2008: Madison Simpson
March 15, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.
Updated March 14, 2014 at 10:15 p.m.
Madison Simpson, 19 • Current city of residence: San Antonio
• Occupation: Freshman at University of Texas at San Antonio. Majoring in accounting.
• Year won: 2008
• School: Cuero Jr. High School
• Grade: Seventh
• Winning word: Parallelogram
• Parents names: John and Rosalie Simpson
Q:How did winning change your life?
A: I think winning and just the whole experience helped me with my study skills and having a wide vocabulary. As far as communicating with other people, it's helped me with my networking skills. It's a good foundation to have.
Q:How did winning affect the career you are in?
A: It helped me to practice having a goal and setting subgoals and in having the drive to want to achieve things.
Q:What advice would you give to this year's spellers?
A: Study hard. More than anything, have fun. Take what you can and have the most fun with it.
Q:Are you still a good speller?
A: Yes, to a certain degree. As far as what I know and continue to build on, it's a lifelong process.
Q:How far did you advance at the national spelling bee?
A: I went through the first few rounds. I passed the written part and one word on stage.
What prize did you win? I know I received a trophy and a dictionary. I also received a gift card for Encyclopaedia Britannica online.