LG Electronics USA today announced that 17-year-old Austin Wierschke from Rhinelander, WI won the sixth annual LG U.S. National Texting Championship for the second time in a row.
The first LG U.S. National Texting Championship winner to claim the crown two consecutive years, Wierschke received a prize of $50,000 for his speedy thumbs.
For the first time in the competition’s history, LG incorporated a special “Text for a Cause” round to benefit Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign, a nationwide bullying prevention initiative.
“Texting is one of the most popular forms of communication, and yet it continually surprises us just how fast today’s youth can draft and send a message,” said James Fishler, senior vice president of marketing and go-to-market operations, LG Electronics USA.
Facing off in Times Square in the heart of Manhattan, 11 of the nation’s fastest texters put their texting speed and accuracy to the test using the official LG U.S. National Texting Championship device, the Straight Talk LG Optimus Zip.
The Optimus Zip features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for faster, easier texting. The contestants were required to text phrases exactly as they appeared on a screen, identify texting acronyms, text backwards and type while blindfolded.