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Teen Zaila Avant-garde First African-American To Win Spelling Bee

BP World Bureau | Jul 09 2021 11:15:36 AM
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Zaila Avant-garde made history as the first African American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

14-year-old won by correctly spelling Murraya, a genus of plants. The 90-year-old competition was cancelled last year because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

She is also the first Black contestant to win since Jody-Anne Maxwell of Jamaica in 1998.

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Zaila also holds several Guinness World Records for dribbling multiple basketballs at a time.

Speaking to the media, Zaila called learning correct spelling a hobby. 

As she has three Guinness world records for dribbling multiple balls simultaneously, she hopes to play in the WNBA someday. She will take home more than 50,000 dollars in cash and prizes.