How Fast R U? Girl Wins US Texting Title

Fifteen-year-old Kate Moore says the key to her texting success is "all in the thumbs."

The Des Moines, Iowa, teenager is the new LG U.S. National Texting Championship winner. She beat out 20 other finalists from around the country on Tuesday and takes home $50,000 for her speedy and accurate texting.

Over two days, Moore outperformed other contestants at challenges such as texting blindfolded and texting while maneuvering through a moving obstacle course.

In the final showdown, she beat 14-year-old Savannah, Ga., resident Morgan Dynda. Both girls had to text three lengthy phrases without making any mistakes on abbreviations, capitalization or punctuation.

Every one of the contestants got a question wrong. None of them knew that PAW is text-speak for "parents are watching."


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  • by Michael Location: Downtown Merritt on Jun 17, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    And I thought my transistor radio was a big deal!
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 17, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    That is such a waste of time and money. People like this must not have much of a life other than texting, but then again, I beleive at least 90% of the female population loves to text, especially after what my wife tells me, and she is a texting freak compared to me. I just like to go ahead and say what I have to say and then put the phone down.
  • by C on Jun 17, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    I was going to comment on this, but the first four postings summed it up pretty well. I'll just add that this texting contest is more proof that our nation is in serious trouble.
  • by love this country Location: gville on Jun 17, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    So a 15 year old girl got $50,000 for txting....ok say this slow.....A 15 YEAR OLD GIRL GOT $50,000 FOR TEXTING.....this is unbelievable seriously it makes me sick to my stomach.....and we wonder why our economy is in such a bad state!!!! WITN I think you should do a poll on this story: "Do you think money should be given because somebody can text the fastest??" Then ask if they heard the story....see what reaction will come out. I love my country but I'm not in agreement with some of the choices that are being made....
  • by Brett Crogrel Location: NC on Jun 17, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    Is there anything more idiotic looking than someone texting? Sitting there with their stupid thumbs pushing buttons so say something worthless like "OMG UR 2 FUNNY I KNO RITE?" Because of this crap, kids can't even write anymore. I have a sister that is a high school teacher, and students write papers like this. When she tries to correct them, they get hostile, and whine about how they are going to get their mom to complain to the board and get her fired. Now you throw in some kind of contest for this generation of kids, in which they could win twice of what a teacher makes in this state per year, just for texting and it encourages them even more. I've overheard teens say they are quitting school as soon as they turn 16, because they can't text in class, and that's "stupid." The best part? I agree with Humberstone, it's going to be our tax dollars supporting these people in about 5 years.
  • by Robert Humberstone, Sr. Location: NC on Jun 16, 2009 at 08:34 PM
    This is exactly what is wrong with this country. A 15 year old wins FIFTY GRAND for text messaging? This is an atrocity. Seems to me she should have been spending more time on her schoolwork than developing "text skills." In the end, and almost guaranteed, she will be become yet another burden on taxpayers. Check back in 5 years.
  • by Ordnanceman Location: Greenville on Jun 16, 2009 at 04:58 PM
    No surprise there. Cell phones are like a 3rd appendage on chicks.
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