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14 years old Zaila Avant-garde becomes first African American to win National Spelling Bee in the US

The 93rd edition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee held on Thursday, July 8, 2021, in the United States of America has successfully come to an end with some history made.

It was full of some tension and spectacular moments at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA where it was held.

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Zaila Avant-garde, Louisiana native won the prestigious competition after correctly spelling a type of three called Murraya.

He win was a historic one that saw her becoming first African American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the United States.

The National Spelling Bee competition began with 209 spellers, ranging from 9 to 15 years old contestants from 5 different countries.

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In the final, 11 contestants entered the stage to battle it out and Avant-garde won after correctly spelling a type of tree called Murraya, previously navigating her way through words like “querimonious,” “solidungulate,” and “Nepeta,” to clinch the championship.

According to reports available at the, The only Black winner before was Jody-Anne Maxwell, representing Jamaica in the competition back in 1998.

Godsway Charles Tudi is a senior editor at from Akatsi in the Volta region of Ghana. I am a graduate of the University of development studies with a degree in journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism. At, trust is our number one priority. We fact-check all our stories before posting.

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