U.S. Text Messaging Champion Is $50,000 Richer

Austin Wierschke (left) and Kent Augustine compete in the final round of the Sixth Annual LG Mobile U.S. National Texting Championships on August 8, 2012 in New York City. Photograph by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Austin Wierschke is a very well-spoken teenager, but he’d rather use his smartphone to say what’s on his mind. “Texting is the best way of communicating,” the Rhinelander (Wis.) native says. “You think more about what you are going to say, and it delivers your thoughts in clear and beautiful language.”

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