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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  • 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.
        • 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.
          • 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.
              • mickey1
                mickey1Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11:04 am
                if my math teacher from this school year knew what I meant he would of laughed and marked it wrong
                • mandygar12345
                  mandygar12345Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm
                  i agree
                • tisane
                  tisaneWednesday, June 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm
                  this girl is smart and I agree that hossa is 81
                  • pandabear1919
                    pandabear1919Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 11:37 am
                    wow that little girls parents must be proud
                    • suppajayx93
                      suppajayx93Monday, June 9, 2014 at 3:45 pm
                      school is cool

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