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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  • 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
      • math solutionWednesday, April 8, 2015 at 7:38 pm
        obviously, hossa is the king of hockey. all teachers should accept this forever and ever. am i right? yes.
        • PrestoTuesday, April 7, 2015 at 11:46 am
          Go Minnesota Wild
          • 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+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
              • kimberly56
                kimberly56Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 5:46 pm
                LOL TOTALLY
              • 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
                      • kimberly56
                        kimberly56Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 5:46 pm

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