Two High School Students Take Top Spots in Trig-Star Math Competition at MSJC

April 3, 2014
Students from Aquinas High School in San Bernardino and Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Riverside earned first and second place during the Trig-Star math competition at Mt. San Jacinto College.
Zhen Chen of Aquinas took first place and Brian Cho of Martin Luther King Jr. took second during the March 8 event held at MSJC’s San Jacinto Campus. 
Trig-Star is a national high school math competition supported by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). It highlights careers in surveying, engineering and geographic information systems (GIS). Cash prizes are awarded to students for the highest exam scores. Students who participate have the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 scholarship during their senior year.
The event attracted 187 high school students from 22 high schools in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. MSJC Career & Technical Education (CTE) partnered with San Bernardino Community College District, Riverside Community College District/Norco College, Chaffey College, California Land Surveyor’s Association, the County of Riverside Transportation Department Survey Division, and Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District for this community event. Lori Benson, project coordinator with MSJC’s CTE programs, said they partnerships are key in helping students and the event be successful.
“The Trig-Star event is very popular and this year was no exception,” Benson said. “Many teachers, parents, and countless volunteers were also in attendance. It was a great day with the students providing plenty of inspiration to go around. Students and teachers are already looking forward to next year’s event. I received comments from parents like ‘My son came to recognize the applications of what he learned in class and how much more he should learn.’  These observations let us know that Trig-Star is helping our youth see what career opportunities are out there and what they need to do to prepare for them.”
More than 180 high school students from Riverside and San Bernardino counties attended the Trig-Star math competition at Mt. San Jacinto College in March 2014.
Aquinas High School student Zhen Chen, of San Bernardino, (at right) accepts the first place award during the Trig Star math competition in March at Mt. San Jacinto College. He is pictured with Tim Rayburn of the California Land Surveyors Association.
Brian Cho, a student from Riverside’s Martin Luther King Jr. High School, wins second place during the Trig Star math competition in March at Mt. San Jacinto College.
Participating Schools:
Aquinas HS
Beaumont HS
California Military Institute
Dartmouth MS
Eisenhower HS
Elsinore HS
Fontana HS
Hamilton HS
Hemet HS
Henry J. Kaiser HS
Heritage HS
Jurupa Hills HS
La Sierra HS
Martin Luther King HS
Perris HS
Ramona HS
Rancho Verde HS
Redlands East Valley HS
San Jacinto HS
San Jacinto Valley Academy
Santa Rosa Academy
Yucaipa High School
Allen Instruments
Colton Surveying Instruments
National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC)
Parsons Brinckerhoff
County of San Bernardino
Crafton Hills College
Cal State University San Bernardino
Cal Baptist University
Chaffey College
RCCD/Norco College