City honors world champion of Rock Paper Scissors

Photo by Dave Gorgon

Photo by Dave Gorgon

Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand (right) meets with members of the Elite 47 group from Taylor. Tim Conrad, the world champion of Rock Paper Scissors, is holding the trophy. The group includes Keith Barnes (left), Luther Barnes, Tom Butkin, Conrad, Sean Perry, Brian Morba, Anna Antonnicola and Nicole Dudenhoefer.

TAYLOR – The world champion of rock paper scissors recently was honored by city elected officials.

Tim Conrad, a 22-year-old Taylor man who won the world title at a 512-player tournament in Toronto, received a proclamation during the Dec. 1 City Council meeting.

The proclamation congratulates Conrad, runner-up Tom Butkin and other members of their Elite 47 group for competing in the tournament and “bringing positive attention to the city of Taylor.”

Conrad is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School and works at the Aeropostale clothing store at the Southland Center. He traveled with five other members of Elite 47 for the Nov. 15 tournament that was sponsored by the World RPS Society and Yahoo! Canada.

Among the 512 competitors were representatives of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Norway and Mexico.

To represent the United States, Conrad donned a red, white and blue Captain America costume, which drew pride from fellow Americans, but also drew some ridicule from spectators from the other countries.

Over five hours, Conrad took part in nine grueling matches, picking up victory after victory, until it came down to the championship match against Butkin – his best friend and a fellow lifelong Taylor resident – in the first all-American final in RPS championship history.

In the championship match, Conrad’s paper covered Butkin’s rock to give Captain America the world championship. He earned a large trophy and the $7,000 first prize. He became a media star in not only metropolitan Detroit, but in Canada and other points across the world, touting Taylor as his hometown. Butkin earned $1,500 for second place.

The proclamation, presented by Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand, said the city’s elected officials “take extra pride in the fact that a world champion calls Taylor home.”