Shelby M. Sebring has gotten a taste of what Robert Langdon must have felt like while cracking the Da Vinci Code.
The 15-year-old from Hancock recently unlocked the secrets of a 1759 sermon, while serving as a Young History Scholar intern at The Bidwell House Museum.
Sebring, who just finished her freshman year at Pittsfield High School, happens to love Colonial history and is an aspiring cryptographer.
As Barbara Palmer, executive director of the museum, explains, each intern is encouraged to do a research project of their choosing during their two-week program. When she found out about Sebring's interests in code, she prompted the intern to take a crack at deciphering some sermons written by the enigmatic Rev. Adonijah Bidwell, the museum's namesake....
Ah, the writer of the article should have pointed out about the DaVinci code, that, yes, Leonardo da Vinci wrote in code, but not in the way the potboiler writer Brown has it.
The young girl did have quite an accomplishment. It's a pity that she apparently isn't a Christian, nor did the sermon she translate lead her into that direction. She should be able to get a CIA scholarship for college, however.