Haiden Onstott Wins $500 Prize in State Math Competition
Haiden Onstott Wins $500
Prize in State Math Competition
Haiden Onstott, a recent graduate of Beal City High School, earned 2nd place honors in the 2022 TrigStar math competition in the state of Michigan this past spring. The TrigStar Program is an annual high school mathematics competition sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors based on the practical applications of trigonometry. The program recognizes the best students from high schools throughout the nation.
The purposes of the TrigStar program are to promote the study of trigonometry in high school, promote excellence by honoring the individual students who have demonstrated superior skill among classmates at the high school level, to acquaint high school trigonometry students with the use and practical application of trigonometry in the surveying profession, and to build an awareness of surveying as a profession among mathematically-skilled high school students.
The competition is a timed exercise that involves the solving of trigonometry problems, including a real-life problem mirroring typical situations that professional surveyors encounter every day. The highest score in the least amount of time is considered the winner. Haiden’s score of 94% in 23 minutes and 27 seconds was the 2nd best score in the state.
Haiden earned a $500 award for her achievement. This is Beal City’s sixth scholarship win in the program and the fourth time a Beal City female student has placed in the state. Haiden is attending Central Michigan University this fall to study nursing. Jen Butkovich and her students would like to extend a special thank you to the National/Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors for this opportunity and to Jan Fokens for sponsoring the program and sharing his time with our Precalculus classes.