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That‚Äôs ‚Äúone in a million‚ÄĚ in texting lingo. Michael Kors iPad Case The Jamaica, Queens, native is an avid texter. He can type 3.5 characters per second.
At the LG U.S. National Texting Championship in Times Square on Wednesday, he‚Äôll find out if that‚Äôs fast enough.
Augustine,Michael Kors Satchels Bags Cheap Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Online (4), 16, will test his chops against 10 other texting gurus ages 13 and older.
‚ÄúThere are a couple of players that are a little bit older than me,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI figured maybe they‚Äôd have a little bit more experience, but I don‚Äôt think it‚Äôs going to be Michael Kors Crossbody that bad.‚ÄĚ
The stakes are high, with a grand prize of $50,000 awaiting the speediest texter. If he wins, Augustine says he‚Äôll put some money away for college ‚Äē but he might also buy a Mustang.
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In fact, he‚Äôs been texting so much that his parents tell him to put the phone down.
‚ÄúSometimes I forget to do my chores,‚ÄĚ he admitted. ‚ÄúSo they‚Äôll be like, ‚ÄėGet off the phone, walk the dog, take out the garbage.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Augustine‚Äôs love affair with texting began after fifth grade when he got his first cell phone. When he got an EnV phone in seventh grade, he started sending two or three thousand texts per month.
‚ÄúI would always get my phone taken away from me,‚ÄĚ he said.
This marks his fourth year participating in LG competition. Last year, he made it to the semi-finals. This is his first time competing in the final round.
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‚ÄúIt‚Äôll be intense,‚ÄĚ he said, ‚Äúbut it‚Äôll be a lot of fun as well.‚ÄĚ
He‚Äôll use the Optimus Zip smart phone that LG gave the finalists to standardize the competition. Augustine said he‚Äôs most excited to meet the other participants: ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a lot of different people from different states, so it‚Äôs nice finding out how their life is different and how it all connects together in the competition.‚ÄĚ
Augustine will spend Tuesday night in a Times Square hotel with his fellow competitors. On Wednesday, he‚Äôll awake ready to text his best in the hope of snagging the grand prize.
He‚Äôs off to claim his title.