The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) has announced the recipients of the 2016 Richard E. Lomax National Trig-Star Awards.

The Trig-Star committee met on July 15 to determine the three top high school students from the national examinations submitted by state winners. This year there were 38 state winners submitted. The society says past president Richard Lomax was the driving force behind the elevation of the local Trig-Star program to the national level. In October 1994, board action named the high school trigonometry skill award in his honor.

The Richard E. Lomax National Trig-Star Awards are as follows:

  • First Place: Collin Free, Syracuse High School, Syracuse, Utah
  • Second Place: Avi Swartz, Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, Colo.
  • Third Place: Aaron Sun, Ed W. Clark High School, Las Vegas

The Richard E. Lomax National Teaching Excellence Awards are as follows:

  • First Place: Ashley Martin, Syracuse High School, Syracuse, Utah
  • Second Place: Dotty Dady, Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, Colo.
  • Third Place: Saundra D. Jordan, Ed W. Clark High School, Las Vegas

The first place student receives $2,000, second place student receives $1,000, and third place student receives $500. The first place teacher receives $1,000, second place teacher receives $500, and third place teacher receives $250.

The Trig-Star Policy states that “the National Student and Teacher Awards be given to the winning students at or before the next state professional land surveying organization conference of the student’s home state.”

The following is a list of the remaining State Winners in the order of finish: Junhee Lee, Iowa; Veronica Xinyu Gu, Minnesota; Thomas Szczesniak, Michigan; Dagin Lin, Connecticut; John Mastroberti, South Carolina; Yiwei Lyu, Pennsylvania; Tao Lu, Texas; Antonio Faraci, New York; Qingfeng Li, Wyoming; Giovanni Budi, North Carolina; Stephan Terry, Delaware; Alan Zho, South Dakota; Veronica Lahony Suarez Torres, Puerto Rico; Noah Paladino, New Jersey; Elizabeth Asp, North Dakota; William Quinn Marsh, California; Andrew Reimer-Berg, Oregon; Zander Rossman, Wisconsin; Travis Casey, Kansas; William Zhang, Alabama; Jelisa Holmquist, Montana; William Luqiu, Virginia; Nicholas Lillis, Maine; Walter Johnson, Kentucky; Madison Gaines, Maryland; Thomas Pointer, Missouri; Jeffery Mayolo, Washington; Timothy Kammerer, New Hampshire; Christian Lynch, Massachusetts; Wyatt Evan Turner, Georgia; Joel Niemi, Ohio; Haoxiang Li, Illinois; Tingyi Lu, Indiana; Drake Thomas, Alaska; Kael Stelek, Idaho.

About NSPS

NSPS is a national professional society and federation of state societies of professional surveyors and persons trained, registered, or interested in the profession of surveying and mapping. NSPS advances the sciences and disciplines within the profession and strives to establish and further common interests, objectives, and political efforts to help bind the surveying profession into a unified body in the U.S.