14-year-old Zalia Avant garde is the Scripps Annual Spelling Bee Champion this year. She won the title with correctly spelling the word Murraya. Do you know what it means?
She has competed in spelling bees for two years. And Zalia already holds three Guinness World Records for dribbling, bouncing and juggling basketballs. All before the ninth grade!
How to BEE a Champion
Two important aspects of words that Spellers need to be experts at:
Philology: The historical development of language.
Etymology: the study of word origins and roots.
The Scripps Spelling Bee is one of the most popular spelling competitions in the world and has been held for over 100 years now. It is conducted in USA every year.
Star spellers must study hundreds of words of the English language each day and need to be able to figure out the spelling of words by getting hints about their meaning and language of origin.
Murraya: A genus of tropical Asiatic and Australian trees.