Hemet High School Student Joshua Lopez earned first place after receiving 100 percent at the Trig-Star math competition on March 19 at Mt. San Jacinto College.
Joshua was one of more than 120 high school students from Riverside and San Bernardino counties who competed in the Trig-Star event. The event was organized by MSJC's Career & Technical Education (CTE) and the California Land Surveyor's Association. This was the first year MSJC hosted Trig-Star, with the goal of raising awareness of land surveying careers, including engineering and Geographic Information Systems, said Lori Benson, project coordinator with MSJC’s CTE program.
“We are excited to prepare our future students for careers that they can be enthusiastic about and will provide them good paying professions,” Benson said. “The hands-on activities during Trig-Star allowed students to see how classroom learning will be relevant to their career paths.”
Students taking the trigonometry exam earned awards and cash based on the highest score or by receiving the highest score in the shortest period of time. Joshua, 17, a senior, scored the highest with 100 percent. He received first place and $200.
The California Land Surveyor’s Association provided a total of $1,100 for the winning students. Second place and $100 was awarded to Amanda Davison, a 17-year-old senior at Nuview Bridge Early College High School in Nuevo, who received 95 percent in the shortest period of time. Other students received $50 prizes.
ESRI, developer of geographic information systems (GIS) solutions, donated GIS books and software for the participating students.
Students also participated in hands-on activities with equipment used in the various fields.
Andrea Franco and Jeffrey Minillo, both 16-year-old students from the San Jacinto Valley Academy watch as David Eickhoff of the California Land Surveyors Association’s Riverside/San Bernardino office demonstrates surveying equipment. Photo credit: David Jones
Joshua Lopez of Hemet High School receives the first place award from Tim Rayburn, a member of the California Land Surveyors Association and supervising land surveyor from County of Riverside Transportation Department. Joshua answered 100 percent of the questions correctly. He received $200 from the land surveyors association. Photo credit: David Jones