2003, 2004: Jung Mour
Jung Mour, 22• Current city of residence: Port Arthur
• Occupation: Process engineer at Chevron-Phillips
• Years won: 2003, 2004
• School: Travis Middle School
• Grade: Sixth, seventh
• Winning word: Archangel, epiphany
• Parents names: Ruth and Joseph Mour
Q:How did winning change your life? A: I'm more of an introverted person. I'm kind of shy, too. The whole experience with spelling bees helped me with speaking in front of a crowd and giving presentations.
Q:How did winning affect the career you are in? A: I wouldn't say that it has affected my career choice, but it definitely gave me a lot of confidence in high school and college with writing essays.
Q:What advice would you give to this year's spellers? A: I would go down the list and say all the words in the spelling book and record them. Later, I would listen to the recording and stop the tape after each word and spell it. My mom would be there with the book making sure I spelled each word correctly.
Q:Are you still a good speller? A: Debatable. I want to believe I am. I would hope so.
Q:How far did you advance at the national spelling bee? What prize did you win? I think they changed the format a little bit between the two years I went to nationals.A: The first year, I want to say I made it to somewhere between the first and third round. The second year, I made it to the second round. Both years, it was the same prize: a Webster's Dictionary, $100 U.S. savings bond, a trophy and then the trip to Washington, D.C.