First African American to become a Scripps National Spelling Bee Champ!

Special Shout out to the First African American to win Scripps, You Go Girl!!!


Wouldn’t you know it, the first African American to win the Scripps Spelling Bee would be a female (ijs) Zaila Avant-garde of Louisiana spells “murraya” correctly to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, becoming the first African American champion and only the second Black champion in the bee’s 96-year history. Avant-garde, who hails from Harvey, Louisiana, describes spelling as her side hobby. Basketball is her main extra-curricular focus — she holds three Guinness world records for dribbling multiple balls simultaneously.


Awesome job, I am sure we will see a lot of you before you turn 21.