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First African American to win the National Spelling Bee gets offer of full LSU scholarship

July 15, 2021

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. “Your academic performance reflected scholarship first! You modeled intellectual excellence,” LSU President William F. Tate IV tweeted. “@LSU_Honors awaits. I write… [Read More]