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14-year-old brilliant girl emerges first-ever African American to win spelling bee competition, bags multiple scholarships

A 14 year old brilliant kid has emerged the first ever African American to win National spelling bee competition and has received scholarships offers from different universities across the country.

The girl by name, Zaila Avant-Garde who is  from Harvey, Louisiana, United state made history after correctly spelling the word “Murraya,” a type of tree, in the final round.

Zaila became champion after beating 208 contestants from 5 countries. She began receiving full-ride scholarships one after another from different prominent universities thereafter.

“Zaila Avant-garde @basketballasart performed at the highest level in the National Spelling Bee. Your academic performance reflected scholarship first! You modeled intellectual excellence. @LSU_Honors awaits. I write to offer you a full scholarship to attend LSU. Here for you!” Louisiana State University President William Tate also wrote on Twitter

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Louisiana Community and Technical College System posted on its Facebook page, “In celebration of her incredible performance at the National Spelling Bee, LCTCS is proud to offer Zaila Avant-garde a full scholarship to any Louisiana community and technical college. We believe our programs, such as aerospace technology, would be a great fit for you,”

Southern University President Ray L. Belton took to Twitter, “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 to meeting with you. We welcome you to the #JaguarNation!”

 

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Meanwhile, Zaila, who holds three Guinness World Records for her basketball abilities, has shown an interest in playing college basketball at Harvard University.

She wants to work in Neuroscience or Gene Editing in the future. She claims she wants to work for NASA or play in the NBA one day.

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