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Welcome to MATH Magazine’s Numbers in the News! Each week we'll post a math question based on a current news story. Read and solve the question.

If you like, enter your answer in the Comments section. The first person to answer the question correctly has the honor of being our “Winner of the Week.” (We’ll reveal that person, and the correct answer, in that question’s Comments the following week.)

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Texting Teen

Last week, 13-year-old Brianna Hendrickson from Brooklyn, New York won the LG U.S. National Texting Championship, beating out 500,000 other texters. By typing the phrase, “Old McDonald had a farm, Ei, ei, oh! And on this farm he had a champ. W/a textr here, and BFF there. Here a text, there a text, erywhere a text-text!” in 60 seconds, she won $50,000! She also will have a chance to win another $50,000 for charity at the LG Text For Good Challenge. Brianna had a lot of practice for the competition. She sends about 7,000 texts a month! On average, how many texts did she send a day in the month of August? Round your answer to the nearest tenth.

On average, Brianna sent about 226 texts a day in August. (That's more than MATH editor Jack sends in an entire month!)

The caption contest for this photo is closed.