Fairfield County students recently put their math skills on display, earning money for local schools and winning prizes for themselves in the Mathnasium of Darien 2013 TriMathlon contest.

Nationwide, Mathnasium TriMathlon participants raised about $30,000 for local schools in this phase of the contest to be distributed either through DonorsChoice.org, which allows schools to select what they need with donations accruing toward those items, or via direct donation. Participants earned money for the local schools for each TriMathlon question they answered correctly.

"Our Mathnasium of Darien TriMathlon contest was a big success with students and parents alike this year, demonstrating clearly that math can be fun," said David Lubner, owner of the Mathnasium of Darien franchise. "The fact that the children raised money for local schools with each correct answer added a level of community service to the contest.

"Everyone who participated should be proud of what they've accomplished for their schools, their community, and themselves."

The winners of the Darien Mathnasium TriMathlon were:

Grade 5: Brent McCreesh, Greens Farms Academy, Fairfield, first place; Gerald Kim, Roger Sherman School, Fairfield, second place

Grade 4: Ishaan Radia, home school, Darien, first place

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Grade 3: Brandon Yu, Parkway Elementary, Greenwich, first place; Brandon Barket, Pear Tree Point, Darien, second place; Dwight Koyner, Weston Intermediate, Weston, third place

Grade 2: Hitej Radia, home school, Darien, first place; Alexandra Martin, Tokeneke, Darien, second place; Ethan Goormastic, home school, New Canaan, third place

The first-place winners in each grade are automatically entered in the national Mathnasium TriMathlon competition. Prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 will be awarded to local schools on behalf of the first-, second- and third-place national winners at each grade level. The national winners will be announced in early November.