Most people spend an entire year earning $50,000, but it took 17-year-old Austin Wierschk just one day. You read that right, “Wierschke, a high school student from the small town of Rhinelander in northeastern Wisconsin, won by texting a 149-character message with capitalization, punctuation and various symbols, in 39 seconds.” Continue reading for the news report and more information.

He is the only two-time winner of the 5-year-old texting competition, the nation’s largest. “I’ll see you next year… bring it on,” said Wierschke. Wierschke said he practiced by texting friends, typing up random phrases and words, and having his mom read off phrases that he would text with his eyes closed.

Kent Augustine, 16, from New York, lost to Wierschke by a few seconds in the last round. This year’s group of competitors, flown from Montana, Texas and California among other states, is a sign of the continued popularity of texting, the contenders all agreed.

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