Zaila Avant-garde of Harvey, Louisiana, became the first African American winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in it’s nearly 100-year history.
Now one university is offering her a full-ride.
Zaila’s journey from her hometown of Harvey, Louisiana to the spelling bee finals in Orlando, Fla., took two years, 18 rounds of competition and thousands of words she studied with her father.
The eight grader from Louisiana spelled the word murraya correctly to win the Bee.
Louisiana State University president William F. Tate IV tweeted Saturday that Avant-garde’s academic performance reflected scholarship first and modeled intellectual excellence.
He offered her a full scholarship to LSU.
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! pic.twitter.com/LopV3bdeWI
— William F. Tate IV (@WFTate4) July 10, 2021
The 14-year-old talented teen is also a basketball prodigy who holds three Guinness World Records for dribbling multiple balls at once.
This young lady is well on her way to becoming a force to be reckoned with.