Louisiana native Zaila Avant-garde took the reins of Black Girl Magic when she became the first Black American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, as Blavity previously reported. The eighth-grader besting the competition with the word, murraya, to make history and bring a much-needed spotlight on the southern region of the United States, an area that often falls on the lower end of the country's education rankings.

Among other requirements to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee (SNSB), spellers, who must be younger than 15 and in grade levels no higher than middle school, must have been declared a champion of an SNSB-sanctioned final local spelling bee, including state-level and regional bees. While Avant-garde was the only Black girl to make it to the finals of the SNSB, the full competition was sprinkled with Black girl excellence, in particular fellow southern girls, who indeed proved that the South got something to spell. 

Here are five southern Black girl spelling bee champs who bested their local tourneys to compete alongside Avant-garde in the historic Bee.