Are You Smarter Than a 7th Grader?

12-year-old girl predicts the March Madness’ final four perfectly

Michael Redden, Staff Reporter

The odds of being struck by lightning is about 1 in 960,000. There is approximately a 1 in 292,201,338 chance of winning the Powerball. The odds of perfectly predicting the final four bracket: 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. Seventh grader Sasha Anderson played her chances, and was completely correct in her guessings.

Anderson filled out a March Madness bracket as a competition for her math teacher. Anderson’s math teacher,  Since it was her first time filling out a bracket, she based her choices off her own personal thoughts and instincts.

One out of the four teams were based off her mother, aunt and grandparents attending the University of South Carolina, so she picked that school. After looking at the team’s season of  wins with just one lose, the young girl picked Gonzaga located in Washington. With only two teams left to choose, Anderson chose the University of North Carolina because she shares a home state with the school. Lastly, the University of Oregon was based on pure suspicion.

“I just had some type of feeling to pick Oregon,” Anderson says. “I heard their football team is good, so I thought maybe their basketball team is good too.”

Only 0.0003 percent of the NCAA tournament brackets created picked the 4 states correctly, according to CNN.

“I want to get kids used to colleges. used to the names and just being aware,” he stated.

Denzelle Lawson was not trying to demonstrate the odds of perfectly guessing the tournament. He was trying to make his 7th graders aware of the optional colleges. Lawson’s plan was a success. Now, Anderson started looking at the colleges she predicted to win.