March 20, 2002 – Three looks to be a lucky number for 11-year-old Lindeon Davis, the winner of Wednesday's 2002 Territorial Spelling Bee.
The fifth grader at Lockhart Elementary School placed third in the St. Thomas-St. John district competition last month.
And he's the third child in his family to win the big bee. Sister Linesha was the top speller in 1997, and brother Lindelle won two years ago.
"Feels great," the latest Davis to emerge triumphant said Wednesday after besting his last competitor by correctly spelling the word s-t-u-p-o-r, meaning a state of dimmed awareness often brought on by alcohol or drugs.
Twelve contestants from the St. Croix and St. Thomas-St. John districts met at Palms Court Harborview in the annual spell-off sponsored by the V.I. Daily News and Caribbean Professional Consultants. St. Thomas students swept first, second and third places. District Spelling Bee winner Elise Mike of All Saints Cathedral School was first runner-up and Megan McGrath of Antilles School was second runner-up.
The winners all were treated to a visit to Coral World, along with their coaches and teachers. For his victory, Lindeon gets a longer trip, to Washington, D.C., where he will represent the Virgin Islands at the 75th annual Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee on May 26.
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