Burton is the son of Michael and Fredda Burton of Cleveland. He will be a senior at Walker Valley High School this school year. He is an honor student and a member of Circle of Champions and Mu Alpha Theta.
A Trig-Star is a math student skilled in the practical application of trigonometry. The annual competition to be named a Trig-Star is a timed exercise that involves solving trigonometric problems incorporating the use of right triangle formulas, the law of sines and the law of cosines.
As the state winner, he is eligible to compete for $500 to $2,000 in scholarships on the national level of the math competition.
The contest is sponsored nationally by the National Society of Professional Surveyors and co-sponsored locally by the Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors and Robert P. Taylor and administered by Amber Caldwell, a mathematics teacher at Walker Valley.
He recently attended the Governor’s School for Computational Physics at Austin-Peay State University.
Last year he won first place in pre-calculus at the annual East Tennessee Regional Math Competition. In previous years he placed in geometry and Algebra II.
In seventh grade, he scored in the top 3 percent of the nation in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. His hobbies include Ultimate Frisbee, solving Rubik’s Cubes, computer programming and playing alto saxophone in the Walker Valley Mustang Band.