MURRAYA. Spelling shyly and almost inwardly, the young Zaila Avant-garde was proclaimed winner on Thursday of the 2021 National Spelling Bee, in the USA called National Spelling Bee. The video of the moment is viral on Twitter. After 93 competitions, Zaila is the first African American to win the $ 50,000 prize. Avant-garde, whose last name was chosen by his father in honor of jazz musician John Coltrane, is already a symbol for other black children, who will be inspired by his example to perhaps follow in his footsteps. In the 1936 pageant, MacNolia Cox was the first black girl to reach the final. Lost. At the time, Cox was forbidden, due to his color, to stay in the same hotel as the rest of his white companions.
The 14-year-old’s moment of glory came when the contest judges proclaimed that the word she had just spoken, vowel after vowel, was the good one. “It is right!”. Jumping for joy and spinning, Avant-garde received the enthusiasm of the audience and their applause under a shower of confetti.
The difficulty of the word is verified by shorthand on computers that have a program that warns of errors in words. If “Murraya” is written, the term is underlined in red. You have to go to the Merriam-Webster dictionary to know that the winning word is a type of tree that exists in Asia and Australia, and whose fruit is edible for humans and a delicacy for birds.
“I was quite relaxed with the term murraya, and with all the other words,” Avant-garde declared proudly, although she was seen on camera fighting a bit while spelling the word “Nepeta”, another word referring to the world of flora. The winner qualifies spelling words as a hobby, as she has basketball as her priority and aspires to one day make it to the NBA. He also aims to work at NASA (US Space Agency).
A resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Avant-garde is a prodigy of the sport of the basket, accumulating three victories in the Guinness Prize of the records for voting at the same time several balls of basketball during a minute (something that often shows in your Instagram account). “I had forgotten the spelling a bit, but I am happy that I will leave it as the winner,” said Avant-garde. “I can’t put away my Guinness records and drop them like nothing.” This year’s victory has been highly anticipated, since in 2020 the contest had to be suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many of the children who participate in the Spelling Bee begin to compete when they are in kindergarten. This is not the case with Zaila. Her father, Jawara Spacetime, saw the contest on television and felt that his daughter’s ability with mathematics could translate her into spelling words. Since then, his progress has been spectacular until he was certified with the highest award.
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