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Spelling Bee champ from Louisiana lands cover of Sports Illustrated Kids

4 days 20 hours 57 minutes ago Wednesday, November 24 2021 Nov 24, 2021 November 24, 2021 4:42 PM November 24, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

Louisiana native and Scripps National Spelling Bee winner Zaila Avant-garde has a new achievement to add to her already long list of outstanding accomplishments.

The 14-year-old superstar has been named the 2021 SportsKid of the Year by Sports Illustrated and now graces the cover of the most recent edition of Sports Illustrated Kids. The image shows her dribbling three colorful basketballs, a talent she is well-known for and has landed her in the Guinness Book of World Records multiple times.

Avante-garde made headlines in July when she became the first African-American and Louisianian to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Shortly after, both LSU and Southern University offered Avant-garde full rides. Southern even suggested the naming of a "Zaila Day" to honor the talented teen.

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