14-Year-Old Genius Zalia Breaks Record in US After Spelling the Word “Murraya” in a Competition

14-Year-Old Genius Zalia Breaks Record in US After Spelling the Word “Murraya” in a Competition

  • Louisiana native, Zaila Avant-garde, has become the first African-American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition
  • The 14-year-old speller triumphed after correctly spelling a type of tree called Murraya
  • The 93rd edition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, July 8, 2021, in the United States

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A 14-year-old from Louisiana, Zaila Avant-garde, has made history as the first African-American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in the United States.

The 2021 edition of the national competition was held on Thursday, July 8, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA.

The New Orleans indigene triumphed over her contenders to emerge as the winner, becoming the first-ever African-American contestant to win in 93 editions of the competition.

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Zaila Avant-garde: 14-year-old genius becomes 1st African American to win National Spelling Bee in US
Zaila Avant-garde: 14-year-old genius becomes 1st African American to win National Spelling Bee in US. Image: BuffyWicks
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The only Black winner before was Jody-Anne Maxwell, representing Jamaica in 1998, according to edition.cnn.com.

The Guardian and BBC reports that as the winner of the competition, the teenager will be taking home $50,000 (N20,500,000).

Winning the championship

Avant-garde won after correctly spelling a type of tree called Murraya, previously navigating her way through words like "querimonious," "solidungulate," and "Nepeta," to clinch the championship.

Thursday's victory is just one in a long list of achievements for the teenager.

On Instagram, where she has a following of over 14,000 people, she has shared her journey toward the national spelling bee, as well as clips of her playing basketball.

She's good a record

In addition to her recent championship achievement, Avant-garde was the Guinness World Records title holder for most bounce juggles in one minute.

The National Spelling Bee competition began with 209 spellers, ranging from 9 to 15 years old, from five countries: the US, the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana and Japan. And 11 contestants entered Thursday night's final.

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A Nigerian genius

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a 17-year-old Nigerian teenager, Victory Yinka-Banjo, who had nine A's in WAEC in 2020 was in the news again for even greater things.

Victory was offered full scholarships by Ivy League schools; Yale College, Princeton University, Harvard, and Brown College in both the US and Canada to the tune of more than $5 million (N1,902,500,000).

While speaking with the media, the teenager said the whole development came as very surprising to her, adding that she never thought any school would even offer her admission.

Source: Legit.ng

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