Zaila Avant-garde, Scripps National Spelling Bee winner celebrates

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ORLANDO, Fl. (BRPROUD)- 14-year-old Zaila Avant-garde from Harvey, La is the national spelling bee champion, she’s celebrating after correctly spelling the word ‘murraya.’

She’s now taking a break from studying the dictionary and celebrating at Disney World.

“I know most of the words in the dictionary,” Zaila said. “Mainly studying and using a spell program called spellpundent.”

Zaila is the first African American and Louisianan to win the competition.

While she can spell, she is also known for her skills on the basketball court.

Zaila holds three Guinness World Records for her ability to dribble multiple basketballs at once.

She holds the world record in the following:

  • Most balls juggled in one minute with four basketball
  • Most dribbles in 30 seconds with four basketballs
  • Most basketballs dribbled by one person simultaneously

The c-h-a-m-p dreams to play and coach for the women’s National Basketball Association.

“I am going to do something, like going to Harvard to play basketball,” Zaila said.

Her passion for spelling landed her a first-place prize of $50,000. 

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