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Spelling Bees

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jul 28, 2021
  • 17:22
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Fourteen-year-old Zaila Avant-garde recently became the first African American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. For much of the Bee’s 100-year history, spellers who made it to the elite levels were not a very diverse group. But with the advent of Gen Z, this is changing. Since 2008, every Scripps Bee champion has been a child of color. Northwestern University anthropologist Shalini Shankar says today’s top spellers offer a lot of insight into the rising generation. She’s the author of "Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal about Generation Z’s New Path to Success." (Segment produced by Abby Haralson) (AP Photo/John Raoux) Show More...