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Zaila Avant-garde, 14, from Harvey, Louisiana, celebrates winning the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee final at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Thursday, July 8th. It is covered with.

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Zaila Avant-garde, 14, from Harvey, Louisiana, celebrates winning the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee final at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Thursday, July 8th. It is covered with.

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Lake Buena Vista, Florida — Whether you’re dribbling basketball or identifying ambiguous roots in Latin or Greek, Zaila Avant-garde isn’t too stressful. Today, she is the first African-American winner in Scripps National Spelling Bee’s 96-year history.

A 14-year-old boy from Harvey, Louisiana blew the championship on Thursday night. Previously the only black winner was also Jamaica’s Jodi Ann Paterson, the only champion from outside the United States in 1998.

Zyra said she knew completely that people were looking at her and dreaming of following in her footsteps.

“I’m hoping that within the next few years we’ll see a small influx of African Americans and not so many Hispanics, so I’d love to see them there as well,” she said. ..

Zaila practiced 7 hours a day on a daily basis, but explains spelling as a side job. She is a basketball genius who wants to play for the WNBA someday and holds three Guinness World Records for dribbling multiple balls at the same time.

Zaila jumped around with excitement after spelling the victorious word “murraya,” a genus of tropical Asian and Australian trees.

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