Spelling Bee Champion Zaila Avante-garde Has WNBA Aspirations

Zaila Avant-garde, the 14-year-old winner of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, is also a standout basketball player
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Zaila Avant-garde, the 14-year-old winner of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, is also a standout basketball player in her native Louisiana with three Guinness world records to her name.

Avant-garde, who became the first African-American winner of the Bee on Thursday night, owns the world records in relation to dribbling basketballs.

She capped off her victory Thursday by correctly spelling the word "Murraya," and said afterward she's happy to end her spelling career on a high note, though she described it more as a "side hobby," according to Ben Nuckols of the Associated Press.

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