Brown, Josh(born: 1980)
In 1993, Josh Brown, a 13-year old from Sturgis, KY, became the first African American student to win the Kentucky Education Association President's Spelling Bee in Frankfort, KY. He correctly spelled "jodhpurs" to win the competition. His prize was a $150 savings bond from KERA. Josh was an 8th grader at Union County Middle School.
For more see "Kentucky spelling bee gets 1st black champ," Jet, 7/26/1993, vol. 84, issue 13, p. 22; and C. Carlton, "8th Grader from Sturgis wins state bee 'jodhpurs' good fit on ride to victory," Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/23/1993, City/State section, p. B1.