David Cohen Ranks as America’s Best Researcher

WHO : David Cohen (16) is a junior at Monroe Township High School and resident of Monroe Township, N.J. David is no stranger to national competitions, having ranked as a national semifinalist for the National Geographic Bee in 1998. David is the captain of his school’s academic team, which is ranked in the top five for the state.

WHAT: David Cohen competed against four of America’s most resourceful students in the competition hosted by Frankie Muniz, teen star of the hit TV show, Malcolm in the Middle . He won a college scholarship worth $50,000 and a trip for two to Stonehenge in England. David will serve as Encarta.com’s first junior editor. He will report on his travels in an essay to be posted on the Web site next year.

WHY: Unlike traditional Bees that focus on rote memorization, the Microsoft Encarta Bee Challenge encourages students to learn life-long skills in research and ingenuity that prepare them for today’s electronic age. Research indicates that knowing how to find answers is increasingly critical in an information-based world. Success more and more depends upon the ability to quickly locate, analyze and use information.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000

WHERE: The Microsoft Encarta Bee Challenge finals was held at the New York City Public Library.

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