Spelling bee champ Zaila Avant-garde making national TV appearances

Spelling Bee
Posted at 5:36 PM, Jul 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-12 18:36:07-04

Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Zaila Avant-garde is making several appearances on national television this week following her big win.

The 14-year-old Harvey native took home the prize Thursday, July 8, after correctly spelling 'murraya,' which is a type of flowering plant.

Zaila appeared on the ESPY Awards on Saturday, July 10, where she was able to meet her WNBA heroes, pictured below.

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Host and actor Anthony Dwane Mackie, who is from New Orleans, saluted Zaila during the show, laughing, "Sorry Drew Bress, you're old news ... I'm talking about the Spelling Bee champ."

On Tuesday, July 13, Zaila will appear on "LIVE with Kelly and Ryan" in New York City, and on Wednesday, July 14, she'll travel to Los Angeles for an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!"

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