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Fifth Grader Advises Six Flags To Cut Shockwave; Save Money

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DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) - A North Texas fifth grader is having some fun with math; using knowledge from a class project to give advice to Six Flags Over Texas.

Pecan Creek Elementary teacher Mrs. Pierce assigned Penelope Nunez, 10, and the rest of her class a real world hypothetical math problem to solve – determine which roller coaster to retire.

The two determining factors were efficiency and profit.

"It took me three tries to get the math right," said Nunez about her determination that the Shockwave had to go. "It didn't give as much rides and as much money, and it took up more space."

Nunez's work is akin to the scope of business for high-dollar consulting companies. But Nunez only wanted an A as payment.

"They could put a better roller coaster, and get more money... more trips around," said Nunez.

The response from Six Flags was appreciative, yet firm in its resolve to hold onto the iconic coaster.

"We love that our park is being looked at as not just a place of fun but learning, too. However, Shockwave is a guest favorite and a Six Flags Over Texas icon... so we'll keep it around."

Nunez has never seen the Shockwave in person, and despite what the park said she insists they should "take her advice."

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