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Zaila Avant-garde Becomes First U.S. Youth Ambassador For Education Technology Company BYJU'S

Former reigning Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion Zaila Avant-garde will be instilling the spirit of learning in our youth.

Samantha Dorisca

May 26, 2022

Full-Ride Scholarship Offers Are Rolling In For Spelling Bee Champ Zaila Avant-garde At Only Age 14

Zaila Avant-garde is already attracting the attention of colleges! According to The Advocate, Southern University is now the third Louisiana school to offer the National Spelling Bee champion a full-ride scholarship. The Historically Black College and University’s (HBCU’s) president-chancellor, Ray L. Belton, shared the news via Twitter and announced that along with the scholarship, the Louisiana native would receive her very own day at the school. I am pleased to announce that @Southernu_BR is offering #ZailaAvantgarde a full scholarship and " #Zaila Day" at SU, part of the nation’s only #HBCU system. Our student leaders, faculty, and alumni look forward meeting with you. We welcome you to the #JaguarNation ! #WeAreSouthern — Ray L. Belton, Ph.D. (@DrRayBelton) July 10, 2021 “Our student leaders, faculty, and alumni look forward to meeting with you,” said Belton. “We welcome you to the #JaguarNation!” A spokesman for Southern University further clarified...

Shanique Yates

Jul 12, 2021

14-Year-Old Basketball Prodigy Becomes The First African American National Spelling Bee Champion

This is “Akeelah and the Bee” personified! According to CNN , Zaila Avant-garde made history as the first African American contestant to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Avant-garde won all 93 editions of the 2021 competition. After navigating her way through words like “querimonious,” “solidungulate,” and “Nepeta,” the 14-year-old succeeded in spelling “murraya”– a type of tree — to claim her title as champ. And, once she was declared the winner, the preteen jumped and twirled with joy! “I was pretty relaxed on the subject of Murraya and pretty much any other word I got,” shared Avant-garde. Not only is Avant-garde a whiz on the spelling stage, but the Louisiana native has hoop skills too. She gained over 14,000 followers through sharing her journey to the national spelling bee and videos of her playing basketball. Along with her title as the spelling bee champ, she also holds three Guinness World Records for most bounce juggles in one minute. Per the official Guinness World...

Shanique Yates

Jul 9, 2021