16-year-old Wisconsin native wins LG's Texting Championship and nabs $50,000

16-year-old Wisconsin native wins LG's Texting Championship and nabs $50,000
Today, in the heart of the Big Apple, LG held its annual Texting Championship where 10 finalists from across the country, including last year’s champion, duked it out on stage against one another to become the lone standing 2011 LG Texting champion.

Indeed, thumbs were flying all over the place as the contestants used the LG Doubleplay to dish out some passages of text on its intriguing split-style QWERTY keyboard. After a solid hour of competition, the only players that remained standing were none other than Wisconsin native Austin Wiershke and last year’s winner, Brianna Hendrickson. During their heads-up session, both players had to text phrases using their LG Doubleplay smartphones, but once the buzzer ended, a clear-cut winner emerged. With the smoke settling, it was none other than Austin Wiershke who was crowned champion.

In addition to holding claim to being the 2011 LG Texting Championship, Austin also managed to nabbed a cool $50,000, which he can use on whatever his heart desires. Furthermore, he was presented the over-sized novelty check for the amount from pop singer Ashley Tisdale. So yeah, as much as some people think that texting is a bad habit for the younger generation, it goes to show that you can actually score something big if you happen to be a speedy and accurate texter.

Don’t forget to check out all the other photos from the event and even some of the LG Doubleplay.

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10. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Well now he has $50,000. If he was smart, he could use it towards a college degree to learn something besides texting

8. gdbw

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 18, 2009

what a loser. He should try spending his time learning an actual skill, nobody cares how fast you can text.

7. Kease

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Ashley who???

6. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Well, if Wisconsin can't win at football, at least they can text fast

9. TMobileRep_52_SwaaaG

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Green Bay Packers? oh, ok, its cool tho, we will all let it slide lol

11. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Didnt Greenbay win the Super Bowl last year? and arent they like 7-0?

2. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

Interesting. I wonder what phone he normally uses. On a side note, he looks sorta like Justin Bieber...

3. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

but somehow grosser looking.

1. Zoenphlux

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

wow, I dont think i'd be really proud of my child being able to text that fast....especially if they had bad grades....lol. Someone needs to get outside more!

4. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

I don't know. If my kid won $50,000, I wouldn't care what it was for!

5. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

I agree with Zoenphlux

12. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

same here, but kids today are too reliant on cell phones

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