While he didn't come away with the title of world's "Best Bagger," Hamilton, who has worked at the Kroger store in his hometown each of the last two summers, has a lot to show for his experiences during the last six months. By winning district and state bagging competitions – both held at the same Kroger store in Reynoldsburg, Ohio – Hamilton earned more than $1,000 and a berth in the 21st annual Best Bagger Competition at the National Grocers Association (NGA) convention at Caesar’s Palace, Jan. 29-Feb. 1.
Hamilton, a biology major who is interested in eventually becoming a veterinarian, was pitted against 23 other state winners in the national Best Bagger event. Also a member of the Wittenberg swimming and diving team, Hamilton placed in the top 10 while competing in front of a rowdy crowd that included family members and even several co-workers from Mount Vernon.
"It was nice being there with my family and having the support that I had," Hamilton said. "I got to see all the attractions of Las Vegas, which was fun because I hadn't been there before."
Perhaps most interesting is that Hamilton is one of the subjects of an upcoming documentary film, based on his experiences in the Best Bagger Competition. Crews from an independent film company based in California taped segments with Hamilton, his family in Mount Vernon, and his friends and teammates at Wittenberg.
"The filming was a lot of fun," Hamilton said. "I can't wait to see what it looks like."
By: Ryan Maurer
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