Zaila Avant-garde became the first black American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in nearly 100 years of competitions, but spelling is just her sideline.
With apologies for Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the best sporting event on Thursday night was the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which saw 14-year-old Louisiana native Zailia Avant-Garde win and make history at the same time.
Following the correct spelling of “Murraya”, the Avant-garde became the first black American to win the event in 93 competitions. She also collects a $ 50,000 prize for her victory, which is quite impressive considering she just started rehearsing for the event two years ago.
“It felt really good to win because I have been working on it for about two years. So actually winning it all was like a dream come true, ”she said CNN’s “New Day” on Friday. “I felt like at that moment I was breaking out of a surreal dream.”
Zaila Avant-garde hopes to play in Harvard, WNBA and coach in the NBA
It is even more impressive when one considers that the avant-garde refers to spelling as her sidestream. She has ambitions to play basketball at Harvard and play in the WNBA. After her victory, the WNBA Twitter account congratulated her on her performance.
She also hopes to work for NASA after playing basketball, whose coaching in the NBA does not train and pursue a career in genre editing or neuroscience.
Not too shabby for a 14-year-old.
Zaila Avant-garde is a 3-time Guinness World Record holder
Oh, and she also holds three Guinness World Records for her ball handling ability, including most bouncing juggles in one minute.
The avant-garde hometown of the New Orleans Saints was among those who congratulated her on her historic victory.
Saints, LeBron James Congratulates Zaila Avant Guard on Winning Scripps National Spelling Bee
NBA superstar LeBron James tweeted his congratulations at the spelling show and among those who retweeted his tweet was Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The most gifted 14-year-old spell has been the conversation about the sports world and beyond the last day, and she’s just started making her impression on the rest of it.