HARVEY, La. (BRPROUD/NBC Newschannel) – The hometown of Zaila Avant-Garde held a drive-by parade for the most recent Scripps National Spelling Bee winner.
There were cars, signs, horses and people in costumes that all came out to honor the 14-year-old.
Avant-Garde is the first African-American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
“Murraya,” was the word which clinched the spelling bee for Avant-Garde.
In 2020, Avant-Garde won the Kaplan Online Spelling Bee and took home a $10,000 prize.
Did you know that Avant-Garde is also a Guinness World Record holder?
This weekend’s celebration was not the first for the 14-year-old prodigy.