Organizers of Ghana’s spelling programme, The Spelling Bee – GH has congratulated 14-year old Zaila Avant-garde, a student of Clover Lane Home school for emerging the winner of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition.
She has become the first African-American to win the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee formerly the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in the tournament’s 96-year history.
Avant who competed in the 2019 edition of the contest and placed 370th position spelling word to win the title ahead of 12-year-old Chaitra Thummala from Frisco, Texas was “Murraya”, a genus of tropical Asiatic and Australian trees.
Lauding her for the win, The Bee – GH in a social media post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said “Congratulations Zaila Avant-garde! Zaila is the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner.”
Zaila is an avid reader who demonstrated a strong interest in words from a very early age. Beyond her love for words and language, she enjoys learning, new things, playing basketball, listening to music and podcast and hanging out with family.
Ghana represented by Naa Koshie Plange Manyo competed in the Scripps Spelling Bee competition but dropped out of the Spelling Bee at the preliminary stage after she spelt her first word, bêtise, incorrectly.
The Spelling Bee is a literacy programme that teaches primary school children the effective use of the English Language.