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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  • Mcswagtwin10Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12:11 pm
    wow i should of done that in third grade
    • rhiannonhayesmcqueen
      rhiannonhayesmcqueenTuesday, February 24, 2015 at 5:02 pm
      that answer should have been a A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
      • diamondkid
        diamondkidSaturday, January 24, 2015 at 6:45 am
        Wow,I guess that answer really was an A++.
        • peacheslarue
          peacheslarueSunday, November 16, 2014 at 9:06 am
          Guys she is actually on dogo!
          • kdances
            kdancesSunday, November 16, 2014 at 7:40 am
            ok i want to meet this awesome kid she rocks!
            • awesome_kid
              awesome_kidSaturday, November 15, 2014 at 8:35 am
              it's like "find x" and you just circle it
              • meSunday, November 9, 2014 at 11:33 am
                I would give the kid an A++ just for being so awesome. I sometimes do stuff like that, where instead of a number I write down another problem that equals the same thing so that the person cheking it would have to work some, too. Or maybe say, the answer to a problem is 5, so instead of writing five, I write E. E is the fifth letter in the alphabet.. ya you get it o_o
                • nick483
                  nick483Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 11:54 pm
                  Wow you are like me cause I am like an A+ student
                  • nikukyu
                    nikukyuSaturday, November 8, 2014 at 10:11 pm
                    Awesome! I wish MY teacher would do that! Hear that teach?
                    • mandm2000
                      mandm2000Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm
                      So SMART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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