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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  • joebobdude
    joebobdude4/16/2014
    i would have had marked it wrong
    • slenderxc
      slenderxc4/16/2014
      Reminds me of somebody I know..
      • Cat051134/13/2014
        I like it
        • Cat051134/13/2014
          this is very cool
          • Cat051134/13/2014
            that is very cool
            • Anonymous4/12/2014
              My teacher is really nice so she would probably of given the test back and ask what that was
              • isoli
                isoli4/2/2014
                Wow how does she get an A+
                • mandygar12345
                  my teacher will probably give me detention for this. and I wont blame her. this is very wrong to do. :(
                • larisa
                  larisa3/28/2014
                  i think my teacher would count it rally wrong.
                  • joansel
                    joansel3/27/2014
                    I still don't get hossa means but if I was the teacher I would give it an A-
                    • slenderxc
                      slenderxc4/15/2014
                      It was the last name of the player's jersey. 81

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