Featured Session: Zaila Avant-garde & Dr. J. Michael Durnil

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Zaila Avant-garde is the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner and the first African American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 93 editions of the competition. Avant-garde also holds three basketball-related records in the Guinness Book of World Records: the most bounce juggles in one minute with four basketballs, the most basketball bounces in 30 seconds with four basketballs, and ties of the record for most basketballs dribbled at once.

Dr. Durnil leads all aspects of the Bee’s year-round educational program and builds additional opportunities for the iconic and mission-focused brand to connect with and inspire audiences across the country. Durnil has more than 35 years of professional experience in leading teams and charting operations across nonprofit, educational and media-based organizations, with a track record of bettering communities through diversity and philanthropic initiatives.

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Format: Featured
Event Type: Session
Focus Area: K-12 Education