Zaila Avant-garde becomes first African-American to win National Spelling Bee

The 14-year-old Zaila Avant-garde from New Orleans, Louisiana, won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee by spelling the word "Murraya", became the first Black American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

"It was the smile and twirls for us! After tying for 370th place in 2019, #Speller133 Zaila Avant-garde wins the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee.


Congrats to all of our spellers. We're proud of everyone's poise and courage in facing the dictionary. #SpellingBee #TheBeeIsBack" - Scripps National Spelling Bee tweeted.