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Best Bagger In Washington Honor Goes To Colville Teen

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It's a competition that requires speed, smarts and endurance. It takes all three to rise to the top and become the champion grocery bagger.

But a group of teens met that challenge in Spokane Tuesday, to become the Best Bagger in Washington State.

KHQ's Kelsey Watts caught up with a few local teen competitors to ask about their strategies.

"Be calm like you're bagging groceries at the store but just faster," said David Tochinski of Super 1 Foods in Colville.

"We've been practicing with as many different varieties of items we can find," added Brena Thompson of Yoke's in Spokane.

"It's a mix of speed and composition," explained Mel Miller of the Cheney Trading Company. "If the customers are happy that's what makes the best bagger."

They were all hoping for tips from Andrew Borracchini, 18, of Metropolitan Market in West Seattle. He won the state competition last year and just took home an even bigger prize in February: 2013 National Bagging Champion!

"You just get that butterfly in your stomach feeling," Borracchini recalled. "Our strategy was basically focusing in and predicting what items were there."

The grocery products are hidden from the competitors until it's "go time." We watched Borracchini – a guest this year – go through a practice and he managed to fill three bags in less than 26 seconds.

But time is only one component: competitors are also judged on the composition of groceries, distribution of weight and personality. There are three heats including paper and re-usable bags, then the top three compete in a final paper bagging round.

At the end of Tuesday's competition, David Tochinski of Colville took home first place, and will be competing at the national level representing the Inland Northwest.

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