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This 14-Year-Old Sidwell Friends Student Outwitted a College Historian

Students often are encouraged to think critically, to research thoroughly and, above all, not to believe everything they read on the Internet.

Rebecca Fried, a 14-year-old rising ninth-grader at Sidwell Friends, a private school in Northwest Washington, took that approach to the next level when she challenged the scholarship of a retired professor and historian several decades her senior, getting her findings into the very same academic journal that published the professor’s work.