Zaila Avant-garde Wins 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee
14 years old Zaila Avant-garde has won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Zaila is an African-American and hails from New Orleans in Louisiana
- Indian-origin Chaitra Thummala (San Francisco) and Bhavana Madini (New York) got the 2nd and 3rd place respectively
- Avant is also an accomplished basketball player.
- She is the 1st African-American contestant who has received the prestigious competition in its 93 years history.
- The 8th-grader Avant-garde correctly spelled “Murraya”, a genus of tropical Asiatic and Australian trees having pinnate leaves and flowers and won $50,000 prize.
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