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1991: Brandon Koenning

March 15, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.
Updated March 14, 2014 at 10:15 p.m.

Brandon Koenning (left) with his wife Rebecca (right) and their children Lillian, 7, Andrew, 5, (center) and Marjorie, 2.

Brandon Koenning, 36

• Current residence: Round Rock

• Occupation: Pharmacist in Austin for Seton family of hospitals

•  Year won: 1991

• School: Shiner Junior High School

• Grade, age: Eighth, 13

• Winning word: Isomorphic

• Parents: Mary and Fred Koenning

Q:How did winning change your life? A: It changed my life for a little while. It was my first time getting to go somewhere else.

Q:How did winning affect the career you are in? A: It's hard to say, but communication and being able to spell properly is good in the profession that I'm in. Being a pharmacist, the drug names are really long, and the medical terminology can be complicated as well.

Q:What advice would you give to this year's spellers? A: I read a lot, and that helped me develop my talent as far as spelling goes. Back then, there were no real computers or any kind of device aides to help them.

Q:Are you still a good speller? A: I think so. Sometimes, I catch myself where I don't know a word, but I think I am. I feel like I was probably better back then.

Q:How far did you advance at the national spelling bee?

A: I think I got to the fourth round.

Q:What prize did you win?

They gave us money, like $100 for getting that far.

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