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2021 SI Kids SportsKid of the Year: Zaila Avant-garde

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How do you spell success? Zaila Avant-garde can tell you. She can also tell you how to spell solidungulate and a whole bunch of other long, complicated words, which she proved in July when she won the Scripps National Spelling Bee—just two years after she started spelling competitively. And that’s not even her primary focus: “Spelling it just a thing I do,” Zaila says. “My primary focus is basketball.” On the court, the 14-year-old is an elite point guard who has set four world records for dribbling multiple balls at the same time.