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LeVar Burton joins Scripps National Spelling Bee as host

LeVar Burton has been hired as host of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Burton gives the competition a celebrity headliner who's also a longtime literacy advocate. His addition to the bee lineup comes as Scripps prepares to take over production of the telecast. Scripps has ended its longtime partnership with ESPN, which televised the bee from 1994 through this year. Burton starred on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and was […]

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African American spelling bee champ makes history with flair

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The nation's first African American winner has breezed to victory at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Fourteen-year-old Zaila Avant-garde of Harvey, Louisiana, didn't show much stress on stage and only struggled with one word in Thursday's finals. She is only the second Black champion in the bee's 96-year history after Jody-Anne Maxwell of Jamaica in 1998. Zaila described spelling as a side hobby, though […]

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