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Paulding employees win in work-related competitions
by Savannah Weeks
July 12, 2012 10:25 AM | 3320 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alex Morton is the statewide winner of the Kroger Bag-Off, with categories of speed and weight distribution. He was to compete this week in Orlando, Fla., for the next stage of the bagging contest.
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Alex Morton and Ashley Pike both recently represented Paulding County in work-related statewide and international competitions.

Alex Morton, 19, from Dallas, beat out eight other baggers at Kroger’s statewide “Bag-Off” competition in June. He will represent Kroger when he competes in the Georgia Food Industry Association’s “Bag-Off” competition set for today in Orlando, Fla.

Morton became interested in the competition when he learned competitors could win money.

“I heard I could win some scholarship money, so I was all over that,” said Morton, a sophomore at Georgia Highlands College who has worked at the Crossroads Kroger in Dallas for a year.

Morton has won $750 worth of scholarship money so far in the competition and has the opportunity to win $3,000 at the state competition.

Georgia’s top bagger will advance to the National Grocers Association Best Baggers Contest in Las Vegas, Nev., in February 2013.

Morton said bagging was judged on speed, accuracy and weight distribution of bags.

Employees bagged about 30 items and had points taken off after 40 seconds.

Morton said he has enjoyed his time at Kroger so far.

“It’s a pretty neat job,” he said. “It has its perks.”

Hiram Hooters server Ashley Pike, recently placed in the top 10 in the Hooters 16th Annual International Swimsuit Pageant in Miami, Fla.

Pike, 20, has worked at the Hooters restaurant in Hiram for two and a half years.

She is in school at Georgia Highlands College and wants to pursue a career in dentistry.

Pike placed first in the Georgia state finals and has competed in swimsuit competitions with the company before.

“I signed up at the last minute, but didn’t really expect anything from it,” she said. “I thought it might be fun, and I wanted to do everything I could while working there.”

Pike said the pageant was the experience of a lifetime and plans on competing in swimsuit competitions next year, as well.

“It was the experience of a lifetime,” she said. “I want to try to go back next year, and I’m working hard to go back. It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

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