Zaila Avant-garde wins the national spelling bee!

What a breath of fresh air this story is: a young girl from Harvey, La named Zaila Avant-garde won the national spelling bee.

From PBS:

Zaila Avant-garde made history Thursday as the first African American student to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The word she spelled correctly to win was “Murraya,” which is a genus of tropical Asiatic and Australian trees. Her victory during the final round also means she is the first Black champion since Jody-Anne Maxwell in 1998. Lisa Desjardins reports on her life and accomplishments.

Go watch the clip of her at the above link. Also noted, she’s a world record holder for dribbling basketballs and a noted talent on the court.

It’s amazing that one little girl could have so much talent. Many kudos to her, her parents, teachers and coaches. To have America recognize and honor intelligence again … that’s amazing and welcome!