Zella avant-garde made history at age 14, becoming the first African-American Scripps National Spelling Bee winner after correctly spelling “muraya.” After being crowned the winner of the bee, Jella placed both her hands on his face in amazement and jumped with joy, a moment that has since gone viral.
But there are much more viral moments that belong to multi-talented teens.
Zella is already a basketball phenom, having set three Guinness World Records for multiple basketball dribblings at once.
The Louisiana teenager holds the record for most bounces with four basketballs in one minute; Most basketballs were dribbled simultaneously with six; And most basketballs bounce with four basketballs in 30 seconds.
Jella, according to the AP, hopes to one day play in the WNBA — or even coach in the NBA.
“Basketball, I’m not just playing it. I’m really trying to go somewhere with it. Basketball is what I do,” said Jella, per NOLA.com. “The spelling is really a side thing. things I do. It’s a bit like hors d’oeuvre. But basketball is like the main dish.”
A few years ago her father Jawara Spacetime saw the program on TV and knew that his daughter was cut for it.
Zella is also a highly skilled “mathematician,” according to her Instagram bio, which means she can do wildly complex math in her head.
Following her Spelling Bee win, Zella has attracted the attention of celebrities and pro athletes, including Lakers star LeBron James, who tweeted, “Congratulations Champion!!!!!!”