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Spelling bee champ Zaila Avant-garde is taking Twitter by 'Storm'

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At just 14 years old, Zaila Avant-garde made history Wednesday evening, as she became the first African-American Scripps National Spelling Bee winner.

She beat out the competition after she correctly spelled the word, 'murraya.'

While witnessing her pure joy after winning the competition, the video of that moment has since gone viral.

Several celebrities and athletes have congratulated Zaila on the amazing feat.

And just as the Seattle Storm are the GOAT, we now know that Zaila is the GOAT of spelling.

And as the old saying goes, real recognize real.

AND Avant-garde is also a basketball prodigy who holds three Guinness Book of World Records. 


And once her hoopin’ highlights started to circulate on social media, Zaila is taking the Twitter world by storm. 

Just look at her handles:  

Twitter can’t contain itself right now and rightfully so!

The Louisiana teen joined NBC’s TODAY Show Friday morning to talk about becoming the first African American winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She explained that her win came from “a lotta, lotta hard work… and also a bit of luck.”

But she also discussed how she is currently the holder of three Guinness World Records involving dribbling and juggling.

Avant-garde says she hopes to play basketball for Harvard and go onto play in the WNBA. She also has aspirations of working at NASA someday or becoming a basketball coach.

Congrats Zaila Avant-garde on winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee! We can’t wait to see what’s next.