Mount Mercy University junior Jamie Civitate, from Des Moines, Iowa, placed third in the U.S. Cellular's 2010 Speed Text Tournament, a traveling competition to find the fastest texters in the nation. Civitate, a biology major, placed third among thousands of competitors, winning a $500 gift card to U.S. Cellular's Coralville retail store.
Civitate finished first in last year's inaugural competition, winning a $10,000 gift card.
Throughout 2010, residents across the country visited U.S. Cellular retail stores, community festivals and events to enter the popular Speed Text Tournament, which challenged participants to text random phrases as fast as they could. Michael Zhang from Pasco, Wash., finished first and took home the $10,000 grand prize.
Other speedy texters who placed in the top five of the Speed Text Tournament include: