Amber Jaro: Queen of the baggers!

HINESBURG In the world of grocery bagging, Amber Jaro stands on top. Thats because the 18-year-old Hinesburg woman took top honors in last weeks statewide bagging competition. Jaro, who has worked for two years at Lantmans Best Yet Market in Hinesburg, came out on top in Vermonts Best Bagger competition. For her efforts, Jaro received a plaque, a ceramic paper bag trophy and a trip to Las Vegas to go against other top baggers in the 2009 National Grocers Associations Best Bagger Competition. A senior at Champlain Valley Union High School, Jaro competed against three other baggers in the first heat at the Miller Expo Center of the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. The competition saw contestants place 30 items ranging from canned goods to eggs split between two bags, and the event emphasized weight distribution. The bags had to weigh about the same, said Jaro. You had to think about what items went into each bag. The competition featured a total of four rounds. Jaros final time was 47 seconds in the final section. Lantmans is well-known for coming up with top baggers, scoring winners in 2002 and again in 2004. At the store, Jaro works as a bagger, checking out customers four days a week. You always greet the customer with a smile, she added. The market held sessions to see who would represent the store during the state event. Jaro picked up bagging tips from Vermonts 2004 bagging champ and Lantmans owner Brian Busier. In the meantime, Jaro will practice for the national competition, which is slated for February. Along with Jaro, her mother, Donna, and her father, Todd, will accompany her on the trip. Donna is pleased with her daughters accomplishments, but isnt surprised she has achieved first place honors in the competition. Im very proud of her, she said. Its awesome. Donna said her daughter not only had to participate in the competition, but also had to fulfill other obligations, including filling out a biography and contacting the events master of ceremonies. Still, Amber noted that her familys support played a role in helping her get through the state event. My parents are very excited, she said.

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