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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  • Cat051134/26/2014
    I like itI like itI like itI like it
    • Maggie C.4/30/2014
      Hi everybody I hoped you liked this article about what I did on my test I love my teacher See ya!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Raiders5/1/2014
      Chicago Blackhawks is one of my favorite teams!!!!!!!
      • nhea5/1/2014
        lol. that was funny I will do that in class.!!!!!!!!!!
        • via5/25/2014
          no defiantly not she's lucky
          • suppajayx93
            suppajayx936/9/2014
            school is cool
            • pandabear1919
              pandabear19196/11/2014
              wow that little girls parents must be proud
              • tisane
                tisane6/11/2014
                this girl is smart and I agree that hossa is 81
                • mickey1
                  mickey16/18/2014
                  if my math teacher from this school year knew what I meant he would of laughed and marked it wrong
                  • :)7/21/2014
                    My teacher would never give me an A+ for that.

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