Zaila Avant-garde

The 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion

On July 8, 2021, Zaila Avant-garde made history as the first Black American champion and the first champion from Louisiana. She twirled her way into the hearts of millions and had some cool opportunities following her big win with the word β€œMurraya.”

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The 2021 Victory Tour

After winning with flair, Zaila began a coast-to-coast media tour, including stops at Live with Kelly and Ryan and Jimmy Kimmel Live!Β Over the next year, she was a guest of host Anthony Mackie at The ESPYS, the recipient of the Stan Musial Award for Extraordinary Character and a featured speaker with Dr. Durnil at SXSW Edu.


Zaila was honored as the 2021 SportsKid of the Year by Sports Illustrated Kids.

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Her winning moment was included among TIME's Top 10 Photos of 2021.

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