Louisiana Girl Makes History Winning National Spelling Bee
Zaila Avant-Garde, of Harvey Louisiana, made history yesterday becoming the first African American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The 14-year-old also holds three Guinness world records for dribbling multiple balls simultaneously. She hopes to one day play and coach in the WNBA or work for NASA.
Zaila only started competing in spelling contest a few years ago, which is rare. Her coach Cole Shafer-Ray, a 20-year-old Yale student and the 2015 Scripps runner-up, says that most competitors start out in kindergarten and have being doing it for many years.
She will be taking home over $50,000 in cash and prizes.
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