WATCH: Louisiana Teen Becomes The First African-American & 2nd Black Contestant To Win National Spelling Bee ; Jamaican Jody-Anne Maxwell was the 1st Black Contestant winner

Louisiana Teen Zaila Avanta-grade Becomes The First African-American Contestant To Win National Spelling Bee. She is the second black champion. The first black National Spelling Bee winner was Jody-Anne Maxwell of Jamaica in 1998.