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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 (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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