Zaila Avant-garde Receives Multiple Full Scholarships to College

The Scripps National Spelling Bee winner could possibly have a university day honored for her.


Zaila Avant-garde, spelling bee Zaila Avant-garde, 14, from Harvey, Louisiana celebrates with the championship trophy after winning the finals of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Disney World Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
By Briasia Russ

Following Zaila Avant-garde’s win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Zaila has received multiple scholarships to college. From Louisiana State University to Southern University, institutions are welcoming Zaila with open arms.  

Due to the 14-year-old making history by becoming the first African American to win the spelling bee in 96 years, Southern University’s president Ray L. Belton offered a “Zaila Day” to honor this win.  

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Not only has she made history, but she’s also broke three Guinness World Records for simultaneously dribbling basketballs. The spelling bee victor and world record breaker plans to become an NBA coach in the near future.