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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  • mandm2000
    mandm2000Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm
    So SMART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • coolnicki477
      coolnicki477Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 5:51 pm
      wow ! Smart way to get an A+
      • sushicat
        sushicatSaturday, October 25, 2014 at 11:12 am
        ha ha that awsome
        • peacheslarue
          peacheslarueSaturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:57 am
          Go BLACKHAWKS
          • sKEPTICALWednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:40 pm
            SWEET ID PROBALY GET A A+a+a+a+a++a+a+A-a+a+a+a+a+aa-a+a+a+a+a+a+a-A+++++------------+
            • AnonymousMonday, September 29, 2014 at 6:32 am
              That's really crazy
              • PersonSaturday, September 27, 2014 at 11:34 am
                Wish any of my sixth grade teachers would except that.
                • peacheslarue
                  peacheslarueSaturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:57 am
                  Me too
                • maggieciara
                  maggieciaraMonday, August 4, 2014 at 5:24 pm
                  I got the account!!! I can't wait to follow people and see other people follow me. I'm going into 4th grade this year! Cheers, Maggie C.
                  • peacheslarue
                    peacheslarueSaturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:58 am
                    Your the girl in the article Well Congrats!
                    • lionz123
                      lionz123Monday, September 8, 2014 at 5:36 pm
                      I just read this and this probally a year later but hi ... I mean hossa excellent idea for a math problem [not being sarcastic
                    • Maggie CiaraSunday, August 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm
                      My test wasn't really that big of a deal. All I did is make a connection. I can't believe that it made it to Dogo News, my favorite place to get news. I like the book reviews the best, though. I'll probably get an account soon. Cheers, Maggie C.
                      • :)Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:52 am
                        My teacher would never give me an A+ for that.

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