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14-Year-Old Wins National Spelling Bee With Nod To Bill Murray

Can you spell Murraya? (Hint: it's a type of tree)

14-year-old Zaila Avant-Garde from New Orleans nailed it during the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday and walked away as the first-ever African-American winner in the competition's nearly 100-year history.

The only black winner before was Jody-Anne Maxwell, representing Jamaica in 1998.

Avant-Garde, an 8th grader, receives $50,000.

Other words she had to navigate: querimonious, solidungulate, and Nepeta

Avant-Garde also holds three Guinness World Records for basketball, including the most "bounce juggles" in 1 minute.

Zaila's final word was Murraya but watch below as she gives a nod to a famous comedian and a MAJOR Shout Out to Chaitra Thummala from San Ramon, who earned second place in the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Photo Credit: Getty

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