3rd Grader's Unusual Answer To Math Problem Makes Headlines And Earns An A+


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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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  • wolfieland
    wolfielandFriday, April 30, 2021 at 7:18 am
    Wow. Smart but not smart.
    • gold3nglare
      gold3nglareThursday, November 19, 2020 at 10:17 am
      I would have deducted a point. This is a math test, not a sports test.
      • pairofkeets
        pairofkeetsWednesday, April 21, 2021 at 2:25 pm
        But I mean...technically she was right???
      • HOCKEY RULESThursday, April 25, 2019 at 6:49 am
        Wish Hawks Win Cup Again!! LETS GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!
        • wowMonday, March 4, 2019 at 12:53 pm
          Not at all!!!🤣😂😜lol!!!
          • CoolcatSunday, January 20, 2019 at 1:37 pm
            Cool! My teacher would probably NOT let me get away with it!😂😁 lol!
          • hockey rules Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:09 am
            let's go black hawks
            • chlooe
              chlooeWednesday, November 7, 2018 at 4:39 pm
              It might depend, because my teacher takes things seriously and has some humor, but on the other hand, my teacher wakes up on the wrong side of bed so she's sometimes a bit grouchy.
              • itshockeyFriday, September 28, 2018 at 7:23 am
                wild is the best team boi
                • I_Love_HockeyMonday, September 24, 2018 at 12:19 pm
                  I have no idea if she would let me slide, lol. I have never tried that! Also, woooot! Go hawks! Jonathan Toews is the best! (Hossa is too)
                  • iSpam_kidsThursday, September 13, 2018 at 5:15 am