By: Sarah Dewberry
Zaila Avant-garde is this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.
The 8th grader from Louisiana spelled the word murraya correctly to win.
According to the Associated Press, Avant-garde, 14, is a basketball prodigy who holds three Guinness World Records for dribbling multiple balls simultaneously.
When it came down to the final three, they were all girls: Avant-garde, Chaitra Thummala, and Bhavana Madini.
Avant-garde is the first homeschooler to win the coveted prize since 2000.
She is the first Black student from America and the first winner from Louisiana to be crowned.
Avant-garde won a $50,000 cash prize, a commemorative medal, and the Scripps Cup.