Spelling bee legend Zaila Avant-garde is feeling the hometown love from head to toe.
When the 14-year-old Harvey resident returned home from winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a drive-by parade wasn’t the only surprise waiting for her. Husband and wife duo Alisha Tinson Henry and Larry “Duce” Henry Jr., owners of custom clothing and shoe design business D&A Henry Designz, also had a pair of bright yellow shoes ready with her name on them — literally.
The custom Nike Air Forces, created by Duce, are half yellow and half white with bees flying around the black checkmark. One shoe says Avant-garde’s name and “Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion,” while the other is emblazoned with her winning word “murraya” and “1st African American to win.”