Congratulations to John Legend! Back in 1989, as The Springfield News-Sun reports, the 10-year-old future singer won the Springfield District Spelling Bee by correctly spelling “prejudice,” and he was a sharp dresser even then. “The suit and tie, the steady gaze, the crisp enunciation — John Stephens came to win the Springfield District Spelling Bee Thursday, and win he did,” reads a 1989 newspaper article headlined “Product of home teaching wins bee.” Legend and his siblings were homeschooled by his mother Phyllis. Check out a very cute pic of lil Legend below.
3rd grade spelling bee champ and English major here. :)
— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 1, 2016