. First African American to win the National Spelling Bee gets offer of full LSU scholarship « JO LEE MAGAZINE

CNN/Zaila Avant-garde, the teenager who this week became the first African American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, has earned yet another honor: an offer of a full scholarship to Louisiana State University.

Avant-garde competed against 208 other contestants from five countries to win the championship. She won Thursday night’s final by correctly spelling the word murraya, a type of tree.

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