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Thu, 07.08.2021

The First African American National Spelling Bee Winner is Crowned

Zaila Avant-garde

*On this date in 2021, the first African American won the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Zaila Avant-garde, a 14-year-old from New Orleans, Louisiana, was the winner.  The victory meant she became the first African American contestant to win in the 93 years of the competition.

The only Black winner before was Jody-Anne Maxwell, representing Jamaica in 1998. Zaila triumphed after correctly spelling murraya -- a type of tree -- to clinch the championship. To get there, the teen had to navigate her way through words like "querimonious," "solidungulate," and "Nepeta," a word the teen had to reset on and let out a joyous jump after her correct spelling.



New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,- This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with... WE WEAR THE MASK by Paul Laurence Dunbar.
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