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Jody-Ann Maxwell

Choices Magazine's Outstanding Young Achiever for 2002

2002 - Jodi-Anne Maxwell
International spelling champion and winner of The Scripps Howard Spelling Contest staged in the US in 1998.

Jodi-Anne’s education began at the Covenant Christian

Academy and Children’s Centre, and continued at Ardenne Prep. School where she sat the Common Entrance
Examination and gained a place at Ardenne High School. Jodi’Anne’s spelling abilty was discovered in prep school when she became the St. Andrew spelling bee champion at age 10. 

She went on to become the National Champion of Jamaica at age 11 and the International Spelling Bee Champion at 12 by winning the prestigious Scripps Howard competition in the USA. In the process, Jodi-Anne became the first non-American and the first black person to triumph in that contest. Several States in the USA declared a “ Jodi-Anne Maxwell’s day in 1998,” after she became their national champion.

Houses of Assembly, Congress, Boroughs and City
Councils and the Governor General of Jamaica have given Proclamations, Citations and Resolutions.
Both the BET Winter 1999 Magazine and the New York Times listed Jodi-Anne as one of the ten black persons who blazed a trail in
1998 and among those who greatly impacted lives. At home in Jamaica, both the Daily Gleaner and The Jamaica Observer Newspaper have listed her among their “ Best Of Jamaica “ for 1998. 

Over the years Jodi-Anne has shared platforms with General
Colin Powell, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ambassador Andrew Young, Mayor Bill Campbell of Atlanta, Dr. Basil Bryan, Jamaica’s Consul General in New York, former mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York, US Senators, Presidents, Prime Ministers and Governors.
Jodi-Anne received a full scholarship from the University of the West Indies and is pursuing a law degree. 
As a devout Christian, Jodi-Anne gives God the credit for all of her achievements. (June 2001)