Spelling Bee champ Zaila Avant-garde offered full scholarship to LSU
Zaila Avant-garde, the first African-American winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee JIM WATSON POOL/AFP

From bee to tiger? National Spelling Bee winner Zaila Avant-garde was offered a full scholarship to LSU on Saturday. University president William Tate tweeted the offer to 14-year-old Zaila, who lives in the New Orleans suburb of Harvey just 90 minutes down the road from Baton Rouge and became the first Black-American Spelling Bee champ on Thursday. “Your academic performance reflected scholarship first! You modeled intellectual excellence. (LSU’s Honors College) awaits,” Tate wrote. Tate has promised to put “scholarship first” since taking over as LSU’s president earlier this summer, but Zail...