Many of you may not know this about me, I have been the proud legal guardian of my niece Jackie since she was 11. Nine years later she is a junior at Syracuse University majoring in Psychology. This summer when she arrived home from college we had a deep discussion about working this summer and staying busy, soon after she found a nice summer job. A few weeks after she informed me that she maybe a finalist in the LG text messaging contest on MTV,The 1st thing that went threw my mind was $45000 a year for school and you come home to win text messaging contest? But as I read more into this contest and saw the experience she would be getting I became excited for her. She was chosen in the top 21 in the country, was given a brand new LG phone that wasn’t even on the market yet, she received a  Sony video camera to film her own commercial, live interviews with the Hartford Advocate and Fox News also Ct NBC news. Jackie also recievedan all expense paid trip to stay in a 4 star hotel in New York City for 3 nights for the competition and Finally a chance to win $50,000 first place prize for the nations fastest texter.( I wanted to see if I could get into the contest) 

 Needless to say I was proud. She entered the contest Monday and advanced to the final round were she finished in 5th place.

She was so excited just to be there and could not be any happier. I am truly proud of my niece Jackie. She gets home from New York today and I am going to greet her today with the biggest hug a proud parent could ever give. So parents when you see your kids texting dont just frown at them  because you never know where it could lead them.

How fast R U? Teen Iowa girl wins US texting title

Kate Moore, of Des Moines, holds the LG U.S. National Texting Championship AP – Kate Moore, of Des Moines, holds the LG U.S. National Texting Championship trophy, Tuesday, June 16, …

By SAMANTHA GROSS, Associated Press Writer Samantha Gross, Associated Press Writer Tue Jun 16, 7:44 pm ET

NEW YORK – The nation’s newest texting champion has a message for parents across the land — although they might not want to hear it.

“Let your kid text during dinner! Let your kid text during school! It pays off,” 15-year-old Kate Moore said Tuesday after winning the LG U.S. National Texting Championship.

After all, she said: “Your kid could win money and publicity and a phone.”

For the Des Moines, Iowa, teenager, her 14,000 texts-per-month habit reaped its own rewards, landing her the competition prize of $50,000 just eight months after she got her first cell phone.

Moore, with a speedy and accurate performance, beat out 20 other finalists from around the country over two days of challenges such as texting blindfolded and texting while maneuvering through a moving obstacle course.

In the final showdown, she outtexted 14-year-old Morgan Dynda, of Savannah, Ga. Both girls had to text three lengthy phrases without making any mistakes on the required abbreviations, capitalization or punctuation. Moore squeaked through by a few seconds on the tiebreaking text, getting the best two out of three. As she anxiously waited for confirmation of her win, tears streamed down her face.

The teen dismisses the idea that she focuses too much on virtual communications, saying that while she has sometimes had her phone taken away from her in school, she keeps good grades, performs in school plays and socializes with friends — in person — on the weekends.

In between, she finds time to send about 400 to 470 texts a day. Among her uses of the text messages? Studying for exams with friends, which she says is better done by text because she can look back at the messages to review.

The finalists, all 22 or younger, were among 250,000 people who tried to get spots in the competition. Some won their spots at the Manhattan finals by being the fastest people to text responses to televised ads.

It’s the third year for the texting competition, sponsored by LG Electronics Inc.’s mobile-phones division. But it’s the first time that it was held at a flashy sound stage with an illuminated platform and surrounded by TV cameras. LG, based in Seoul, South Korea, is considering using the footage in a televised special of some kind.

Twenty-year-old Jackie Boyd, who came in fifth in the competition, said she usually prefers text messages to phone calls because they get through faster and they’re more private — leaving her unworried about other people listening in.

“You can get more of what you really truly want to say” across with texting, said the Syracuse University psychology major. “Especially if it’s an argument, you don’t have to worry about saying the wrong thing.

“And if you don’t want to respond, you can always say, ‘Oh, I didn’t get your text.'”


On the Net:

LG U.S. National Texting Championship: http://www.lgtexter.com/


Hello My Training Floor Friends :

My name is Vicki Druehl.  My daughter, Victoria and I have had the pleasure of working out with a number of you at our favorite meeting place–The Training Floor.  Oh, what fun we have!  There’s nothing like getting your butts kicked by Ray, George and Cat.

However, there’s no better satisfaction in life than making a difference in the lives of those who suffer with the diagnosis of cancer.  Victoria, a Junior at Westhill HS in Stamford, is getting that satisfaction as we speak.  She has taken on a vital role in this year’s American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Norwalk.  The event takes place on Friday, June 19th, at 7 pm.  Attached is a letter from her explaining her role and asking for your support. 

I hope you will be able to join in the fight against cancer and help to improve the lives of those touched by this devastating disease.    Come out and relay for the lives of our family and friends!

Thank you!

Vicki Druehl

My name is Victoria Druehl and as this year’s Publicity Chair for Relay For Life of Norwalk, it is my goal to make this year’s Relay better than the last.  June 19th lays the second annual Relay For Life of Norwalk.  The American Cancer Society and Relay For Life committees work hand-in-hand with the communities.  Without their help all of our events would not be what they are today.  With 4,842 Relay For Life events nationwide and nearly $409 million raised last year; we need your help to increase the awareness of the event in order to keep our numbers climbing. 

Each day there are about 20,000 cancer related deaths and as predicted this year there will be 150 people diagnosed with cancer per hour.  As a community it is our job to decrease these numbers and have people become more proactive of this deadly disease.  By holding Relay events it brings the community close together not only to remember and honor those whom we’ve lost, but to celebrate life in itself. 

So with the event fast approaching, I hope you can help this year’s Relay For Life of Norwalk exceed its expectations by bringing more people together in this effort to fight back!  If you’d like to participate in the event please visit our website or if you have any questions please contact me at [email protected].  To make a donation online, log onto the website listed below and search for Team Hope.  Then click on my name to make your donation.  If you want to participate, you can join Team Hope or Team Hope 2 online or in person on the day of the event.  Any donations may be payable to Relay For Life of Norwalk.  Thank you for helping to raise awareness and support.


Health and Happiness,

Victoria Druehl



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