3rd Grader's Unusual Answer To Math Problem Makes Headlines And Earns An A+

By Meera Dolasia on May 31, 2013

CCSS Grades: K-3 Word Search

On Thursday May 24th, 2013, the third grade class at Columbus Elementary School in Oak Lawn, Illinois, was given a quiz to test their knowledge of multiplication by nines. Among them was nine-year old Maggie Ciara, a normally serious student, who as it turns out has a rather clever sense of humor.

The youngster jotted down the correct answers to all the questions except 9X9, where instead of 81, she put Hossa! Not only did this seem obviously wrong, but also, a little strange. While most teachers would have simply marked it incorrect and deducted a point from the final score, Maggie's teacher Christine Mech, was intrigued and instead circled the answer in red with the question - 'What is this'?

That's when the young girl explained that 81, the correct answer to the math problem, also happened to be the number on the jersey worn by Marian Hossa, the star player of her favorite Ice Hockey team, Chicago Blackhawks

While some teachers would have deducted points extra points for 'cheekiness', Christine thought it was quite smart of Maggie to make the connection and decided to give her credit for the answer and an A+ on the test. Of course, the fact that the teacher herself is a Chicago Blackhawks fan did not hurt either!

Do you think your teacher would be as receptive if you did something similar on a test? Be sure to let us know, by adding your comments below.

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  • Cupcakes101Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm
    My teacher would be furious, but that is cute of Maggie to do.
    • pinkymagic
      pinkymagicThursday, November 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm
      If only I was that smart
      • pancaker67
        pancaker67Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm
        Lol me too #Hossa
        • cimmie
          cimmieThursday, November 19, 2015 at 9:54 pm
          i'm sure you are :)
        • pancaker67
          pancaker67Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 2:25 pm
          So..... I would put something that is my favorite also but, I would get like a 10%
          • jinkim0808
            jinkim0808Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 5:01 pm
            This girl does have some smarts.
            • Diamond cutie Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 4:27 am
              That is actually a good idea. I think it is smart to put Hossa if it still means the number 81. But if I did that my teacher wouldn't even ask me what it means and give me a F- (even though I never got one because I'm great at math ) She's got smarts in her brain .
              • awesomessb
                awesomessbSunday, November 8, 2015 at 2:35 pm
                A+++++... definatly
                • minnesota wild Monday, May 11, 2015 at 8:49 am
                  I dont like the blackhawks but that deserves an A+
                  • happymoon
                    happymoonWednesday, April 29, 2015 at 3:24 pm
                    Wow, kids are becoming cleverer and cleverer these days! I've heard of many different clever answers in tests, but this one seems new. Hossa? Definitely creative and original. Students are getting their teachers back from the loads of homework! If my current teacher was marking a test with an answer similar to this one, the end result would actually be quite the same! She would most likely deduct a mark for that one question. Then, she would privately question us, or write a comment on the paper. If I told her what it meant, it would depend on the day. She may laugh, or get angry and tell e not to play such tricks. Now, if she marked the test on April Fools Day, that would be a different story...
                    • Blackhawks FanTuesday, April 21, 2015 at 9:16 am
                      omg i wish my teacher was that nice
                      • cool_girl101
                        cool_girl101Friday, April 10, 2015 at 3:20 pm
                        Lol my teacher would give us an F if we wrote Hossa

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