Spelling Bee Champ Zyra Avant-Garde has some serious hoop games – NBA Sports

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She says spelling is just a hobby. It may come as a surprise to anyone who has heard of Zaira Avant-garde, a junior high school student from Harvey, LA, who became the 2021 Scrips Spelling Bee Champion in July at the age of only 14.rear Correct spelling of the word “Jessamine”She became the first black American, the only second black winner after Jamaica’s Jodian Maxwell won in 1998, and the contest champion in 96 years of history. Zaila is also the first competitor from Louisiana.

A video of her victory and congratulations spinning around was spread by word of mouth, attracting the attention of the basketball world and making money. Retweet From LeBron James to WNBA and Seattle Storm.

But spelling is just a “secondary” to Zaila. Basketball is her favorite.

“Basketball, I’m not free play That’s what she shared with AP. “I’m really trying to get it somewhere. Basketball is what I do. Spelling is really a side thing I do. It’s kind of like a little hors d’oeuvre, but basketball is the main dish. is.”

Scroll through her Instagram feed (@basketballasart), Beyond her spelling skills, it’s clear that Zyra is truly athletic.She started playing basketball at the age of five, and Video clip At just eight years old, she shows her that she is practicing a consistent crossover between the back of the dribble on her back and the combo of two basketball legs. She currently holds three Guinness World Records for dribbling and juggling.

according to New York TimesAfter seeing the National Spelling Bee, Zaira’s father, Jawara Spacetime, noticed the gift of her spelling when she asked Zaira, then 10 years old, to spell the victorious word marocain. NS 2017 IG video It shows how words like Foudroyant and Dutch rijksda are easily rattling. (Yes, we had to look them up too.)

“Since I was a child, reading and speaking have always been something I loved.” She talked with NPR.. “Reading. I have read more than a thousand books.”

The following year, she starred in a Stephen Curry commercial for Under Armor Curry 5s, impressing two MVPs with a handle and a crazy dribble combo.

Both spelling and basketball require extensive training and concentration, and Zaila’s commitment to both is a testament to her excellence.she Associated Press and sharing She exceeds about 13,000 words a day and takes “about 7 hours”.

During the summer, spelling was clearly prioritized over hoops, and the champion said in all her achievements and records that she liked it because of “the spiritual acuity it takes.” But she is just as devoted to the game. Zyra says in basketball, “I really want to go somewhere.” One video of her IG feed Shows her 7th grade, snatching theft, driving in the lane, putting spins on a plate and moving to a basket.At the time of writing this article, she Offering a full ride scholarship, Both academic and athletic from multiple programs including Tulane University, LSU, Maryland.

Zaila has Said She aims to attend Harvard and dreams of playing for the WNBA and coaching in the league. That is, if you are not working at NASA. Maybe you’ll see her run for office someday, or better yet, become W’s commissioner.

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Spelling Bee Champ Zyra Avant-Garde has some serious hoop games Spelling Bee Champ Zyra Avant-Garde has some serious hoop games

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