:
Patrick Ward

Second Place Teacher:
John Vanmatre

Third Place Teacher:
John Lyons

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