APRIL 22, 2010

Local students win trigonometry award

   Austin Blain of Timberline High School and Steven M. Elsbury of Orofino High School have both won the 2009-2010 Trig-Star designation at a recent trigonometry competition. The contest was sponsored by the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors, CLW Chapter.

   Blain is the son of Don and Patty Blain of Weippe. Elsbury is the son of John and Nancy Jo Elsbury of Peck.

   A Trig-Star is a mathematics student who has demonstrated in competition that they are the most skilled among classmates in the practical application of trigonometry.

   The competition for the honor is a timed exercise which is the solving of a trigonometry problem that incorporates the use of right triangle formulas, circle formulas, the law of sines, and the law of cosines.

   The contest helps promote careers in surveying and mapping to students at high schools across the country. The award is sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors and co-sponsored locally.

   State winners also have the opportunity to participate in the national Trig-Star competition for awards. For more information visit the Trig-Star website at