For all the parents out there who can't stand to see their kids text
during meals, during family reunions and during study sessions, here's
a note: that obsession could land them $50,000 and fifteen solid
minutes of fame. Just eight months after getting her first cell phone,
Iowa's own Kate Moore managed to out-text 20 other finalists from
around America in the LG-sponsored championship round.
The event has become someone of a spectacle since launching just three
years ago. With SMS usage on the rise, texting has become a worldwide
method of communication. No longer just for kicks, texting now contains
serious messages and heartfelt emotions. Kate averages right around
14,000 texts per month, which pans out to around 400 or so per day. In
other words, her thumbs are always going.
She noted that she manages to keep up good grades, participate in
school plays and even hang out with friends in person when she's not
texting, but obviously her practice has paid off. She beat other
opponents in a final round, where contestants are judged on speed and
accuracy. In the end, 15-year old Kate Moore had to take on 14-year old
Morgan Dynda by banging out three long phrases without making a single
mistake or missing a single capital letter. Moore managed to best Dynda
by just a few seconds to secure the gold.
Ready to claim the $50,000 next year? Expect the 250,000 individuals
who entered this year to swell to even more, making the prize even
tougher to claim.