How Brianna Used Her Thumbs to Win $50,000

Thirteen year-old Brianna Hendrickson wins the LG U.S. National Texting Championship with $50,000 and advances to the LG Text For Good Challenge. She has the chance to win a total of $100,000 and donate an additional $50,000 to charity of choice.

LG Mobile Phones announced Tuesday that Brianna Hendrickson from Brooklyn, NY is the winner of the fourth annual LG U.S. National Texting Championship. LG originated the first-ever nationwide texting competition in 2007 and returned this year with additional prizes and challenges.

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Brianna, who sends on average 7,000 text messages a month, claimed the 2010 LG U.S. National Texting Championship and title as fastest texter in the land by typing the phrase, Old McDonald had a farm, Ei, ei, oh! And on this farm he had a champ. W/a txtr here, and BFF there. Here a text, there a text, erywhere a text-text! A tricky twist on the classic song Old McDonald Had a Farm, Brianna completed the phrase, without errors, in 60 seconds using her LG Ally handset.

“I was really nervous when I saw the final phrase and worried my fingers wouldn’t be fast enough,” said winner Brianna. “Hearing my name announced was amazing and shocking all at the same time. I can’t believe I won and I’m looking forward to continuing the competition at the LG Text For Good Challenge.”

Brianna also had to put her thumbs to the test against 48 year-old Joanne Rach from Chicago, IL, who qualified for the final rounds after beating out eight other contestants in the first-ever LG U.S. National Texting Championship Parents (and Caregivers) Tournament.

For the first time in the competition’s history, LG opened the texting challenge to adults across the nation through an online contest via the Championship’s Facebook page, and allowed parents and caregivers to compete for a winning ticket to New York.

Five adults were chosen through the online qualifiers and joined the top three parents and caregivers of the 32 regional contestants for a final round of ultimate texting play.

Ready to take her Championship title to the next level, Brianna will be competing in the first ever LG Text For Good Challenge in an upcoming live TV appearance for the chance to win an additional $50,000 in cash and make a $50,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

Brianna will have to text a phrase that pays homage to past Texting Championships while TV lights and a live crowd add to the excitement and pressure.

In addition to competing in the LG Text For Good Challenge, Brianna has also won the opportunity to compete in the upcoming 2011 LG Mobile World Cup, which features texting champions from around the globe.

Brianna will represent the United States with fellow 2010 Texting Championship contestant, Angel Conlon, for the chance to bring the U.S. its first World Cup title. 

Earlier this year, South Korea took the title for the first-ever LG Mobile World Cup.

Following national preliminary rounds that included more than 500,000 participants, the fourth annual LG U.S. National Championship took place over two days and started off with 32 contestants, who went through a round-by-round elimination bracket.

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