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A passion for puzzles turns into action in Berwick
By Thomas Battle,
BERWICK, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The world of Rubik’s cubes and twisty puzzles has become a well-known competitive field with over 100,000 competitors across the globe. One Berwick middle school student took it upon himself to start an official competition right here in NEPA.
15-year-old Shaun Wiggins of Berwick, Columbia County has not been solving puzzles since he was a baby, but he has quickly developed a passion for this very competitive puzzle field.
“I was in second grade and one of the field trips, I went to the Da Vinci Science Center. In the gift shop, I had some money so I decided to buy it, because it looked interesting. I didn’t realize it was going to be so hard, I had to look up a bunch of YouTube videos to figure it out,” Wiggins explained.
After buying his first Rubik’s cube, the obsession only grew from there.
“After that, I was just addicted to trying to get it faster and faster. Eventually, I bought some faster ones and different ones,” Wiggins continued.
While most people know the typical 3×3 Rubik’s cube, there are over a dozen of these so-called twisty puzzles.
“I honestly don’t know. There’s so many. There’s Dyan, Gan, Moyu, Xman, Xi, there’s so many,” Wiggins added.
Shaun is no stranger to competition, he’s been competing in these kinds of events for several years.