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On October 17, Mathnasium of West Knoxville hosted the 5th Annual TriMathalon, a fun-filled math competition for students in grades 2 through 5. The event is held at Mathnasium centers across the country on that weekend. As the name implies, the competition has three events: The Counting Game, Magic Squares, and Mental Math. The results from all students' work is sent in to Mathnasium HQ in Los Angeles. After tallying the results, a tie-breaker event was held the following weekend. Two students from Knoxville, Alexei Kalinin, a second grader from St. John Neumann, and Vivaan Singhvi, a fourth grader from Farragut Intermediate School, scored perfect scores which propelled them to the tie-breaker event.
Mathnasium announced yesterday that Alexei Kalinin had won third place in the nationwide competition. Congratulations to Alexei who won a $50 Regal Cinema gift card and medal for winning first place locally, now he wins a national 3rd-place trophy, a 3-month scholarship to Mathnasium, and a Rubik's Prize Pack!
In an effort to support the local schools, Mathnasium of West Knoxville is donating $10 per participant to each participant's school PTA, plus a $500 donation to the PTA of the school from which the most participants came. Farragut Intermediate School won the $500 donation, but since St. John Neumann, a very small school comparatively, had only one fewer participants than FIS, Mathnasium of West Knoxville will be donating a $250 gift to SJN.
The TriMathalon event was great fun including games, prizes and pizza, and we are particularly proud to have had one of the national winners with us here in Knoxville. We look forward to next year's 6th Annual TriMathalon!