Maxwell qualified for the Scripps competition by winning Jamaica's National Spelling Bee Championship, which her sister Janice had also won in 1990. Her prizes for winning the national[clarification needed] bee included $10,000 cash, and an education trust fund of $11,000 (U.S).
She later went on to host the local Jamaican program The KFC Quiz Show with various co-hosts, (the first two being Dominique Lyew and Damar Pessoa) up until 2004 when the post was handed off to Samantha Strachan and Raine Manley Robertson.
Maxwell was also a contestant on Nickelodeon's game show Figure it Out in 1998. She successfully stumped the panel of judges for all three rounds.
- "Jamaican girl crowned national spelling champ: Wins $10,000 by correctly spelling 'chiaroscurist'". CNN. 1998-05-28. Archived from the original on March 16, 2006. Retrieved 2006-06-20.
- "Spelling her way to success: first black winner of championship is celebrity in Jamaica - Judy-Anne Maxwell wins 1998 National Spelling Bee". Ebony. FindArticles.com. October 1998. Archived from the original on 2006-04-24. Retrieved 2006-06-20.
- "City's Caribbeans Share W-I-N Apple Under Spell Of Champ From Jamaica". Daily News. New York. 1998-05-31.
- Hoffman, Lise (September–October 1998). "Spelling's queen bee - Jody Anne Maxwell of Kingston, Jamaica is winner of Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee". The Saturday Evening Post. FindArticles.com. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2006-06-20.
- New York Times article
- James Maguire's book American Bee
- Jamaica Trade Point page
- Choices magazine article
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