Jo and Blair take turns counting from 1 to one more than the last number said by the other person. Jo starts by saying 1 , so Blair follows by saying 1, 2 . Jo then says $ 1,2,3 $, and so on. What is the 53^{\text {rd }} number said?

**Answer Choices**

A. 2

B. 3

C. 5

D. 6

E. 8