By Mark Memmott

So, you think your kid wastes too much time (and money!) on text messaging?

What if that kid won $50,000 for being really good at it? Fifteen-year-old Kate Moore of Des Moines did just that in the LG U.S. National Texting Championship. ITN News has video from the championship:

All we can say is, "OMG."

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The champ. LG Mobile Phones

And how did she spread the news? The Des Moines Register says she wrote "I just won $50,000" in a text message to her friends. "I didn't want to sound too braggy about it," she told the newspaper.

Kate got to show off her texting prowess on CBS-TV's The Early Show this morning.

Check in with All Things Considered later today 4 more ... er, for more, on the champ. Click here to find an NPR station near you.

Update at 3:45 p.m. ET. Here's a short clip from ATC's interview with Kate. She tells co-host Michele Norris that she developed her texting skills by ... well ... texting a lot. And, that she's going to save most of the money -- but will buy a few teenage girl "necessities":

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12:15 - June 17, 2009