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2003, 2004: Jung Mour

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

Jung Mour in 1st place at the regional spelling bee on Thursday Mar, 27. 2003.

Jung Mour in 1st place at the regional spelling bee on Thursday Mar, 27. 2003.

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.


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