Zaila Avant Garde, Biography

Zaila Avant Garde
Zaila Avant Garde

Zaila Avant Garde is a 14-year-old American National Spelling Bee champion and a basketball player who currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most bounce juggles in one minute (three basketballs).

According to her profile on Instagram, she is IJA Juggling Silver Medalist and Kaplan Hexco Bee Champion.

In 2019, Zaila won the regional spelling championship in New Orleans.

Early Life

Zaila, who was born and raised in Harvey, Louisiana, is an American by birth, but she is of African and American descent by ethnicity.

Regarding her family background, Zaila was born to her parents, Alma Heard (her mother) and Jawara Spacetime (her father).

Her father gave her the last name Avant-garde in tribute to his favorite album by musician John Coltrane of the same name.

Avante-garde is homeschooled by her parents, along with her three brothers.

She began to practice dribbling a basketball when she was five and became interested in achieving a World Record when given a Guinness Book for her eighth birthday.

Date of Birth

Zaila Avant Garde was born in the year 2007 (the actual day and month are unknown ).

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She is currently 14 years old.

National Spelling Bee 2021

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Zaila Avant Garde won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Thursday, July 8, 2021.

She won the 2021 crown after correctly spelling Murraya.

A $50,000 prize will be awarded to her as a prize according to CNN.

The only Black winner before her was Jody-Anne Maxwell, representing Jamaica in 1998.

Guinness World Record

Avant-garde also a talented basketball player with three Guinness World Records in dribbling.

On 14 November 2019, (which happened to be our annual Guinness World Records Day), Zaila accomplished her goal and set a new record with 231 bounce juggles.

Net Worth

It is impossible to estimate Zaila Avant Garde’s net worth.

She will, however, receive a prize of $50,000 if she wins the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee.


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