PBS NewsHour

National Spelling Bee winner is also a basketball prodigy

Clip: 07/09/2021 | 2m 23s | Video has closed captioning.

Zaila Avant-garde made history Thursday as the first African American student to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The word she spelled correctly to win was "Murraya," which is a genus of tropical Asiatic and Australian trees. Her victory during the final round also means she is the first Black champion since Jody-Anne Maxwell in 1998. Lisa Desjardins reports on her life and accomplishments.

Aired: 07/09/21

Rating: NR

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